November: the beautiful month full of life’s little pleasures. You can watch squirrels so diligently gather and hide acorns for the winter, see wild turkeys majestically strut across the empty fields, and see children’s sweet breath as they run...
What if you could help a friend who’s struggling with infertility? Not just with a shoulder to lean on—what if you could actually give that friend a baby? In the not-too-distant past, my husband and I struggled through two years...
It's that time again: back-to-school!  Time for new backpacks, new teachers, and the ever-popular "first day of school picture".  If you're looking for ways to spice up those photos this year, and maybe you aren't the most crafty/creative mom,...
For as long as I can remember, I pictured myself as a wife and mother. I never thought my life would be any different than that. Like my own mother, my older sister, and my friends, I just assumed...

It’s Time To Talk

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Have you ever avoided having a conversation with someone because you just weren’t sure what to say or you were nervous about how they might react to what you needed to talk to them about? I can think of...
November has many things to be thankful for (gobble, gobble), but it is also National Adoption Awareness Month. An entire month dedicated to raising awareness for the mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, grandparents and others who choose to love their...
"They're so cute! Are they adopted?" "What IS he? Is he half-black and half white, or half-black and half Asian? If he's half-black and half-Asian, you're lucky because half-black/half Asian kids are the most BEAUTIFUL! I really wish I had...

You Carried Him Anyway

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You carried a little baby inside you, a baby boy. I don’t know what went through your mind when you first found out you were pregnant with him. Was it similar to what I felt each of those early...
When you’re 16 there is really no good, or right, way to tell your parents that you think you are pregnant. It’s like ripping off a Band-Aid, they say “do it fast and it will hurt less”, but in...
As I sit here watching my daughter spin and dance in our living room while watching Rapunzel, I can’t help but ask myself, “What did I do to deserve this little nugget of happiness?” She is so much more...

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Celebrate Mardi Gras with these Events in Iowa City

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As Iowans, Mardi Gras is probably not on the radar . . . but who doesn't love another excuse to celebrate? Fat Tuesday, as...

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