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

Healthy Toddlers 1969-style

The Better Homes and Garden Baby Book, published in 1969. When I got it, I just thought it’d be fun to read their parenting advice – as inaccurate as some of it would be – to compare it to modern day advice. I haven’t been disappointed; there have been plenty of interesting little tidbits. Like this, In recent years … Continue reading

Minimalism

Minimalism

Fewer things taking up space. In my home, my mind, and even my blog. Look around and see. Less clothes, less busy thoughts, and even less posts. I’ve let go of the excess. The random, the unplanned, and even the deliberate. I’m lighter now.

Tea

Tea

I had tried telling her that I don’t drink tea, but she has it in her mind that everyone does (or should), so there wasn’t much point in pushing the issue. She is also hard of hearing, and I don’t care for shouting at my grandmother, so I honestly don’t know for certain that she even heard me. At any rate, there I was, drinking … Continue reading

August

August

She reads a book on an over-sized, turquoise beach towel, and glances up from time to time when someone interesting walks by. He takes a long drink and seems to be trying to forget all the work he has to do back at home. Those three splash and run, without a care in the world; they know how to have a … Continue reading

The Robin

The Robin

There was a gentle breeze making its way through the garden. The air was warm and kind. The sweet little bird watched them from a distance, looking calm yet interested. The children were drawing pictures of the sun and clouds while lying on a patchwork quilt of pleasant greens and blues. Their grandmother had invited them to stay … Continue reading

Rest

Rest

When all the stress has gone, once all the emotions have run their course. It’s only in that moment that I can finally rest. I’ve cried and screamed inside, and felt as if it was all too much. But then, when it’s all said and done, I am able to rest. I was angry and oh so sad, … Continue reading

Wind

Wind

She heard the tings and tinkling of wind chimes outside her kitchen window and smiled to herself. The most beautiful sound there is, she thought. She finished rinsing the glass she had been washing in the sink and dried her hands. Walking over to the backdoor, she wondered if the weather reporters had been right – would there be … Continue reading

Iced Tea

Iced Tea

He brings me the drink as if nothing is wrong. We haven’t spoken in weeks. You know, not really spoken; a few words here and there, but nothing meaningful or even memorable. As I sit by the pool, I realize just how unhappy I am. I want things to be different, want our marriage back, but … Continue reading

What Do You Think? Prenatal Genetic Testing

What Do You Think? Prenatal Genetic Testing

Today I am sharing why my husband and I have always declined genetic testing offered during pregnancy, and also what I’ve learned about it over time (you know I love researching!), including some positives I hadn’t thought of. I’ll be covering what *I* consider to be pros and cons, though you might see things differently, and that’s … Continue reading