About {Polka Dot Mommy}

Polka Dot Mommy

I am blessed to be the wife to an amazing man and teacher extraordinaire!

Five littles call me Mama, ranging in age from 7-12.   They are precocious, brilliant, and with every moment of frustration comes a million tiny things that make everything worth it!

I’ve struggled with infertility (primary and secondary), carrier of the Celiac gene, raising three gluten free (Celiac) children, buried my Mother at the age of 51 after a 3 year battle with ALS, cared for my teen sister as she struggled with autoimmune TTP, hosted exchange students, helped raised (for a time) two sisters and one precious niece who is now with God, and been thrice married- I’ve failed exorbitantly and triumphed mightily.

Born and raised in Oregon, I’m a true web-foot.  I’ve never lived farther than an hour from the place of my birth.  All my biological children were born at the same hospital I was, as was my mother before me.


I believe in diet before medication.

I’ve been a writer since I learned to put pen to paper and a natural born reader since long before.  I write as I speak, even though I majored in English.

I’ve always wanted to learn to play the piano.

I practice my Christian faith within the Catholic Church where I have been a Catechist and am an on my face follower of our risen Lord, Jesus.

I yearn to become a frugalista… but refuse to compromise our health to save a dollar.

Currently, I’m learning to share my home with my in-laws… it’s challenging at times (to say the least) but we are hanging in there.


9 Responses to About {Polka Dot Mommy}

  1. marykaylady says:

    Hey! I read the food allergy page. This sounds a lot like my son Pat. He had failure to thrive at 5 months due to the formula. I couldn’t breastfeed because I didn’t produce enough milk. At first I thought it was because I didn’t feed him enough but turns out I don’t have milk producing boobies! Then he did fine until he was 2. At 2 he started to have huge anger outbursts and behavior issues. Finally at 4 I came across some information about how food can cause behavior issues. I did a little experiment. I changed his milk to soy and got rid of all the high fructose products. Now he is 7 and doing much better. Much like your daughter he is very fidgety. He’s always messy!

    Everyone said he was a problem child. I knew differently! He is still hyper and throws huge tantrums. Instead of them being every day, they are once or twice a month.

    We need to measure our children in the good they do and not in their faults! Doctors tend to do just that. That’s why I don’t listen to them unless it is absolutely necessary!

    Thank you for sharing her story. It lets me know I’m not alone!

  2. charmaine says:

    I noticed that you don’t say where you’re from (and I certainly understand if you don’t want anyone to know), but since Dad is “oregon dad” I was wondering if you live anywhere near me. I am in Bend Oregon. Also wanted to let you know I am adding you to my blogroll, you are one of my new favorites. 🙂

  3. Oh, I love complicated coffee. It sometimes have to remake it if it is not perfect. How can we be so alike, but so different? Neat.

  4. @Eileen… that’s why we get along!!! It’s amazing what happens when people respect differing opinions even when we don’t agree! 🙂 And we have a ton in common it appears!

  5. Anne Luther says:

    Is the whole family gluten free. You mention teengirl has autoimmune TTP. Have you read this? “Increased risk of immune thrombocytopenic purpura among inpatients with coeliac disease.” http://tiny.cc/a5snK 18365906 PubMed If you do a PubMed search there are other papaers that say there is no correlation, but those with TTP often have elevated antigliadin antibodies.

    Congratulations on figuring out the food connection to illness when your children are young. My sons were in their 20’s when I finally discovered what gluten was doing to us.

  6. Frugal Babe says:

    We got our cat from a shelter when she was 10 weeks old. They said she was a boy, and we named her Larry. We kept watching for the boy bits to show up, and had a neuter appointment scheduled for four months out. Turned out that he is a she. But her name is still Larry.

  7. Linda says:

    You may have already come across the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, but if not it could be very helpful for your wee girl needing the enemas. My husband’s Celiac manifested with the opposite problem, but he improved from day one on this diet, and if K4 is on the ASD spectrum, she may also be helped with it. There is a website for parents with ASD children on SCD called http://www.pecanbread.com.
    The main website for the diet is http://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info (named after Elaine Gottschall’s book) and another one whose address I don’t recall, for the Gottschall Center, which is also about the diet and children with autism. Most people don’t make the connection between “gut problems” and “mental symptoms”, but Elaine Gottschall did. Hence the diet eventually being tried for ASD disorders, in addition to the original Celiac, Crohns, Colitis, IBD patients. Best of luck and health to you all.

  8. Very informative blog. I’m doing some research on organic, whole grain and gluten free foods, as well as lifestyles that require people to stick to such diets. It looks like these adjustments have really helped with your family life, and that you’re a great resource for other people going through similar experiences.

  9. Scott says:

    Nice to meet a fellow writer!

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