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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Thriving or Surviving?

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Did your parents ever tell you to clean your plate because there were kids in Africa starving? To stop whining about sharing a room when some kids don’t even have a roof over their heads? I only recently realized the flaws in this approach.  Don’t get me wrong—The Engineer and I fully intend to instill […]