My husband and I first started dating in February of 2007.  Valentine's Day plus brand new relationship? That's a recipe for disaster.  Add in a weeklong snowstorm?  Doomed.  He picked me up at my dorm, we got Chinese takeout,...

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Am I the only one who just learned that National Spouses Day is a thing? If you already knew it existed, kudos to you. If you are like me and only recently found out about the existence of such a...
Sweet Mama, the grass isn’t greener on the other side.   I know it looks that way. Sometimes it’s literally your neighbor’s yard that’s greener.  Beautiful landscaping, gorgeous roses blooming, a giant playset that isn’t sunbleached or made of cracked plastic like...
Everyone's pregnancy story isn't met with excitement, joy, and happiness. Sometimes the news is devastating, scary, and worrisome. I know first hand what an unexpected pregnancy looks like...the guilt, the shame, the confusion. It's a heavy burden to carry especially alone. This...
Lately, my husband has taken up golf as a hobby. As far as hobbies go, he’s never really had a solid one. He plays guitar really well but hasn’t played much since we welcomed our babies a few years...
I remember the call like it was yesterday. March 13, 2019. Our caseworker called me, she rarely calls so of course, I answered. We already had 4 children ages 6 and under and I was spread so thin. “We have...

From Adoptee to Mother

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Once a year we celebrate National Adoption Day. Adoption can happen in many different ways. It can be an open or closed adoption, or it could be a foster to adopt situation. Families can also adopt family members. As...

Married To Mr. Mom

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On a crisp morning in the summer of 2010 looking like a drown rat from coming straight out of the shower I walked into my first day at a new job. Little did I know at the time, but...
Our son was born on a Friday evening in the living room of our 1870s farmhouse.  Fast and intimate, it was the healing birth I needed.  And the dream home birth I didn't realize I needed.   We weren’t planning a...
When I became a mother to our sweet girl, Melody, during the Grand Toledo Polar Vortex, in the weeks that followed all I wanted was to have my mom around. I grew up in a small town in Adams...

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