Mandy Hitchcock

Motherhood. Loss. Authenticity. Resilience.


January 2015

Why I Love the Sound of My Kids Fighting

I’m in the kitchen doing the dishes. It’s that hour just after the kids wake from their naps. I spent their naptime working and am now desperately hoping they’ll entertain themselves for a bit while I try to fit in… Continue Reading →

The Hole: Guest Post at The Manifest Station

I’m grateful to Jen Pastiloff and the amazing folks at The Manifest Station for publishing this essay. It attempts to capture how the nature of grief changes over time and how we can learn to live with a hole at the… Continue Reading →

How Do You Measure a Life?

My daughter Hudson lived for 529 days. Today, my younger daughter Ada has lived for 529 days. Tomorrow she’ll be older than her big sister ever got to be. Today, my 39th birthday, I have lived for 14,235 days. My… Continue Reading →

With A Heart Wide Open: My Publication Debut

I’m thrilled to share that I’ve been published for the first time ever. This piece is really rather “meta,” because it’s about choosing to keep my heart open in the face my fears, which is ultimately what I am doing every time… Continue Reading →

For Auld Lang Syne

  It’s New Year’s Eve. Again. Out with the old, in with the new, right? But do we ever really let go of the old? And more importantly, must we? The turning of a new year is such a bittersweet… Continue Reading →

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