For the last week, I’ve been on our annual family vacation to Nags Head, NC. There’s nothing quite like taking a break from daily life and spending it playing in the pool, reading by the beach, go karting and eating dessert. For the 14 of you that have subscribed to follow Mothering Miracles so far, that’s why the blog’s gone quiet! I’m a little tanner and a lot more rested.
This blog is still in its early days and I’ve been thinking about how I want to use it. Over the last couple of weeks, two of my posts (The Thing No One Ever Told Me About Having a Preemie and 1o Ways to Make Doctor Visits Easier on Your Child) have been published on Huffington Post and then another on Mamamia/iVillage in Australia.
It’s been reaffirming to me to continue what I’m doing when people identify with my posts. I thoroughly enjoy reading the comments from readers and my Facebook friends. And it’s the direct emails that really tug on my heart – the families of preemies or newly diagnosed kids with cancer – and make me want to keep this up. It’s important to share what I’ve been through and what my kids have overcome. There is hope that a micro preemie with a grade 4 bleed can be normal; there’s hope that a high-risk pediatric cancer diagnosis like Neuroblastoma isn’t a death sentence. So often the Internet is filled with bad news and sad stories. That’s all I found when I was desperately searching for someone like me; for children like Jackson and Abby.
It’s very cathartic for me to write about what I went through as a mom. I have all this abnormal experience in dealing with doctors, nurses, hospitals, IVs, distraction, cancer, breastfeeding, bill paying, insurance, physical therapy, social work, second opinions, medical travel, marriage stress and motherhood blues.
So…what are my goals? I think eventually, I would like to write a book, but I have no idea how to get started. I’m more of a sprinter than a marathoner, so blogging seems like a good fit at the moment.
In the meantime I know I want to:
- Publish two blog posts per week
- Provide my experiences as a resource to parents and children in the midst of their struggles
- Continue to chronicle my kids’ journeys
- Share my personal viewpoint as Jackson and Abby’s mother
- Show how God worked in our lives, even when it didn’t seem like it
If you have any ideas you’d like me to write about – feel free to comment below!