After two years of infertility treatments and two healthy IVF babies, my husband and I were confident that our family was complete. However, we had three embryos left that we were not going to use. We chose embryo adoption, donating...
I see a group of girls giggling. “You’re retarded!” One says to another. More giggles. I cringe. I take my son’s hand and walk a bit quicker. He doesn’t understand yet. Maybe he never will. But I do. I also understand...
Special thanks to our friends at Mercy Iowa City for sharing their stories, advice, and medical knowledge with us.  Today's story comes from Lisa, who is a PA at their office and whose daughter has congenital heart disease. February is...
The stories of my mother's childhood are ones I know well, but they aren't mine. They're hers, and they aren't just stories. They are truths, her truths. Her truths, like so many other children in this country, are filled...
I've noticed that in life there is a pressure to always be seen as busy with things we have to do. There is a pressure to only talk about how much we have on our to-do list related to...
“C’mon, Mommy! Don’t be a scaredy cat,” pleaded my almost seven-year-old daughter as we stood at the bottom of the steps to an indoor water slide. “Olivia,” I replied slowly in my most rational voice, “I really don’t feel comfortable...
Get this: many of our kids will most likely have careers and jobs that don’t even exist yet. Yikes! Sure, some will be teachers, doctors, service men and women (all of which require creativity), but others will have some...
After a grueling 17 hours of labor, my first daughter was born on a cold April morning at around two in the morning. It was long. It was painful. And then I held her. It was perfect. The sudden...
Do you have a few items that you bought with a “someday project” in mind and then never completed the project? Do you enjoy doing things that are easy and give you a great sense of satisfaction when they...
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...

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