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My name is Erica. I am a 38-year-old public school art teacher. I have been teaching for over 10 years and love my job. Unlike many mothers with children with disabilities, I have managed to maintain my career. I feel very blessed to work with over 500 students in our town in Minnesota. I have…

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This is a guest post written by my younger sister, Tiffany, who has a diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type. Tiffany has shared regular guest posts on my blog since February 2015. The purpose of her posts is to raise awareness of what it’s like to live with mental illness. I’m also hoping the posts will help readers recognize that…

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My dream to write books began with you, mama. You, sweet you. 13 1/2 years ago when my first born was just five months old, I cracked open a new book titled Mother Shock: Loving Every (Other) Minute of It by Andrea J. Buchanan. It rocked my world. Andrea’s words spoke to my needs as a new mom,…

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It’s been a bit breezier here this week. A slight chill is in the air. Fall’s just around the corner. The annuals are looking worn and torn from the dry, summer heat. Our garden is still vibrant for late August, but plenty of plants are overgrown, beyond bloom, and in need of a hearty prune. The kids have their…

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I brought my girls and a friend to the beach yesterday, and happened to plop myself in front of a group of three moms and their kids. Clearly, they knew each other and had the afternoon planned well in advance. Based on the conversation I overheard and behavior I observed (one of the moms took 20 minutes…

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  • Tara DornJune 22, 2016 - 9:09 pm

    Amen! Perfectly written, Amy! I never thought I would be a stay-at-home-mom, but due to life’s circumstances (and God’s plan), here I am, about to start year 9! I am a rare bird too, in that weird place where my kids are all in school full time, and I am still not bringing in a paycheck – so am I still called a stay-at-home-mom? During the summer, yes, but during the school year? Volunteer maybe? I am very thankful for the secret societies that I have and I love that you called them that! I was recently at an event for a friend and went through the whole range of guilt, shame, not good enough, jealousy, and even a bit of anger when the others there said, “oh you’re JUST a stay-at-home-mom”. I felt that I had to defend myself and go into all of the situations that have caused me to sstill be home – my mom’s battle with cancer and most recently, my dad’s brain injury and how I will be becoming my own Dad’s guardian soon. I know that it is my own self-consciousness and I shouldn’t care about being valued by society, but I do have to continuously remind myself that God values me and that is really all that matters! You hit the nail on the head with this entry, Amy, keep on writing!!!ReplyCancel

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