Charley and the Sweet Tea

My Charley is hilarious. She is full of joy, she’s animated, and since the day she was born, she has been vocal. This all adds up to daily life moments that leave me tickled as I watch my little tot grow and explore the world. Recently that exploration included a few sips of her parents’ sweet tea. As…

Peach.

Peach-fuzz skin. Tiny wrinkled toes. Remnants of an umbilical cord. There’s nothing like a newborn baby. My husband and I are fortunate to have a large number of friends who are creatives (thanks, in part, to our ministry, which celebrates creative arts as forms of worship and has brought together a unique collective of talented…

Powerful Words

Words. We teach our babies how to say them, starting with simple sounds, like da-da-da and ma-ma-ma. Our babies watch us as we make silly faces and move our lips and tongues. They try to imitate us. We wait for our babies to say their first words. And when they do, it’s powerful. Words. We speak…

Every Beating Heart

Have you ever laid your head on your child’s chest and listened to their heart beat? Tonight, as I responded to Charley’s cries (and returned to the bedroom for the thirteenth time), I did just that. It took me a bit longer to get to her this time, so by the time I reached her,…

Charley’s Birth Story – “In an Instant”

Time and time again as each contraction rose, I took a deep breath, pushed my feet into the wall of the shower in front of me, and grasped the bar, leaning my forehead against the cool metal as the pain surged through my insides.
I screamed.
Like the ocean when the water is rough and you’re out too far, the waves hit me over and over again. I was drowning and didn’t have enough of a break from the waves smashing into my face and leaving me breathless to dig my feet in the sand and gain some footing.

Diapers and Hanes

As any expectant momma nearing her due date, I have been chipping away at the last-minute preparations before my little one arrives. First, it was the daunting task of preparing her nursery (in our 107 year old house currently undergoing renovations)! Thank goodness for a handy husband and the help of our parents, who transformed…

Things People Say to Pregnant Women

You’d think people would learn. …yes, you’d think that after thousands of years of women having babies, people would finally learn what is and isn’t appropriate to say to a pregnant woman – this amazing specimen of a human being who sacrifices her body to complete the miraculous work and privilege of growing and carrying and nurturing…

TherapyLog – Things Kids Say

I love working in pediatrics. The kids I engage in therapy provide a constant stream of entertainment.
 They are hilarious, creative, and have the most unique perspective on this world we share. Thank God for children. “You just squeezed the hyper out of me… now I’m so slow!” – CLARK, 7 years old “I have…

Things I Learned – First Trimester of Pregnancy

Things I learned during the first trimester of pregnancy. That little bump you’re patting at 7 weeks is tomorrow’s trip to the bathroom. On that note… every trip to the bathroom resulting in #2 should be celebrated. …and it may or may not smell worse than anything you’ve ever encountered – dead or alive. Parental…

Introducing our Circus

The journey started long before this day. Long before we met and fell in love. But now it continues in a tangible way, with a positive test and a growing belly! My name is Elle, and this is my husband Chris. 
This is our story of the circus of life, the wonders of pregnancy, the…