Our Alex

When I was in my second year of teaching, I had a co-worker come up to me in the hallway and inform me that she had had a dream that I was pregnant, that she was “usually pretty good about knowing these things,” and that I should probably take a test.  I laughed, and told…

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The good kinda of gossip

When I first got married I remember several women, both of my own age and that of my mother’s, warning to me to be careful of those “mom groups”, or “wife’s night out gatherings.”  They gave a cautionary tale of the tendency many women have when in groups to uncharitably gossip and more specifically to…

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My Breast Effort

I love breastfeeding. It might be one of my favorite wonders of the female body.  Being able to nourish my baby, with my body, even though she is on the outside, is awesome.  I love the bonding that I get to have with her.  And I’m sure you’ve heard all the arguments on how breastfeeding…

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Natural Family Planning…It’s a party?!

The topic of Natural Family Planning is a complex one that is as unique as the couples who choose to use it.  For some it’s very simple, straightforward, and easy.  For others it’s a challenge, needing detailed counseling from a trained professional. Regardless, we support and value those who put the time in to educate…

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Accepting Help

As a high-energy, type-A, go-getter who comes from a family of high-energy, type-A go-getters, I have always struggled with pride and perfectionism.  Pride in the fact that I am (under normal circumstances) able to accomplish a million things in a day and perfectionism in that they will generally be done correctly and in a very…

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Expectations

In October 2005, my husband and I went to the doctor to see our very first baby for the very first time.  It was a routine 20 week ultrasound and we were so excited to catch a glimpse of the little person who was growing inside of me.  We watched the screen closely, not knowing…

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Self-Worth

In a fit of empty-nesting/surviving another Minnesota winter, my mother has been cleaning and organizing old pictures.  To say she has come across some humdingers would be an understatement.  We have been enjoying looking back at hysterical pictures of my younger brother and I dressed in matching, homemade ensembles, as well as 80’s fashions.  Nothing…

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“Wombing”

The title here may have led you to believe that I am going to be writing about pregnancy.  I am not.  I am, however going to endeavor to discuss with you an aspect of femininity that my husband and I have dubbed “wombing.”   It is the female disposition towards inclusivity.   “Interiority” is the bigger more technical…

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The Women of the Ward

“A woman by her very nature is maternal — for every woman, whether … married or unmarried, is called upon to be a biological, psychological or spiritual mother — she knows intuitively that to give, to nurture, to care for others, to suffer with and for them — for maternity implies suffering — is infinitely…

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Living a Life of Gratitude

If you spend any amount of time on facebook or pinterest, you likely saw the someecards card that reads “Black Friday:  Because only in America, people trample others for sales exactly one day after being thankful for what they already have.” Though I chuckled when I first read it, I was immediately struck with how…

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