I remember laying on the floor of my (Christian) college dorm lamenting the curse of Eve. “Why did she have to eat that stupid apple?” I wailed. It was that-time-of-the-month and I was wracked with cramps and bubbling with angst. Women often joke about the difficulties our fair sex faces, childbirth chief among them. We expect pain,…… Continue reading Holy Labor * Book Review & Giveaway!
This guest post was written by the awesome and brilliant Anna Thelen. Check out her doula and birth photography site Because of Joy, especially if you live in Chicagoland. (I can vouch for her doula skills firsthand, as she helped us bring our firstborn into the world!) Include us Bring us into your life, your family, your marriage.…… Continue reading 10 Ways for Marrieds to Encourage Singles
I’m currently on parental leave from my position as an associate pastor. Our church has been incredibly supportive of our growing family. Not everyone is so blessed. Parental leave is a sticky wicket in America. It shouldn’t be, but it is. From my own ongoing personal experience, here are 10 Reasons Parental Leave is Necessary. 10. Yesterday…… Continue reading 10 Reasons Parental Leave is Necessary
We had a baby! After all that anticipation and waiting (40 weeks, 4 days – or, if we go by how it felt, approximately 12 years of pregnancy…), it happened. Our sweet, squishy, snuggly baby boy has finally arrived earth-side! He’s here! I am a birth story junkie. I just love them. I wrote up our…… Continue reading Wilson’s Birth Story
I went 10 days overdue with my son. 10 long, long, loooooooooong days. I live in fear of going overdue with baby #2. Every day you go overdue as an expectant mother feels like a month. A long, achy month with a watermelon strapped to your front. Your back hurts. Your ankles swell. You can’t sleep…… Continue reading Top 10 Perks of an Overdue Baby
At our birth conference a couple of weeks ago, our midwife* asked Daryl if he wanted to help catch the baby when it’s born. His face went white. “Well, I… I mean… I would love to… It’d be really amazing, but what if… what if I…” “Drop it?” she asked. “Um, yeah,” he said, sheepishly. “I’m not…… Continue reading Our Helper