When Breastfeeding is Challenging

Feeding babies can be a sensitive subject. It is also something that I am passionate about. I love seeing mamas equipped to feed their babies in the way they desire, and to see little babies thriving! I have formula-fed one baby, and nursed two more. But it hasn’t been an easy road

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Homemade Hair Butter

Several years ago, while we were waiting to adopt our first baby, the popular topic of conversation in our adoption classes/forums was “ethnic hair care.” We quickly became familiar with a popular pink-colored lotion.

However, by the time our little girl was a year old, we realized the wheat germ oil (plus

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Simple Parenting Tips to Help When “I Just Don’t Love You.”

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Parenting is hard work. (So is marriage.)

Sometimes the journey toward parenthood is full of heartaches, but every parent will be faced with challenging seasons as a child is born, displays their unique God-given personality (sometimes with a touch more of that “he’s just like me!” than you expected), begins

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Two Journeys

“A surreal blend of lavender-scented candlelight, the hum of the eternal labor-song, the ripple of soothing water droplets, the timeless taste of salt swirls with gentle whispers…”

Read more at Naturally Knocked Up, where I’m reminiscing about the intersection of birth and adoption in our family. (And make sure to check out her upcoming

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Journey of Blessing: Encouragement Series

Mother’s Day can be a difficult day for many women.

Each year, as Mother’s Day approaches, it is those women who are increasingly on my heart and in my thoughts and prayers. If you are one of these precious women, I encourage you to join me each Friday in the coming weeks for my

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When Mother’s Day is Difficult

If you are living in the US, I’m sure you are well aware that Mother’s Day is this weekend. Reminders are ever-present, from the post titles popping up in my blog reader feeds, the advertisements in the storefront windows across the street, to newspaper flyers landing on my doorstep. Even churches celebrate in many different

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Living A Simple Life-Part 35 (Two Years Old)

Happy Birthday!

Dearest Gen-girl, It is so amazing to see you turn two today!  Two years ago, as you lay in your hospital bassinet, our prayers were raised toward heaven, praying for a family.  Steven Curtis Chapman’s Christmas song* played on the radio in our living room, in the background of our constant prayers,

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Adoption Awareness: Guest Post

In honor of National Adoption Awareness Month, join me over at Naturally Knocked Up for my guest post! I was thrilled when I found out that Donielle is going to be recognizing this special topic. See you there! Affiliates: GivingBirthNaturally: Empowering Women, More Than Alive: Wellness Resources, Mountain Rose Herbs: Organic Herbs & Health, Nurtured

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Gratituesday

This week, I have been incredibly thankful for a lovely weekend away with my husband!  We went on a camping/hiking trip to the coast- just the two of us, for the first time.  We are so thankful for a dear friend, who stayed with Gen all weekend.  (And, it appears they had lots of

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Living A Simple Life- Part 13 (Miscarriage Memory)

Welcome to Part 13 of my Living a Simple Life series!  If you would like to read previous “installments,” click on the “Simple Living Series” tab at the top of the page.  Over the course of writing these posts, I have loved getting to know some of you better, as you have left your

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