All about D…

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Hello. I’m a woman raised by Jamaican parents (I like to call myself Jamerican) and I’m married to a white man. We obviously don’t have any issues with race, but unfortunately the world does. We are raising two beautiful, noisy, musical, energetic little girls. Most days I don’t have to think about the box(es) we check on any given application or government form, but race relations tend to slap us in the face.

That’s the reason I wrote this blog. When I became a mother, I searched for resources about raising biracial/multicultural children and found very little. And when I say little, I mean a miniscule amount. So, I decided to be that resource for other moms. Even if you don’t have biracial/multicultural children, I think you can still relate to my experiences as a mother. I’ve published a few articles on the Huffington Post. Click here to see what I’ve written.

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed some days and forget why I wanted to become a mother in the first place. No one is supposed to say that, but it’s how we all feel. It’s an amazing journey that comes with no shortage of challenges. Throw in an interracial marriage, and that adds another kink in the wire.

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Join me on this journey I call life as a mother. When you subscribe to my blog, every week you’ll hear how I attempt to balance it all. Oh, and did I mention that I have natural hair? That’s another journey in itself!

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I can’t wait to connect with you!

XOXO

Diedre

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27 thoughts on “All about D…

  1. Misty says:

    Hey girlie!

    You’ve written a wonderful introduction. I’m looking forward to reading even more about your adventures with your amazing girls!

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  2. Bess L. Walthour says:

    Thank you Diedre for this amazing glimpse of motherhood with factors different from my own. You are an amazing writer and I look forward to traveling this journey in print with you.

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  3. Gordon says:

    Being a parent can be overwhelming for ANYONE at times. You and Justin are doing a great job.
    About the racial thing:
    I tried my best to overcome my “good ole boy” southern racist past when I became a Christian. I’m never intentionally racist… but sometimes it seems I am.
    I don’t have much trouble with the past, but I have plenty of trouble with thoughtless remarks.
    Just this week I offered to share my samosas with an Indian coworker… and found she was not Indian. She was gracious, I was embarrassed.
    Not all racist remarks were meant to be so. I know you already do this, but give people the benefit of the doubt whenever possible. Look at their hearts instead of listening to their words. You will find the world to be a much more accepting place.
    PS. We still have the “princess” room available… Belinda and I would love to catch up on our reading with your precious girls.

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    • dacounsel says:

      Thanks for the love and for sharing. Remember, I’m the glass half full kind of girl, so I usually don’t jump to a racist or discriminatory judgment. I do feel that some people are ignorant simply due to lack of exposure. We will visit when we can.

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  4. Jean Edwards says:

    Hi lady I am so excited about your writing, I can hardly wait to read more. And by the way, you’re a wonderful person in all areas of your life.
    Ms. Jean

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  5. Roe says:

    Wow, what a great start to what I will believe will be an awesome Blog. I can already see it turning into a
    Mini series on HBO. I would love to see where your journey takes you.

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  6. Kay Anthony says:

    This is an awesome idea! Hopefully it will help many other biracial couples, as well as educate some people along the way. I look forward to your story as it unfolds…Especially about THAT white family you married in to!!! LOL!

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  7. diana says:

    I see a book, and children’s books coming in your future. The reality of life is what draws people. You are opening up your life and that takes courage. I am now thinking about a blog on maybe teaching, marriage, the Christian walk from a woman’s view, almost empty nest. All these possibilities…

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  8. Michelle Mincey-Gwyn says:

    I love this. I know it’s never a dull moment. I see a book. That’s what you could be doing. I will definitely buy a copy. The girls are beautiful. I love you all. TTYL

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  9. Ashley says:

    Thank you for doing this. I’m a 30 yr old woman living in the south and due with my first baby in 2 days……who will be biracial. My honey is Puerto Rican and Black and I am white. My family is supportive of us but sometimes let their true racists thoughts out…. I don’t want our daughter to be exposed to this stuff but it is inevitable, especially with the current events. I’m so interested in reading more of your work and will look forward to it.
    Thank you.

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    • dacounsel says:

      Ashley, thank you for reaching out to me! I would recommend buying books about diversity & reading to your child. Talking to him/her about how special they are to be a combination of mommy & daddy. I hope my blog will help you! Congrats! This is an exciting time.

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