A Rosary on My GPS: A Catholic Mom on the Road Less Traveled

About a year ago, when I started working at AscensionPress, I thought my blogging days were over . . .  There was simply too much to do, and not enough time to write.

Four months later, as my family life unraveled at the seams, I had an even better reason not to blog: There are some things that are too private, and too painful, to submit to public scrutiny — even in empathetic circles. Now, eight months later, we’re seeing light at the end of the tunnel, and I can envision that one day I’ll be able to find a way to share some of the lessons I’ve learned from this experience. Not yet. But someday.

In the meantime, I’ve come to realize just how much it has meant to have people who have been where we are now come alongside us, reassuring us that we will survive this, too. I’ve had several such kindred spirits cross my path these past eight months, and I will always be grateful God sent them my way.

And so, I’ve decided to begin again, and find ways to reach out to other parents of extraordinary children. I’ve come to appreciate that “Extraordinary Moms” is not quite the right approach (who among us wants to think of ourselves as “extraordinary”?). We love our kids fiercely, passionately, and without reservation — just like every other good parent does.

And so, “A Rosary on My GPS” is my new blog — and I hope you will join me over there. It’s for parents of adopted, fostered, or special-needs children, and I hope to use the “road trip” metaphor to draw from the collective experiences of other smart mothers and fathers, who understand that family life is like a road trip. Sometimes literally — for adoptive parents, that trip can take them to the other side of the world. But always metaphorically.

As parents, we sometimes need direction to help us avoid the potholes and congestion; we need the practical variety (symbolized by the GPS) and the spiritual variety (the rosary beads). And so — voila! — my new blog. I hope you’ll take the time to weigh in on the discussions taking place over there.  If you have a story to share, I’d love to have you guest post. But for now, c’mon over and just say hi. (Extra points if you have a resource or two to share on my blogroll.) You can also contact me privately at heidi.hess.saxton@gmail.com.

Blessings, and thanks,



4 thoughts on “A Rosary on My GPS: A Catholic Mom on the Road Less Traveled

  1. As an adoptive mom, I am so excited about this. I look forward to hearing about your lessons in the future, and in the meantime, I’m just glad that you’re blogging again! I would definitely like to submit a guest post at some point.


  2. Good afternoon Heidi. I am the parent of now grown and nearly grown highly/profoundly gifted children and have discovered they are as “special” as any child on the other end of the notorious bell curve. We have survived depression, misdiagnosis, misdirection, and total lack of direction, by well meaning and totally “don’t get it” school personell, teachers, providers, and parents, difficulty finding friends, long nights of questioning God and purpose on this earth, and just plain trying to find peace in a sometimes non-peaceful world. My children are not adopted (although my brother was) but we are also a military family and my children have struggled with the some of the same kind of “trying to fit into a new setting,” “trying to fit into any setting,” around every corner, in much the same way. I plan to read your blog and search through some of your articles. I bet I will find at least something to make me smile or feel connected. thanks.


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