My Friends Think I’m Crazy

Heather Riggleman honestly

I’m not a very good mom. No really — I’m not. I forget homework projects for preschool, I set grilled cheese on fire, I make cupcakes explode in the oven and (often) I forget to pick up my oldest from …

Fields of Dreams

Heather Bryant honestly

My lifelong dream was to own a self-sufficient farm. In my dream I would have a beautiful century-old house on top of a mountain that overlooked hundreds of acres of well-tended pasture and woodlands. I would raise two wonderful children …

My Hospital Confession

Hello Dearest honestly

Hello, Dearest I have a confession: I didn’t feel that “instant love” that moms talk about when they first see their child. Please understand, I love my child. I loved her before I saw her, before I held her. But …

The Journey of Healing

Susan Besze Wallace honestly

After holding my lifeless daughter through the night, it was time to give her tiny body to the nurse. The sun was coming up, but I was sure there would never be a darker moment. Until I looked outside my …

Women and Depression

Dr. Carrie Carter honestly

Q: A lot of women in my MOPS group (including me) have struggled with depression — both postpartum and depression in general. What form of treatment do you recommend? A: I empathize with you deeply, for I, too, have spent …

Queen for a Day

Alicia Bruxvoort honestly

“What do you really want for Mother’s Day?” my 10-year-old daughter asked on a Sunday morning as I stashed the breakfast dishes in the dishwasher and scrubbed drizzles of caramel off the kitchen counter. I glanced at the clock, at …

The Baby Registry Shuffle

Rachel Oliver honestly

Hello, Dearest I’ve changed the pack n’ play three times on my baby registry, the highchair twice, and I go back and forth deleting and re-adding the adorable birdie swing. Who knew there would be so much pressure registering for …