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The Perfect No

How many times have you been in a situation and you felt so uncomfortable and wanted to quietly make your way out without being noticed? I have felt this way with past guys I’ve dated (or not dated), past jobs I have worked, encounters with friends or acquaintances,...
Longing for Spring

Longing for Spring

Lately I had been feeling exhausted. Maybe that’s the wrong word. Deflated? The new year started and instead of everything being fresh and new the first few weeks forcefully reminded me of sickness and death, struggle and stalemate. Just because we decide to label a...

The Perfect Body: Learning to Celebrate

Hey there! I took an unplanned vacation from writing- everyone in our family ended up getting that awful winter crud going around and everything non-essential came to a screeching halt. Although my kids energy returned quick as an Oklahoma weather change, it took me...

The Perfect Body: The early years

There is something wrong with me. Five-year-old Elisabeth learned this a long time ago. The girls in ballet class were efficient teachers with their sideways looks, pointing fingers, and poorly-hidden sneers. “She doesn’t know how to dance” they said to themselves....
The Perfect Birth Story, Child 1 Part 2

The Perfect Birth Story, Child 1 Part 2

And I’m back! Sorry to make you wait, I just couldn’t finish the whole story in time. Plus, labor is all about waiting, so feel free to consider it, in some small way, experiencing childbirth with me. Back to the wee hours of Monday morning. All my helpers were still...

The Perfect Birth Story, Child 1 Part 1

The Perfect Birth Story, Child 1 Part 1. I knew. I took a test but I already knew the answer. I was pregnant. I could tell my body felt different, my like-clockwork cycle was off, and I knew. It felt like magic growing inside of me and although nobody else in the...