You have only to turn on your computer or smartphone to encounter a barrage of “What Not to Say” articles on your favorite social media sites. Mothers seem particularly fond of using this style of writing to reveal the unkind and thoughtless things people have said to them about a particular reality of their […]
Author Archive | Jessie Todd
Grimes is on the northwest side of Des Moines. It has the convenience of living in a metro area and the sense of community provided in a small town. This post is sponsored by Ingrid Williams Real Estate Team.
I grew up in a tiny town in Southeast Nebraska. It wasn’t even big enough to have a stop light, but what we lacked in size, we made up for in community. Our town was made up of citizens largely of Dutch ancestry who enthusiastically embraced the celebration of May Day. From the time I […]
My seven-year-old daughter is an artist. She crafts and cuts and sews and staples and markers and molds and paints and braids all over my house. And it drives me crazy. Because her art stuff is everywhere. I have a far higher tolerance for mess than some, but even so, she tests […]
It was our fifth day at Blank Children’s Hospital with our very sick son. Our baby boy had received excellent round-the-clock care, but my husband and I still hadn’t heard a definitive diagnosis to explain his illness. We were beyond exhausted, hadn’t slept well in days, were living off caffeine and junk food, and hadn’t […]
In terms of fertility, I have been all over the place. From an unexpected pregnancy only a few months after my wedding to a disappointing miscarriage after our firstborn, followed by years of trying in vain for another child, it’s been a wild ride. Thanks to the fabulous physicians at Mid Iowa Fertility, I […]
I know more about blood than I ever wanted to know. I’m not a hematologist, oncology nurse, or even a person who likes to read nonfiction. What I am, however, is a mother of a child who used more than his fair share of other people’s blood and blood products. In fact, my son is […]