One Hot Mama


Almost 8 years ago I was sitting in my OBGYN’s office for my 6 week follow up appointment after having my fourth child. I was feeling frustrated, depressed and discouraged.

After getting checked over and getting the “all clear” I said, “Hey, doc, one more thing…what can I do about this?” pointing to my stomach.

“What do you mean?”

“I mean, I’m not happy. I don’t want it to stay like this. There’s got to be something I can do.”

He looked at me like I had three heads and then replied, “Are you f-ing crazy? Oh Alecia, you just don’t get it. Don’t you realize that you’re OHM?”

I’m sorry, what? I don’t follow. Is that a disease? Is there a pill I can take for that?

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Awhile back at work, all of us were given a rose to take home. It was a sweet surprise. As usual, with a single flower, the roses had the little water capsules on the stem to keep them hydrated till they were able to get into a vase.

I took mine home, laid it on the counter and forgot about it. The next morning, I came downstairs to see that my flower had made it into a vase full of water. My sweet Chloe had been trying to be helpful. I thanked her and went about my day…only to find that my flower was dead by the next morning. I thought…how odd. Roses usually last a good week for me! Continue reading

Looking Ahead…Intentionally

It’s that time of year! The time when we look back at all of the accomplishments of the past year and all of the misses too. It’s also the time that we look forward…to what may come, to what we want to see happen, to the goals we have set and the dreams we have dreamed.

2014 is going to a big year, isn’t it? Regardless of whether I participate. Regardless of whether or not I step up and dream my dreams and set my goals and go after them. This year is big. Every year is. We can either choose to look forward (live and move and grow and challenge ourselves) or look behind (stew over regrets and missed chances and mistakes). Continue reading

Is That All it Takes?

ImageToday I’m home with two sickies. We all stayed home from school. Me from my classroom, they from theirs.

So once I had the puke cleaned up and the dishes caught up and the laundered bed sheets all re-assembled I thought, wow, I actually have time to write a blog post today.

Is that all it takes?

A sick day?

Geesh, if I had known that we would have been running things a little different ’round here.

Of course, its not my sick day. If it were my sick day I’d be half naked laying across my bed unconscious with a saltine sticking out my mouth and a Kleenex stuffed up my nose. Nice picture I painted there, no? Continue reading


Today, I am just grateful.

Grateful for new jobs that are a great fit for my husband and myself and our family. These jobs have literally changed everything and we couldn’t be happier with them and how positive they are for our family and our future.

Grateful for new friendships. We were stuck in a rut working and going to school all the time and after 2 ½ years in this community we are finally making friends. Right in our neighborhood. It’s been a busy summer. Completely different than what we’ve been used to. And we’re lovin’ it!

Grateful for people who get what we go through with our kids and don’t judge us. We’re surrounded by people who totally and completely get special needs. Whether because they work with them or because they have their own children with special needs. It’s a complete Godsend to be around people who aren’t put off by the way my child acts

Grateful for new friendships and experiences for our kids. All of our kids have grown tremendously this summer. We met a few wonderful families from our neighborhood and our kids have been dealing with peer issues, sharing, more opportunities for interaction than they know what to do with, sleepovers, playdates…running to and from each others houses. They. Are. In. Heaven. And its been really good for my kids who have a harder time socializing as well because there have been many lessons and opportunities to try new things and be in new situations.

Grateful for my girls friend who really seems to “get” her. They were playing on the playground the other day and she started pushing all the swings so that they were all moving at the same time and couldn’t stop. I could see her friend calling her and wanting her to join her and she had to go all the way down the line on the swings. Her friend  came and joined her. And started helping her push all the swings. I thought that might cause problems. But, it didn’t. My girl actually seemed to appreciate the help as they worked together. And the swings got moving faster and they were able to move on to something else. Some other friend might get tired of my daughter and her little quirks. This friend seems to just roll with the punches.

This was most definitely the summer of gratefulness. Can’t wait for all the friendships, experiences, and fun that the next year brings.