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 […]

Denial, Monica-Style

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Remember the Friends episode when Monica tries to convince Chandler she isn’t sick? When she can’t speak clearly because her nose is so clogged with snot? Telling everyone she’s “fineeeed” when she obviously just needs to lie down, maybe watch a little Friends on Netflix? (Or the 90s equivalent, so…Friends on TV?) That was me over […]

Chrissy Teigen Saved My Motherhood

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I love Pinterest—it’s 2017, who doesn’t? One of my favorite things about it, though, is that sweet little button that says “secret.” You can make all sorts of secret boards without anyone else seeing your crazy. Back when Pinterest and I were both still young, I pinned photo after photo of clever favor ideas, elegant […]