Growing Up Transgender: Thoughts, Advice, and Hope

Jan 26, 2016 by

My friend Natalie and I have a lot in common. We love fashion and makeup and manis and pedis.  We love the summer and give each other pep talks to get through the long cold winter months.  We’re both girly girls.   There are some differences though.  Natalie is a huge dog person.  Me, not so much.  Natalie loves her Jeep.  I don’t really care about my car.  Natalie is transgender, and I am not.

natalie2When I met Natalie a few years ago, she was Nate.  I’ll never forget Nate: a fun, bubbly, gorgeous boy with fabulously long, tan legs that had me envious.  Over the past few years, this fun, bubbly, gorgeous person has been transforming into her authentic self, who happens to be a beautiful, generous, thoughtful woman.  She’s a woman who finds joy in performing random acts of kindness, has literally given her last dollar to a homeless woman, set up a fundraiser to help a friend in need; she is truly a kind soul.  Yet Natalie struggles every day with things you and I may not think twice about.

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milestones in a rainbow colored life

Jan 13, 2016 by

But as time marches on, winding its inevitable way through our lives and our memories, Rose becomes ever more Rose. That baby boy I loved becomes a baby Rose in my memories rather than the lost child he first felt like when Rose transitioned. That sense of grief is overtaken with a sense that she has always been who she is.

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Building Community

Nov 30, 2015 by

We would love to connect our communities, from children to elders, this holiday season. We can bring a little love to someone who has lived a full life and is feeling alone at the holidays. I credit this idea to my girls, and they have already started working on this project. They would like to give a handcrafted holiday card to each and every resident of the two facilities where their great-grandmothers now live. We're looking to collect 200 cards.

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Love Has To Win

Nov 18, 2015 by

The world has been very loud lately. I cringe when I look through my Facebook newsfeed. I skip through news channels quickly trying to avoid any haunting and scary images. I excuse myself from heated conversations and debates about politics, immigration, and war. I lie awake at night afraid. The recent terror attack in Paris, however, was not the first time (and I’m certain it will not be the last time) when I was forced to face the state of this world where I live and parent.

When my older children were younger I was the parent dropping off at daycare and I, of course, always took a few minutes to give each some attention, a kiss and a hug, and a “have a good day” before I rushed out to work. Because of a job switch I now leave for work before my children leave and my husband is responsible for getting the older children to school and our youngest to daycare. While I still always said “have a good day” or gave a kiss as I rushed passed a child on my way out the door I sometimes would miss one. Sometimes the baby would still be asleep when I left and I wouldn’t wake her.  Often one would still be upstairs dressing or another would be shoveling breakfast into her mouth so I would yell my “goodbyes” as I rushed out.

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Spread the Love

Nov 16, 2015 by

I was all prepared to write another sarcastic, witty pregnant lady post for today.  But what a week it’s been.  It’s hard to push out of my mind the thought that I am about to bring a child into a world where people kill and terrorize others for reasons that I can’t begin to articulate or understand.  Where whole cultures of people are marginalized, discriminated against, and forgotten about.  Where the first news story I see is about a massive tragedy and the second is about a photo some Hollywood “starlet” posted on social media.

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