Saturday, May 21, 2016


may 2016,  34 weeks - photo by Alanna Story

My first Mother's Day was a dream. Being in the hospital isn't real out of the ordinary for us, & as an added benefit I got breakfast, lunch AND dinner in bed. ;) Family. Gifts. Togetherness.  What a beautiful day. 

I am so thankful that this year I was able to celebrate Mother's Day with my own son. Something that I dreamt about, but wasn't quite positive would ever be a reality for me. Having CF you grow up hearing "you probably won't have kids", & the truth of how extremely difficult/rare it is to get pregnant. 

I always knew I wanted a family, but what I pictured my family unit being was unknown. Me with a husband? Me being a "favorite auntie" to everyone kids that I knew? Maybe I'd marry somebody who already had kids. Maybe I'd make a career out of being a nanny and helping raise kids that way. Would our family and hearts be fulfilled through adoption? Maybe surrogacy? Any way it happened, I knew I would be happy with, but this year I am just grateful that I was able to celebrate all together.

Whichever way your motherly roles are fulfilled; I hope you were able to feel the special honor during this holiday.

xx, M

Saturday, May 14, 2016


I came across this article last night. The words and concept rang so true to me. Why don't we think like this more often? I want to share it with others, but mostly put it on here so I can always return & read it over, & over again. I am grateful for this reminder and "ah-ha" moment it included.

xx, M

Saturday, May 7, 2016


Hi, I'm mandie. Thanks for stopping over. It is great to have you visit. I 've always enjoyed typing (thank you Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing CD's) but I've always been scared of 'writing'.  

This blog has been awhile coming, I've just been working on getting over my fears of putting my story out there. We all have to learn to toughen up some how, and 'getting out of my own way' is just the beginning. I learn from others and maybe God gave me this unique story for others to learn from me.

I'm currently writing my first "post" while in the hospital, as an inpatient. Though, I have been writing "blog post drafts" in my journal for over a year. 

Patience please, while I take on this endeavor. Thanks for stopping by, and I'm so grateful you are taking the time to read. 

If you like what you find, please share with others. 
YOU can be part of this adventure and help my story touch each continent, on our beautiful earth.

Feel free to leave a comment and come back sometime.

xx, Mandie