Making the Decision to Pass in Arms

 

 

It’s not easy.

 

I guess that’s what I really want you all to know. It’s just not as simple as it sounds. But let me back up a bit…

 

When I tell C’s birth story, I can typically tell it in under two minutes. To be honest, as much as I [...]

The Value of Paternity Leave

 

 

Awhile back, a friend and I were flipping through the scrapbook from A’s first year of life and she landed on this picture and just stopped.

 

“Wait… how old was A. here?”

“Five weeks,” I answered.

“You looked like THAT five weeks post-partum? Seriously, woman, what is your secret?”

 

Irish Twin Pregnancy

 

 

I’ve written a fair bit about having Irish twins before. I talked about the joys of closely-spaced siblings. I’ve tried to encourage those in this situation to take heart. Perhaps most notably, I wrote on the topic for Amy over at The Finer Things in Life twice and both posts continue to generate [...]

Five… and fantastic

 

 

My precious G,

 

This is how you looked when I woke you this morning:

 

 

Tousled hair, bright eyes, and a sweet smile. You bless us in so many ways.

 

Your darling profile has captured my heart for every year we’ve shared. Back then, you wore headbands on your [...]

Unexpected Hurts After a Miscarriage

 

 

When you lose a baby, there are things that you expect to hurt– and they do. These might include:

pregnancy announcements from others seeing pregnant bellies out and about your due date coming and going insensitive remarks having your regular cycle return seeing/hearing newborn babies … and more

 

These events can be [...]

Daughters

 

 

I have a confession to make. When I gave birth for the first time, there was a little part of me that was super relieved to hear them say, “It’s a boy!” It’s not that I didn’t LIKE girls… of course I did! And, honestly, I was arguably a real girly-girl: long blonde [...]

Those horrible, terrible, no-good anniversaries

 

 

There are all kinds of wonderful anniversaries we get to celebrate through the year and we all seem to be pretty good about how to do that. Sadly, anniversaries of sad, hard times are also very real. Here are some ideas for ways to help people going through those tough days or times [...]

A Marriage Skill No One Tells You About

 

The service was quiet. There weren’t all that many people in the church that day.

 

We were sitting behind them by a bit. Their baby had been really good throughout the whole thing. But then, all of a sudden, she wasn’t. Not that she wasn’t good. But she wasn’t quiet. [...]

Lucky

 

The bagger chit-chatted with my youngest. “What’s your name? . . . Oh, that’s beautiful! . . . Do you have any brothers or sisters? . . . One of each, huh? Are they in school? . . . And, so, I bet you go to daycare maybe? Some days?”

 

At this [...]

Late Potty-Trainers & Why You Shouldn’t Worry

(because sometimes you just need a snack while potty-training)

 

I’m super duper lucky with the kiddos I got, in so many ways. They’re all fantastic eaters with adventurous and hearty appetites. They’re all fabulous sleepers who go to bed without question and almost never come out, save to use the bathroom. They’re well-mannered [...]

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