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Sarah M

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.

The Security You Provide

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

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

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

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

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...

Baking with Children :: Is it Worth the Mess?

Her specialty are meringues -- perfectly piped, crispy on the outside with a slight chew in the middle. The flavors of her meringues vary based on what extracts we have on hand - almond...

Six Empathy Teaching Books to Add to Your Children’s Library

“Three Momma!” my daughter pleads, holding three large picture books in her tiny hands. Her hair is still wet from her evening bath, and she smells lightly of lavender as I pull her into...

5 Things to Do {and NOT Do} When You Encounter a Special Needs Family

Any mother traveling with small children has experienced relief upon arriving back home. Once home, you can sink blissfully into your bed without a Pack 'n Play two feet away, confining the wide-awake toddler...

Birmingham Moms Blog :: Introducing Sarah M.

Birmingham Over dinner at our favorite restaurant, my husband Tony broke the news that we would be moving to Birmingham, Alabama for his medical residency by playing the iconic song “Stars Fell on Alabama” through...

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