Natural Childbirth: Not Just for Homebirthers

Natural Childbirth: Not Just for Homebirthers

I recently watched The Business of Being Born. The 86-minute documentary depicts the troubling state of childbirth in the United States, including routine labor inductions, sky-high cesarean rates, and traumatic birth experiences. I always enjoy learning more about birth, and this was no exception. One thing troubled me, however; they made it seem as if homebirth is the only true … Continue reading

Embracing the 1950’s Housewife Within

Embracing the 1950’s Housewife Within

I don’t pretend to know everything about the life of a 1950’s housewife. I wasn’t born until 1980, so how could I? ;) I do know that the housewives of that era have somehow gotten a terribly bad name over the decades. It has become a joke. A HUGE joke. I think it is a shame and, unfortunately, makes being … Continue reading

Permission to do Nothing

Permission to do Nothing

A minimalistic, simple lifestyle. That’s what I have been happily pursuing these last several months. I’ve found one thing to be extra challenging, though: taking time to sit down and do nothing. I keep busy, despite my need and desire for down time. There are always plenty of things I could be doing so I just pick … Continue reading

Having a Secret Word to Keep Kids Safe

Having a Secret Word to Keep Kids Safe

“Don’t talk to strangers” is a phrase that I’ve chosen not to use with my kids. I don’t see how they can realistically implement it when there are sweet grocery store cashiers wanting to talk to them, friendly parents of other kids at the park making conversation with them, and countless other interactions they will have with “strangers” throughout most of their days. … Continue reading

Goal Weight

How do I get back to the size I want to be? To be healthy and slim again? Motivation comes in waves. Sometimes up and sometimes down. I want this. I join Sparkpeople again with a new email. Starting over. This morning I set my goals. I face the scale. I did it once, I … Continue reading

Christianity: Is it All About Heaven?

Christianity: Is it All About Heaven?

I have nothing to lose, and everything to gain, by following Jesus Christ. If He’s NOT the way, the truth, and the life, but I live my life as such, what consequence is there? I won’t know it until I’m already dead anyway, right? This means I’d never know of my “wrongness” because I’d just be gone, and yet…somehow I … Continue reading

Saturday, The Craft Fair

This post is inspired by a blog by the name of, Dirty Laundry Blog. The author writes about life with her twins, shares her art, and simply captivates me with her stream of consciousness style of writing. I would like to explore writing personal narratives in the same style. I hope you enjoy.  Saturday, The Craft Fair     I hear … Continue reading

Smartphone-Free Parenting

Smartphone-Free Parenting

I don’t own a smartphone. I might one day – I’m sure I will – but I don’t need one today. I don’t want one yet. I feel like the cons outweigh the pros for me right now, and so I’m parenting smartphone-free. Do I think others should as well? Yeah, sometimes, but not always. I realize people need … Continue reading

The One Thing

The One Thing

The desire to have a house full of children has been very real for me and the source of much heartache in my life. I wasn’t kidding when I said I wish I could have been Atlanta Mom of Ten. Even though my husband and I had only, in reality, ever planned for me to be … Continue reading

Six is the New Four?

Six is the New Four?

The (estimated) number of centimeters that a woman’s cervix is dilated during pregnancy carries a lot of weight. In the weeks leading up to being “full term,” it is of extreme importance that dilation does not occur because of all the health concerns associated with premature birth. After approximately thirty-seven weeks, however, there is a … Continue reading