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New Beginnings

In the hours between when we knew we were going to lose Peyton and when they pronounced him, his father and I were approached by a representative from the Texas Organ Sharing Alliance about donating his organs.  We immediately agreed.  You see, about 2 months before, Peyton […]

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Not All Wounds Are Visible

I’m a member of a private group on Facebook that is just for mothers who have no surviving children.  There is a connection shared between these women that only another mother in the same situation will understand.  Death is never easy – any kind of death – […]

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You Are Not Invisible

As a teacher, I see a variety of kids every day.  Some I grow very close to, others only allow me to know their name, rank and serial number.  When I look at all the faces, all the potential, I often wonder what Peyton’s teachers saw when […]

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Oh Captain, My Captain

There is something very humbling about realizing that others don’t see you the way you see yourself.  Humbling and a little bit unnerving too. The beauty of Kindness Matters is that it is helping to raise awareness to an ugly and often silent epidemic in our society. […]

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The Feathers Of Hope

The Feathers Of Hope

In 1861, Emily Dickinson wrote, “Hope” is the thing with feathers – That perches in the soul – And sings the tune without the words – And never stops – at all – And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard – And sore must be […]

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Another Brick In The Wall

Another Brick In The Wall

“I have become comfortably numb.” Way back in 1979, Pink Floyd sang these words. I’m sure they had no idea how perfectly they would nail the emotions of a then 13 year old girl who has now become an almost 50 year old woman. But, nail them […]

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Escape With The Doctor

Escape With The Doctor

Today, I’m watching the movie, “Dr. Who” from 1975 – mostly because I know I’d be watching it if Peyton were sitting next to me. It’s cheesy and the special effects are laughable, but hey, it was 40 years ago. I guess it was pretty spectacular back […]

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A Letter To My Boy

A Letter To My Boy

My sweet, angel-faced boy, A year.  365 days.  I can’t believe its been a year since I held your hand in mine as the doctors and your nurse, Irl, moved you out of your room in the PICU to take you to donation surgery.  As I sit […]

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A Connection Between Moms

There are moments in life that define you.  These moments can affirm decisions that you made a previous point in your life and sometimes they can bring a bit of lightness to the dark.  I had such a moment on Friday, September 25 around 8:30 in the […]

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Through the Looking Glass – a look at the other side

A few weeks before school started, I got a rather cryptic text message from a dear friend.  It had a phone number in it and said, “This is my friend Jeff’s number.  I’ve known him since kindergarten.  He might have a wonderful gift for you.”  I was […]

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