It's lonely out here: planning for a natural childbirth

Who knew we were such a nation of drug pushers? Here is the conversation I am having at least once a day, with moms and non-moms alike. Them: “Are you taking childbirth classes”? Me: “Yes, I’m taking hypnobirthing. I want to have a natural childbirth.” Them: “Good luck with that (wink wink). Or, “Yeah I did too, you’ll get over it.” Or: “You’re nuts! Take the drugs”! ...more

I'm not a mum or pregnant yet, but it is starting to be on my radar and as my partner is ... more

New Zealand Says: Talula May NOT Do the Hula From Hawaii

The latest from the annals of odd news is that a New Zealand judge is allowing a nine-year-old girl to change her name from "Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii" to something that be less likely to "expose her to teasing" from her peers. That's quite a mouthful. I am left wondering if she changed it to just "Talula" or something like "Jane." ...more

that this story has made world wide news and shows the idiots that live in my country! The ... more

Living Abroad: It's an Option

What would you do right now if you could change your life? In my case, I seem to have gotten it into my head that I might want to modify my living location once again. This could mean moving to another U.S. city...but it could also mean going to an entirely different country. ...more

A really great way to travel is to tap into the working holiday scheme that many countries ... more

Help! I'm Young, a Pastor's Wife, and Slightly Rebellious

Although the title is pretty straight forward, I still feel the need to explain it.  This is one of my biggest flaws.  For instance, if I tell a joke and even though I'm sure that the people got it, partly because they laughed, I feel I owe an explanation.  Anyways, I am 23 years old and in the ministry.  My husband and I have been youth pastors for about three years.  Unlike some pastors' wives, I am very very involved.  My husband gives me many opportunities to speak and insists that I  have my hands in just about every aspect of the youth group.  I love it!  But, here's t ...more

Hi, I came across your blog today and wanted to encourage you to hang in there. I don't live ... more