The Engineer’s By-the-Book Birth

Read the Ballerina’s exciting birth story: Part 1 and Part 2 One would think that in the two years between the Ballerina and the Engineer, I would have read more about childbirth and dealing with the pain of contractions, but I didn’t.  Life was full of other, more pressing things.  Not just my teaching, but…

Manic Monday: Homeschooling is Here

Last week–not just last Monday–was so manic, I completely forgot writing at all. The blog did not get blogged. The novel did not get written.  Today, we started our homeschool year, which means that last week we had to, I mean really had to, declutter and organize the homeschooling room. I don’t know about anyone…

Manic Monday: God Sends Reassurances

If you’ve been pregnant (or lived with a pregnant woman), you know the hormones affect more than your body. They affect your brain and wreak havoc with your emotions. The belly is growing, the joints are loosening, the memory cells aren’t firing all the time, sleep can be elusive, and my emotions often run away…

Manic Monday: Avoiding the Pregnancy Panic

This is my 7th pregnancy. If, God willing, everything goes well, it will be my 6th birth and baby. It is incredible how much more information is available now compared to my first pregnancy. 12 years ago, I had a copy of What to Expect When You’re Expecting. That’s the book everyone said I needed….

Manic Monday: The Sneak-Away Celebration

My birthday and our anniversary both happened last week. Because Murphy’s Law is real, my husband was working on both of them. That makes planning a celebration more challenging. Naked truth here, I’m 99.9% fine with not celebrating my birthday. It’s nothing to do with age (I’m 41, so now you know). If you asked…

Oily Baby Names, Part 1

We welcomed a new family member recently.  Although she was a little early, my stepdaughter had her lovely little rainbow baby (a girl!) last Monday. Needless to say, everyone is over the moon, especially since there were complications and some bleeding early in the pregnancy that made all of us nervous. In honor of my…

Missing Someone I Never Knew

I have to make the Blogger’s Apology.  I am sorry I haven’t posted in a while.  A looooong while.  Mostly, I hit a point in life where I was busy and then I was overwhelmed, and then life really decided to be horrible. In August, my husband and I decided to try for one more…

100 Years Ago: The Rights of a Mother

If you browse through parenting advice and articles today, certain ideas pop up again and again.  Children are disrespectful.  Mothers and fathers are overwhelmed.  Parents feel like they’ve lost themselves in the process of being parents!   This is a new phenomenon, right?  We are assured by our parents and grandparents, and perhaps even by…