Falling in love with Love Warrior.

Yesterday I finished Glennon Doyle Melton’s (aka Momastery) “Love Warrior” in twenty-six hours. That is unheard of for me. Because I am a working mom. Because I notice nowadays I can’t really commit my attention beyond a short essay linked from Facebook (and, even then, sometimes that one little click is just too much *scrollRead more

A Letter to My Future Self.

In the summer of 2010 I took what my school calls a “capstone course” called Effecting Change. This is a 6-credit course that could be compared to a senior project or a mini field placement. I chose this particular capstone as it allowed me to continue (and count!) volunteer activities that I was currently engagedRead more

Second Born: It’s a[nother] GIRL! (Birth Story-Part III)

Hopefully this post can catch you up. Basically my second baby (for whom gender is unknown) is about twenty minutes away from making her grand entrance. And I’ve got no drugs. Between the last posting and this one I finally got a chance to sit down with Tony and rehash some of this from hisRead more

Second Born: It’s [still] a surprise! (Birth Story-Part II)

Major blogging fail on my part. First, I never meant to make this thing two parts. Second, I never intended for a couple six(!) months to pass in between. So I apologize to all my readers. If you’re just coming in now, my first birth may be of interest to you. And then there’s PartRead more

No Babies, Bumps, Due Dates and Year Olds.

I’m currently patching together Miss M&M’s first birthday party. It’s happening one year from my (her?) due date. Which was exactly one year after I got my IUD removed. Whoa. And I realized there’s a lot to be thankful for in those anniversaries. I’m thankful for reproductive freedom and my own privilege in accessing it.Read more

Sobriety: A Long-Term Disability (Part V)

This is the fifth post in a five-part series discussing addiction, recovery [relapse], and long-term sobriety. As I celebrate five substance-free years, I am taking the time to [publicly] look back at where I really was in the months preceding my “clean date”, how I got to where I am now, and the ongoing implicationsRead more

Back to the Pumpkin Patch [Liepold Farms]

File this under “freak out of the day.” Me at the pumpkin patch* last October (roughly 34 weeks pregnant) and a year later with 10.5 month M&M. Oy, the difference a year makes! *We’ve been going to Liepold Farms for three years running. I also purchased the majority of our summer produce from them atRead more

Family Biking Conundrum.

When I was a kid, biking was a given. My parents had bikes and before I could ride my own I rode in a seat on the back of theirs. I watched my siblings (I have three younger ones) rotate through the trailer, and didn’t look twice at my mom pulling them two at aRead more

Second Born: It’s a surprise! (Birth Story–Part I)

Now that M&M is six months old I feel a tug of guilt daily that I haven’t written down her birth story. I know the details are not as crisp as they would have been once, but I’m claiming “better late than never” and cutting my losses. Besides, this really is a fabulous story; oneRead more

Becoming a Mother: My first birth story.

My firstborn, Dot the Dotter, was birthed in a hosptial, by an Ob-gyn, in the Seattle area. Her dad and I were anxious, nervous, over-the-moon excited [unwed, basically poor] first-time parents. I went into early labor in the evening, two days past my due date. This is my account of early labor, written while IRead more