Closing Thought for the Week: How This Story REALLY Ends

I was reminded of one of my most favorite quotes this week. It's the from The Last Battle, the final book in the Chronicles of Narnia. Actually, it's how the entire series ends. After the week I've had, this puts it all in perspective:...more

Check Yourself

"Listen, or your tongue will make you deaf."-Native American Proverb...more

How I'm Doing (Random)

How to Raise a Happy Child

My best friend is pregnant. If you read my blog, you know this already. She sent me an e-mail the other day with some book titles and asked if I read any of them. They were books about raising children. She wanted to know if I think reading books on how to raise a happy, calm and healthy baby is worth the time and effort. I read probably three books on this topic in my life....more
@Angeline1611 I am so glad you enjoyed reading it! Thank you for your comment.more

The Gospel Truth

There is an old gospel song that says. “I wouldn’t take nothing for my journey now!” I have to agree with the sentiment today.All the resistance, all the frustration and kicking and screaming and insisting my story could not possibly be my story and then…peace. Surrender. Acceptance.Each and every plot twist and flawed character and setting and scene was essential to a story that is mine and mine alone.Over time, the strangest thing has happened. I’m okay with it. I’m okay with it all....more

The physical burden of pregnancy

When she got pregnant, Ellen felt the burden of what was going to be needed physically during her pregnancy. She’d gain a bunch of weight, potentially get stretch marks, be tired, and risk interventions and potential surgery during the delivery process – just to name some of the biggies. She clearly knew she physically wouldn’t come out of this journey the way she went into it. She thought about all the sacrifices she’d be making with her body. She got herself pretty worked up about it and was thinking that her husband had better be praising her day and night for what she was doing!...more

Disappointed…yet still ready and willing to enjoy the experience

Supriya had planned a natural, vaginal delivery. When she had been in labor for about 25 hours and pushing hard for four or five hours, it clicked in her mind that she might need a cesarean. After a few moments of struggling with that idea, she felt a flow of acceptance and thought, “Okay, let’s just do a c-section.” She knew she was doing a 180-degree change from the whole natural delivery that she had planned. Yet, once she reconciled the choice, she didn’t feel a lot of angst....more

Flying in the face of conventional wisdom

Christina is someone who lives her life intentionally. She stays in touch with what she wants and continually considers what she can do today to position herself for what she wants in the future....more

A "legitimate reason" to have a big belly

Colette was looking forward to gaining a new image during her pregnancy. She had been overweight for a number of years and being pregnant meant having what she called a “legitimate reason” to have a big belly. She would now be pregnant not fat. She looked forward to shaking her previous body image issues and living in a body that was supposed to be big in the breasts and belly. She was hopeful that pregnancy would provide a shift in thinking that would feel better to her....more

Who Helps You Keep Your Seat Belt On?

Playing with my young grandsons may contribute to the distinct visuals from which I draw particular analogies; perhaps this is one. Sometimes I think that if I didn’t have a couple of close friends with whom I can discuss anything — anything at all ― I would unbuckle my seat belt and let myself float out into the universe. I might have initially regarded ‘unbuckling the seat belt’ as just a euphemistic twist for escapism. Further consideration to the comparison leads me to another viewpoint....more