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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

This is a guest post written by my younger sister, Tiffany, who has a diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type. Tiffany has shared a monthly guest post on my blog since February 2015. The purpose of her regular posts is to raise awareness of what it’s like to live with mental illness. Last month, Tiffany honored our mom’s unique journey through…

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  • Carol FemlingJune 18, 2016 - 1:11 am

    Great tribute to your dad, Tiff!! Yes, you three kids were blessed to have a dad that spent so much quality time with all of you!! Love you! ❤️ReplyCancel

  • Angie HanlonJune 17, 2016 - 10:11 pm

    This is so heartfelt, with so many great details. Bless you and your dad this weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Sandi BishopJune 17, 2016 - 6:19 pm

    YOU are both blessed! What a wonderful tribute. We are believing for that transplant to take place soon and for a positive recovery.ReplyCancel

  • Dianne Kay DahlJune 17, 2016 - 5:20 pm

    Tiffany, what a beautiful tribute you have written! We are all praying that you have many more years to make happy memories!ReplyCancel

  • Denise KormanJune 17, 2016 - 4:57 pm

    Tiff, As I read your blog about you and your Dad I have tears running down my face…knowing you so well and feeling like a part of the wonderful Femling family I understand exactly how you feel ! I believe your Dad has such a positive attitude on life that he will receive a transplant quickly and recover to take those long walks with you and talk and talk like he has always done.It’s in the good Lord’s hands now and he will take care of your Dad ! Keep your faith strong, be positive and watch for the incredible miracle ! As our Jewish friends say , ” To Life, To Life, Lukieum..” As I say, “To Life To Life Bruce”…We are all praying and pulling for him in SC…see you when he gets the call !ReplyCancel

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