“Why do you think he’s in a wheelchair?” My daughter pointed to the outline of the man pushing the large wheels of his chair on the page in front of us. “I’m not sure,” I answered honestly. “Maybe he hurt his legs, or maybe he was born with legs that aren’t able to walk.” Whatever the reason, I was aware in that moment of the important lesson being shared over our library book: learning about someone who is different than ourselves. As parents, we’re all trying to do our best every … [Read more...] about “Celebrating Our Stories” Releases!
Unexpected. Overwhelming. Distressing. It felt like everything changed when the words of our daughter’s severe diagnosis were uttered. As my husband Evan and I began to learn about all of the facets of her rare and life-threatening skin disorder, the whisperings of certain phrases seemed to accompany each sentence of her prognosis: Can’t. Might Not. Won’t Be Able To. Will Never. Instead of imagining a world of possibilities like you tend to do when your child is born, it felt like a … [Read more...] about Seeing Each Other Through a Mother’s Eyes
In 2017, my friend Ginger roped me into a super lofty goal (for me) of reading 75 books. By fall though, I ended up scaling back a bit in favor of slower reading, so that I could really savor some deeper books. In the end, I completed 61, which was a few more than the previous year. What I found is that I started and put down way more books this year than I ever have. I don't know if it was the large looming goal or if I was choosing the wrong books, but whatever it was, I decided not to even … [Read more...] about My Favorite Books Read in 2017
She chattered away as I rubbed the gentle washcloth on her fingers, back and forth. “My skin is redder than your skin is,” she commented, and I confirmed the obvious. “Mama,” she asked me after a moment. “Will my skin always be like this?” I felt the tightening within me at this simple question that holds so many intense feelings, so much uncertainty about the future. In our daughter Brenna’s nearly six years, we’ve always tried to be as honest as possible, because we believe - and hope … [Read more...] about When My Daughter Asked If She Would Always “Be Like This”
Wendy, the oldest of six children growing up in Guatemala, became the first of her siblings to finish 6th grade and had plans to continue her education. But she was devastated when her parents told her they could no longer afford to send her to school. At just 12 years old, Wendy got a job in a nearby city at a tortilla store, where she slept in a small bed in the kitchen. She worked from 5:00 in the morning until 10:00 at night, making tortillas. Her compensation? Less than three dollars a … [Read more...] about When Stickers Build Libraries: Helping to School the World