• Parenting,  Pregnancy

    Dear Asa

    Today, I find myself wondering about who you are and what you will become. There is so much to learn and know about you. While we wait and prepare for your arrival, we eagerly gobble up every bit of information about you that we can.  We cling to little tidbits, like how fast your heart beats… and how much you move in Mama’s belly. We were on pins and needles for weeks while we waited to learn you were a second little boy, and from there, all of our wonder turned to what your name would be. Mama and Daddy decided to split the fun of choosing a name. We…

  • Character,  Parenting

    The Man I Want My Son to Become

    As I stood at the counter, folding a batch of your laundry, I held up a pair of your jeans and stared at them. When did you get so tall? I held out a leg and thought, I could have fit two of you in one of these. I looked over at you, spinning your Daddy’s office chair around in circles. Suddenly you know how to do and say so many new things. Two days ago you took your first steps. You’re growing up fast. I realize, more and more each day, that it’s no longer simply about nurturing and providing basic needs. A little person is emerging… a personality……

  • Parenting

    The Only One for Me: Mixie Bottle Review and GIVEAWAY!

    Is it possible to fall in love with a bottle? I’ve fallen in love with a bottle. I mean, seriously. It’s real folks. Every time I look at it my heart bubbles over in giddy excitement.  This bottle has changed EVERYTHING. A couple of weeks ago I told my husband that being a mom makes me want to be an inventor. When your entire world suddenly revolves around a tiny little human on a three-hour countdown, and everything you’ve ever done now takes four times as long as it used to, it doesn’t take long to spot the inefficiencies of baby products. My mind is constantly wondering why some things…

  • Parenting

    The Formula Stain

    “Are you breast-feeding him?” That seems to be the question of the hour. Usually, I don’t mind. It’s a point of conversation for most people, and if you’re a friend, I’ll open up to you about it. But sometimes, it’s a loaded question, and on this occasion, the elderly stranger crinkled up her nose in disgust when I responded almost apologetically, “No…” I shouldn’t have felt the need to respond with shame, but I felt the judgment coming. At that moment, her reaction collided with my post pregnancy hormones, and left me with threatening tears. With a simple look, she heaped guilt and dishonor upon me. Her disfigured countenance offered…

  • Life as a Wife,  Parenting,  Prayer,  Pregnancy,  Uncategorized

    The Power of a Prayer Request: Zane’s Arrival

    It’s been two whole months since my son made his dramatic and premature entrance into this world. It’s hard to believe time can pass so quickly –that the little 3lb. 10oz. boy in the NICU is now a 9 pound “newborn” according to his adjusted age. As days have turned into weeks, and weeks into months though, nothing has struck me more profoundly than the amount of prayer that went up on our behalf. I know this because not one single day has passed where a person hasn’t walked up to me, or called me, or sent a card, or texted me and said, “We were praying for that little…