Being a parent can be a lot like going on a road trip: No matter how well you pack the car, there are always a few surprises along the way. And some of the most important revelations tend to come to you in the middle of the night, when you find yourself on the “night shift.” Illuminations often strikes late at night, with clarity one seldom experiences in the bold light of day.
When my husband Craig and I became (foster) parents in 2002 to a sibling group of three (we adopted the younger two, pictured here, in 2005), we had no idea what a ride was ahead of us. Which was probably a good thing. More than ten years later, I’ve learned a great deal about the joys and challenges of parenting children with “invisible” special needs. (Many of those insights came to me while crossing the country with the two of them ensconced in the back end of our Chrysler Town & Country.) If you’re reading this, you’ve stumbled on my “virtual road trip,” and invite you to come along for the ride.
About me (putting on her “editor’s hat”): Heidi Hess Saxton is a wife and mother as well as acquisitions editor for Ave Maria Press. She has more than twenty years’ experience in Catholic publishing as both an in-house and freelance editor; and is also author of seven books including Lent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta and Advent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta (Servant/Franciscan Media) as well as My Big Book of Catholic Bible Stories (Thomas Nelson). Heidi received her Masters in Theology, graduating summa cum laude from Sacred Heart Major Seminary in 2011, with undergraduate degrees in International Studies and Communications from Azusa Pacific University and Missions and Theology from Bethany College of Missions. Heidi blogs about Catholic family life for foster, adoptive, and special-needs parents at A Mother on the Road Less Traveled and The Extraordinary Moms Network.
Would you like me to speak at your parish or other event?
I’d love to come and help you make your event a memorable one! I live near South Bend, Indiana — right in the middle of the country — and love to go on road trips. Some of the topics I love to talk about include:
- 7 Ways Mother Teresa Changed My Life — Seven “life lessons” I learned from the writings of Saint Teresa of Calcutta that inspired me to write two books about her, Lent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta and Advent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta.
- Secrets of an Adoptive Mother — What is it like to be an adoptive parent? What are some of the special gifts God gives adoptive and foster parents? This honest exploration of the joys and challenges of being an adoptive parent is especially appropriate for mother’s groups.
- Go with God: Simple Ways to Enrich Your Prayer Life. How do the seven deadly sins creep into our lives and make it hard to talk with God? With stories and reflection questions, Heidi will encourage your group to “go with God” and learn to hear his voice in everyday life.
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