My Father's Gravesite ...more

Childhood forest

Just One of Them Days...

 Ever have one of those mornings that leave you clinging to a life raft, alone?  Being tossed in an emotional sea, with said raft, and no one to help.  Because you ticked them off....more

Three Parts, A Portion of the Whole

Three Parts, A Portion of the WholePhotography and Text by Jules Hovee Steffen ...more

Paralyzed by Fear

Why do we allow fear to hinder us from doing anything? Fear can take complete control of your body, mentally and physically – always uncomfortable. How does one take control over their exaggerated emotions? This blog surfaced from a fear to ride on my husband’s new Harley. But let me first socialize my previous motorcycle experiences. I’ve been a “biker-girl” in the past and utterly enjoyed myself. Moreover rode sports bikes (crotch rockets if you will), always hunched-over and arms wrapped around my man. Furthermore, that was almost ten years ago. Does fear come with age, maturity?...more

Yes mission accomplished……I swallowed my fears and rode the bike last night. Those “little ...more

A Childhood of Freckles and Scars

I'd run home sobbing a lot when I was a kid (well, until I started to turn around and fight, but that's a different story). If it wasn't my scars, it was my freckles. While I"m sure the mean mini-thugs in my little school would have found fodder in just about anything (brown hair! wooo-hoo, brown hair!), I know I made it easy for them. I was walking bait, all doused in freckles and with those nice meaty scars slicing around my face. ...more

..that's really what my Mom called freckles. "Honey, they just want some angel's kisses too!". ...more

Doing Time: Navigating the NICU

Doing Time: Navigating the NICU I am speaking at the local Mothers of Multiples club on a panel about the NICU and hospital stays. Regular readers will know that I have *many* opinions on this topic. In fact, I have so many opinions on it that my first stint on lockdown is what started the words pouring out. So below is a plethora of unsolicited advice: Doing time in the NICU is rough. It’s overwhelming....more

Early Protection

Feeling Safe