• 18 Week Bumpdate with Baby #2

    Hey sweet readers! Long time no see! The past six months have been so very busy: in-between sleep struggles with Gideon, working a lot of hours as a work-at-home-mama, the holidays, and my first trimester I just didn’t have it in me to fit in blogging as well. I have really missed my readers, sharing my stories, and chronicling all… [Continue Reading]

    18 Week Bumpdate with Baby #2
  • The Stroller Mom’s Autumn Bucket List + Free Printable

    Autumn smells like cinnamon rolls, new pencils, and pumpkin pie. Fall is officially here. Time to clean up the garden, pull out the sweaters, and swap out the iced coffee for hot. This short season gets a bad rap sometimes. In Nebraska, we collectively mourn the end of summer, because we are dreading the return of ice, snow, and long… [Continue Reading]

    The Stroller Mom’s Autumn Bucket List + Free Printable
  • In Which We Go Vegan

    We were eating homemade ribs, when he said it. He was eating his second plate of ribs: sauce dripping down his chin and pooling on top of the mashed potatoes and french bread. I was feeding shreds of meat to our one-year-old, thinking about what I was going to make for breakfast the next morning. You never know when your… [Continue Reading]

    In Which We Go Vegan
  • I Can’t be a People Pleaser AND a Mom

    I struggle with people pleasing. I remember the first time someone I was uncomfortable with held my baby, and my people pleasing tendencies kept me silent. The visitor took a shaky step as she held my two-day-old baby. My postpartum anxiety rose in my throat, almost choked me as I watched, and tried to think of a nice way to… [Continue Reading]

    I Can’t be a People Pleaser AND a Mom
  • How to Prepare for a VBAC

    So you want a VBAC? You had a c-section last time, because you failed to progress, or maybe they told you the baby would be too big, or that your pelvis was too small or maybe you had complete placenta previa (like I did): you had a frustrating birth experience and you are dreaming of VBACing next time, but you… [Continue Reading]

    How to Prepare for a VBAC

I Dare You to Trust God With Your Dreams

I am tickled this week to join a fearless bunch of women bloggers in five minutes of unedited writing. An online flash mob of writers who are intent on throwing their caution, and perfectionism to the wind. This week our prompt word is “Dare”.   START I whispered to myself tersely that my anxiety was, in actuality, excitement. I tried…

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The Infamous Day My Eye Began to Twitch

Coffee, and I are fair weather friends at best. We barely speak on a regular basis. But  as soon as tests pile on top of each other like a bunch of errant dalmation pups–that is the moment when I pick up the phone, and dial my old acquaintance with her gravelly voice, and oddly pungent perfume to get me through…

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Five Ways for you to go on the Vacation of your Dreams in 2015

There are few things more intoxicating to me than the pungent scent of dark roasted coffee beans combined with creamy wedding talk. And this past week I got both brewed together in a large steaming serving, with whipped cream on top. I was leaning across the counter at our local coffee shop right before my Advanced Directing class began, and…

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How I Found Myself Talking About Seal Intestines Over Dinner

It was that one fateful night when a Tongan, an Alaskan, and a Nebraskan all got together and talked about food. Seal intestines, wild bores, and corn. The waitress’s lips curved into an amused smile as she delivered our steaming plates of burritos while we laughed, and joked about how we grew up. Three of us sitting in a booth…

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Enjoying the Little Things {Even if You’re Stressed}

I was sitting in the empty Success Center with my “Tutor” tag dangling around my neck. I tutor English in my spare time, but no on was coming in that day, and I was bored. I sat mindlessly munching on an apple, when it hit me like a pop quiz the day before Thanksgiving break: I had been living my…

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For Those Times You Just Don’t Fit In

I don’t know about the rest of y’all, but sometimes I am simply too dense to hear God when He whispers. Sometimes, that wild God of mine has to take the megaphone of repetition in order to get my attention. He gets me on a reoccurring theme–something that happens in various forms over, and over in my life in–order to…

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One Breath

We made a lopsided circle, but with our eyes downcast we did not even notice. The building was quiet, except for one errant cricket that sang on, and the faint squeaking of the roof of the theater. Our teacher silently observed as the ten of us stood still, our eyes squeezed shut, and our arms gingerly placed on each other’s back. The only…

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How a Theatre Major Plans a Wedding

Less than a month ago, I got engaged. The week that followed my engagement was all things wonderful, sparkly, and new. After getting engaged I was caught up in the flurry of calling friends, and family, staring for hours on end at my ring, and looking at lots of pictures on Pinterest. But then one day I realized, with dread, that…

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Twenty-Six Letters

Attempting to learn a new language has plunged me, without an oxygen mask, into a swirling vortex of newness, and discomfort that I try to avoid in my daily life. I have been attempting, somewhat consistently, for the past few months to become proficient in my fiancé’s native tongue–Tongan. And this language baffles me unlike anything else. My brain gets twisted around itself as…

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