The Suckitude of February: Message Received

This month has been hard hitting and at times downright cruel. It is February.  It is to be expected.  Ava is five and she is not here.  As disappointment, heart break and earthshaking moment has gone through me time and again this month I ...Read More

Preeclampsia Foundation of Canada

I am delighted to announce that the Preeclampsia Foundation of Canada is now up and running. http://www.preeclampsiacanada.ca/ As a Canadian I have gotten very used to things only being available in the United States.  Whether that be a version of Amazon where anything can ...Read More

Birth and Beyond 2016

I have the esteemed pleasure of being asked to return to the Birth and Beyond Conference in October 2016.  I spoke at Birth and Beyond in 2013 and 2014 and each time left me changed as a person.  Birth and Beyond, in part, brought me ...Read More

The Fifth Christmas Eve

This year was our fifth Christmas without our eldest daughter.  Christmas serves as the wind up into grief season for us, with the familiar thoughts, memories, tastes and smells that bring back 5 years ago so potently. Some days are better than others over ...Read More

The year 2015

As I have the last number of years I am joining Brooke in completing a review of our year, questionnaire style. 1) What did you do in 2015 that you had not done before? Published my book, had a book launch, got a big ...Read More

Fall out before the let down

Every November it happens. I do not know if  this year I am keyed into it, aware of it and noticing or even looking for it but the fall out before the Christmas let down is palpable this year. November and early December have ...Read More

Book Launch

All photos courtesy of Hartistree Photographics and the amazing Aroha! The launch party for “In the Shade of Ava’s Tree” took place last month and I cannot say I have fully wrapped my head around it fully.  A beautiful evening, bittersweet and moving as ...Read More

Welcome Josie!

There were days where I could not imagine a month going by without spending time in this space. Sometimes you need to take a step back, to reconsider, evaluate and reignite the passion. After the book and all that involved I needed to let ...Read More