(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 […]

Strong Legs Like My Mother

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  I didn’t want to tell my Mom I had postpartum depression.  I knew I needed to share my diagnosis , for many reasons. I wanted to explain that who I had been the last year wasn’t who I wanted to be. That there was an underlying issue. Not to make excuses for myself but to offer […]

Taking the Pills

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My Dad doesn’t take pills. When his doctor informed him that he was pre-diabetic, Dad asked for six months to get his diet and exercise in-line before starting medication. At fifty-five, he is very proud of the fact that he doesn’t need daily meds to manage his cholesterol or sugar or whatever else middle-aged men […]

Little Darcy

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Meet Little Darcy, the miniature version of the love of my life. (To be clear, I mean my husband The Engineer, not the immortal Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pride and Prejudice.  Because he’s, you know, fictional.  Unfortunately.) This sweet boy joined our family in June of 2016 and we’ve been wondering what we could have possibly […]

The (My) Engineer

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The day my parents dropped me off at college, my Dad said to me, “Do what you want, just don’t date an engineer.” The Engineer and I met later that afternoon. We became an official couple two months later—I say official, because the girls in my dorm would tease me about being “courted” by the […]

My Own Advocate

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Reading Present Over Perfect in the waiting room the other week, I overheard a young woman pushing a stroller quietly say to the receptionist, “I’m here for the Open Clinic. The Perinatal Mood Disorders one.” “Do you have an appointment?” She did not. Understandably so, given the title “Open Clinic.” She was just hoping to […]

Meet Dry Mama

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My sister and I are pretty close. The kind of close where I asked her if I could borrow a pair of underwear when I ran out at my parents’ house the other week and she gave me a pair of my own back that she’d somehow wound up with three years ago.  That she’d […]