How to eat an Elephant

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*This post was written about six months ago as a “brain dump” journal entry. It helped me to sort out how I was feeling, to clear my head of the endless “I can’t forget to…!” I didn’t intend to share it simply because I didn’t think others would find value in it. I changed my […]

Written On My Heart

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You know the expression, “stuck between a rock and a hard place”? Meaning, forced to choose between two undesirable choices? I had the opposite problem. Which made it less of a problem, but not any less difficult to make a decision. I recently read Emily Ley’s book, Grace Not Perfection, and she claims that everyone […]

Decided (Pregnancy After PPD: Part 3)

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This is the third and final post in the series, Pregnancy After PPD.  Please be sure to read Part 1 and Part 2 before continuing on.  Thank you!   I’m one of the lucky ones.  I’ve gotten to see that little pink line, followed by a second, fainter pink line, appear twice (Well, more like […]

Deciding (Getting Pregnant After PPD, Part 2)

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Note: This is the second post in the series, Getting Pregnant After PPD.  If you missed the Introduction or Part 1, you may want to go back read those first. (This was originally a journal entry, written in early August at about 1 AM) Tonight I made a decision. I stopped thinking, stopped analyzing, stopped […]

Decisions, Decisions (Getting Pregnant After PPD, Part 1)

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In my experience, if a decision is hard to make, you’re probably choosing the wrong thing. High School Emily agonized for months over choosing a college, creating pros and cons lists, asking everyone for advice, even throwing three markers (representing the three schools) into a bag and picking one out (had I actually gone with […]

Pregnancy After PPD Series: Introduction

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Happy 2018 everyone!  I haven’t forgotten about this blog, but I did get a little caught up in other endeavors–and bogged down trying to write the perfect post to announce our good news: we’re expecting Baby #2!   From wondering if it was the right time to finding out I was pregnant again, there’s been a […]

(Minima)Lips: What was I thinking?

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Direct Sales and Minimalism.  It sounds like an oxymoron, right?  The Engineer and I started embracing a more minimalist lifestyle about six months ago. For us, minimalism isn’t just about bare rooms and less stuff (although less stuff does mean less stuff to care for)—it’s about living our priorities and being intentional whenever possible. What […]

A Guest Post from the “Be There” Dad

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You’ve probably seen that awful picture frame at Kohl’s around Mother’s Day, the one that says “When a baby is born, so is a grandmother.” Whenever I see that, my inner 90s girl rolls her eyes and says “duh.”  Because so is a grandfather. And a mother, father, aunts, uncles, cousins, whatever. Isn’t that the […]

God’s Little Coconuts

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  Did you ever play Mario Kart on a Nintendo 64? Remember how coconuts would bash into your little go-kart when you got too far off course? That’s been my analogy for God’s role in my life: he’ll let me stray only so far from my path before he starts to tap, tap, tap me […]

Baby (Stuff) Changes Everything

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People say that a baby changes everything. For us, the baby stuff really changed everything. I have already shared how overwhelmed we were. We gradually adjusted to our roles as parents, to the differences in our daily lives. We did not adjust to the stuff. In early February, The Engineer watched Minimalism: A Documentary About […]