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Sarah M

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Sarah is a native Texan. Growing up, if she wasn’t in a tree channeling her inner Anne Shirley, she was riding her bike on adventures through Texas pasture land. Sarah fell in love with her best friend Tony after they shared an on-stage kiss in their high school play, Arsenic and Old Lace. Together Sarah and Tony attended Baylor University where Sarah received her undergraduate and graduate degrees. Sarah practiced as a speech therapist for several years before moving to Birmingham for Tony’s residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. After a brief stint in Jacksonville, Florida, Tony and Sarah moved back to Birmingham where they now live with their four children, Sophia (age 11), Vincent (age 10), Luisa (age 6), and Grace (age 3). Sarah juggles managing her home and caring for her four children, while also pursuing her passion for writing. She is currently editing the manuscript for her first book, a memoir of her motherhood journey through Luisa’s diagnosis with Rett Syndrome, a rare neurological disease that has left her daughter with multiple disabilities. Sarah believes that life’s contradictions are merely an invitation. Her writing focuses on the intersection of faith with brokenness, and the extraordinary beauty that can be found in the ordinary days of motherhood. You can follow her on Instagram @morlandt1201 or read her writing at morlandt.blogspot.com.

An Interview with Luisa’s Siblings

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I say often to three of my children, “You are living a different life than I did growing up. I do not know what it is like to have a sister with special needs.”...

The First Empty Nest

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With freshly applied make-up, I enter El Zun-Zun where I’m meeting three friends for lunch. Breezing past the brightly colored paper star lanterns hung at various heights from the ceiling, I make my way...

A Cookbook Review: Lessons from my Grandmother

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You might think it strange to sit in the living room, away from the kitchen, and read a cookbook page by page. And yet, this is often what you can find me doing in...

The Transition Years

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When my eldest daughter was a toddler she refused to leave the house without a miniature stuffed animal in tow. The animal choice was always on rotation. One week it was a floral printed...

The Rituals I Will Carry into 2021

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I love this time of year. The weird time between Christmas and the New Year when it’s easy to forget the day of the week. Often these in-between weeks are filled with work --...

The Security You Provide

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This year, 2020, has taught us that humans have a profound need for predictability. Take away our routines and we find ourselves a bit panicked; no one understands this truth better than mothers. One...

Finding Community on our Journey with Rett Syndrome

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I am an avid podcast listener. Back in the good ol’ non-pandemic times, I listened to them in my van as I shuffled children to and from activities or while out running errands. Now...

The Beauty I’ve Found in Quarantine Living

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Recently I asked a homeschooling friend if she was tempted to gloat over all the mamas now homeschooling their kiddos for the first time. Her response was gracious: “I feel for you guys. I...

For the Good of the Community :: Our Experience in an Experimental Drug Trial

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Sometimes it’s the parking that threatens my state of calm. Then there’s construction blocking the ramp forcing me to maneuver my daughter’s wheelchair off the curb backwards onto a busy two way street. Always...

Making Peace With Aging :: On Turning Forty

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I'm losing my upper lip. I first noticed its disappearance a few months ago while studying a picture on my phone. While leaning in closer to the mirror for further inspection, I found that...