A Heritage of Strength

A woman who inspired me long before I truly became a woman was my paternal great grandmother, Oma Van Roon. As kids we called her “Old Oma.” She passed away …

The Role of a Lifetime

You’ll be a natural. Your little ones are so lucky. It must be non-stop entertainment for the kids at your house. You were meant for this. You were born to …

On Being a Young, Widowed Mother

In November 2013, I stood with my 18 month old son on my hip as he yelled, “bye bye, Daddy” over and over again as the funeral director slowly closed …

Every Dream I Had for Him I Dreamed Alone

My son’s father walked out on me one evening out of the blue. I start here because this is where everything ended, and everything began. I had no idea, standing …