Dance with Them: 30 Stumbling Mothers Share Glimpses of Grace (Segullah Books, 2010)

Enjoyable as a sequel to The Mother in Me as well as a stand-alone volume, this anthology of personal essays and poetry begins on the first notes of middle childhood and concludes with the finale of high school graduation. With candor, insight, and the bittersweet inspiration Segullah writers are known for, its pages explore a wide variety of turning points that come in the outward motion of family life and the inward dynamics of personal growth. Read the introduction.


Acceptance, courage, friendship, awareness, and joy–these are the gifts recounted in more than seventy inspirational essays. This follow-up to the bestselling Gifts presents a broader perspective by including passionate stories by family members, friends, teachers, doctors, and coaches on the joys of knowing and caring for someone with Down syndrome.
Read the introduction, “Gifts to Open.”


Motherhood is one of the most transforming experiences of a woman’s life— an exhausting, exhilarating, extraordinary journey. This collection of writings celebrates the season of mothering young children, illustrating its unique challenges and delights, and revealing its deep significance.

Read the introduction, “Beginning.”


Gifts: Mothers Reflect on How Children with Down Syndrome Have Enriched Their Lives (cover image) Gifts: Mothers Reflect on How Children With Down Syndrome Enrich Their Lives (Woodbine House, 2007)
This award-winning, bestselling anthology includes sixty-three personal essays written by mothers of children with Down syndrome, describing the gifts of respect, strength, delight, perspective, and love which their children have brought into their lives.

Read the introduction, “Two Birth Stories.”


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Segullah: Writings by Latter-day Saint Women

I serve as editor-in-chief of this journal, which features personal essays, poetry, and artwork created by LDS (Mormon) women.

Read the current editorial, On Becoming.

Paste and Pearl (Creation, Spring 2005)
From Pink to Blue (Change, Fall 2005)
Never Faileth (Charity, Fall 2006)
A House of God (The Mortal Body, Spring 2007)
One Great Whole (Patchwork, Summer 2007)

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