My first moments of motherhood are etched in my brain in indelible print. Sitting by my son’s incubator day after tedious day, I tried to glimpse his body through the tangled wires and machinery. When the Huggies newborn diaper covers your baby from head to toe, it’s enough to make any new mother wonder if she got more than she bargained for.

And so I sat, and sat, and sat. I was not allowed to hold him due to the line that he had running into his umbilical artery through his microscopic bellybutton. Instead I moved aside the tangled rainbow of wires, and tried to find a fuzzy place to stroke. I had read that massaging premature infants was a stimulant for them and this kid sure could have used some of that. Continue reading “NICU”


We all want life to be easy — a cruise along the Riviera, our daily 18 holes of golf, a tan and a drink…

So when life throws little wrinkles in the fabric, we rail against the unfairness. We bristle with frustration. “Why me?”

If you think life is supposed to run smoothly and easily, I can promise you a life of frustration. Your daily existence will never conform to your expectations, no matter what you do, no matter how much money you have.

Because life isn’t meant to be like that. This is a world of challenge, since only through challenge do we really grow. Continue reading “Challenges”