The experience of a lifetime

Remember back in April when I was one of the lucky 15 chosen to read my essay as a part of the cast of Listen to Your Mother Austin?

And then remember when I told you how much that experience changed my life?

And remember when I said the show was incredibly awesome, but you were going to have to wait a few months to see the videos?

The wait is over! Listen to Your Mother videos are here, and I stayed up way too late last night watching those in my show, along with some of the other cities.

This year you can watch the show in its entirety, and I highly recommend you do. Producers Liz and Wendi did a fantastic job of arranging the essays in the perfect order. Go here for the entire playlist, or click the below links one by one. You will laugh, you will cry, it will be the best chunk of time spent in front of your computer you will ever remember. The best part is that everyone who watches the show has a different piece that speaks to them.

Mary Jo Pehl starts the show off with her of motherhood as a non mother in Matryoshka Dolls.

Susan Schorn reads a brilliant piece on how motherhood doesn’t always play to our strengths in Splitting the Difference.

Mary K Moore takes us through her journey to get pregnant in the funny and poignant From Here to Fertility.

Jill Bingamon reads a heart wrenching poem about raising her younger sister in the absence of their mother in A Mother Sister Love.

Catherine Avril Morris shares a beautiful and intricately woven piece about the pain of motherhood in Like A Diamond Prism.

Despite having to follow Catherine’s amazing essay, I read an essay about the version motherhood that I was unexpectedly thrust into in I Was Pushed. Watch at your own risk. I hate watching myself speak.

Carlotta Stankiewicz shares a hilarious poem, Labor Talks.

Catherine Berry tells how her daughter helped her realize inner beauty in a hilarious essay titled Squishy.

Maria Escamilla shares a rather uncomfortable moment in Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby. I will never see a Pei Wei again without thinking of Maria.

Carla Birnberg shares her daughter’s adoption story in My Buddha.

Shanteka Sigers hilariously tells us all about how her mother taught her to stand up for herself in How to Fight.

Liz McGuire reads a heartfelt story about the significance of her daughter turning 9 in On Being Nine.

Linda Glass tells us all about raising boys in Snakes, Snails, & Puppy Dog Tails.

Carlotta Stankiewicz reads us another of her humorous poems, Mistaken Identity.

Wendi Aarons takes on the topic of motherhood in the gut busting The Job of Motherhood.

My good friend Missy Stevens round out the show with her heartwarming look at Today.


I do hope you will watch the entire show, and then move on to some of the other cities’ productions. Listen to Your Mother was an amazing experience, and I’m so thankful I was a part of it.

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Which video did you really love?


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    1. Definitely watch them all! They are all so amazing. And DEFINITELY audition next year. Even the audition process is a wonderful experience.

  1. OMG, well I am sitting here..loving your voice (WANTING THAT NECKLACE!) and thinking ‘we have so much in common, this amazing woman and I”. I loved your reading and this is the 3rd time I’ve watched it, just wishing I could have been in the audience and then hugging you after it.

    I think that all of us felt that way as new mothers..and us esp sometimes, with twins..with the WTF do I do now with these tiny humans?

    I am so glad this is what you read and you gave us this piece of you. WOW…my friend. WOW!

    1. Oh Kir, thank you! This comment was SUCH a cupcake. 🙂

      I cannot even tell you how much I loved your reading. You gave it with such heart and love and amazing feeling. And I love how you recognized what a joy your little boys brought to those around you. So wonderful.

    1. Oh thank you, Tracy. I highly recommend watching them all. I couldn’t even pick a favorite, because each one needs to be watched for all different reasons. Some are hilarious, some are true tearjerkers, but all are amazing stories. Thank you, friend. xo.

  2. This is wonderful. You know that we have the twin thing in common, but the whole NICU ordeal is something I can’t even begin to grasp. You did a fabulous job of depicting it. Yay for YOU!

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