Happy early birthday, Margaret!

*Special thanks to my beloved former professor and friend, Dr. Teresa Burns Murphy, for writing today's post in honor of her Margaret.* 16 October 2012 Dear Bethany, Eighteen years ago I was where you are now – expecting a baby girl.  My daughter, Margaret, was due on Halloween, but she arrived a couple of weeks... Continue Reading →

Turn, turn, turn

As The Byrds so beautifully quoted in song, "To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven" (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Autumn has always been my favorite season. It marks the end of my least favorite season, summer, and reminds me that excessively sweaty armpits, mosquitoes swarming, and too-short shorts are about... Continue Reading →

Bearable

Some of you may remember reading my blog post about my personal experience with pregnancy. I caught a lot of flack for that post from people who seemed to misunderstand me. These are typically the same people who encourage every woman, regardless of her personal experience with pregnancy, to just be happy, never mention the... Continue Reading →

Girly gratitude

Monday, we learned that we are having a baby girl in November. Both of us have been praying for a healthy baby, regardless of the sex. I will admit, though, that I've also thrown in a few "God, if you don't mind, I'd kind of REALLY like to have a baby girl" prayers along the... Continue Reading →

Willingly out of work

Since I began tutoring a boy in our neighborhood at the age of 13, I've been employed. I tried my hand at the fast food industry, bussed tables at a fish house, scooped ice cream at a small town diner, and handled deposits and light accounting work for McDonald's. In college, I found other part-time... Continue Reading →

Reasons to celebrate

I'd vaguely heard of "reveal parties" for pregnant women and couples who want to reveal the sex of the baby to loved ones. Pink or blue balloons in boxes. Pink or blue cupcakes. Pink or blue flowers. Even a duck with a colored bow tie waddling in, revealing the news. I'd never considered doing this... Continue Reading →

It’s about time!

For the first time in four years, I'm going on vacation. Four years is considerably too long for a person to go without taking a real break from real life for a really long time (well, at least for a week). But life happens--at least, my life happened to me, and I found myself pinching... Continue Reading →

Keep em separated

Having gone through several events which are less than honorable, or difficult to talk about, or painful for others to come to terms with--divorce, bankruptcy, drug and alcohol addiction of those I love, to name a few--I've learned that those who truly love me share in sorrows and in joys, regardless of how well their... Continue Reading →

The heartbeat of God

Yesterday, my husband and I had the privilege of hearing our baby's heartbeat for the first time. Instantly, I cried. I knew I probably would; I have become a much more emotional person than I used to be. The closer I get to God, the more in tune with my own feelings I am. I... Continue Reading →

Not “for granted” anymore!

I used to only feel nauseous when I had a stomach virus, the flu, carsickness, or maybe an intense migraine. When I got pregnant, I began feeling nauseous almost all day every day. I occasionally have brief moments of time when I can breathe and move without feeling uncomfortable, nauseous, and irritated, but those are... Continue Reading →

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