Category: Family

Postpartum Anxiety: It’s Not Your Fault. You Will be Ok. ~ Jen

This post comes with a warning. May is Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month. I am going to talk about some dark moments after the birth of my third baby. If you are feeling sad or scared today, you might not want to read this.  If you need immediate help, please call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) This is the most important thing … Read More Postpartum Anxiety: It’s Not Your Fault. You Will be Ok. ~ Jen

Natural All-Purpose Cleaner ~ Dana

After I started making my own laundry detergent, the homemade, all-natural bug bit me.  I researched basic kitchen and bathroom cleaners and found that the chemicals used for the production of non-natural cleaning products include neurotoxins, carcinogens, heavy metals, and depressants.  They are great at cleaning up messes, but can also cause respiratory problems, allergic reactions, cancers, trigger asthmatic attacks, and reproductive problems (   … Read More Natural All-Purpose Cleaner ~ Dana

A Good Mammoth ~ Jen

The other night Gabriel was reading to me. It was a “free read” night and he had picked a Step up to Reading version of Ice Age 3. We’re on the bed, and I’m trying to nurse Annie, who is treating me like a free refill bar at a fast food restaurant. I’m listening-ish. He reads that Manny, the Mammoth dad, and his teenage … Read More A Good Mammoth ~ Jen

Footloose and Chemical Free ~ Dana

Since cancer has stricken both of our families with such great force, Jen and I decided, almost at the same time, to begin eliminating chemicals from our homes.  One day last summer she mentioned that she was making her own laundry detergent.  I had been researching it too, but just hadn’t gotten it all together to make the leap.  I think part of me … Read More Footloose and Chemical Free ~ Dana

We Are Not Alone ~ Guest Post

My friend and I had our babies five weeks apart. Three years later, I was driving home from work when she called to tell me that her son had been diagnosed with Autism. In the two years since diagnosis, they have walked the path of grief, acceptance and advocacy. They are so brave. One day she told me she was done with people who … Read More We Are Not Alone ~ Guest Post

Planting Trees ~ Dana

One thing that I’ll say about my in-laws is that when they go, they go large.  So when we told them that we wanted to put some fruit trees in our new backyard, they got us some.  Nine to be exact.  Nine fruit trees for my husband Hansel’s birthday back in February. These poor little trees sat, waiting to be planted, for two months … Read More Planting Trees ~ Dana

We Are Raising a Man ~ Jen

A few weeks ago, I watched a young boy hitting and tackling and tattling his way through a party. His dad refused to intervene, saying “The other kids have to stand up for themselves. When they’ve had enough, they’ll hit him back. It’s no big deal. Boys will be boys!” There’s been a lot of conversation the last few weeks about what that phrase … Read More We Are Raising a Man ~ Jen

The Promise of Spring ~ Dana

So, it’s been a while.  And I have wanted to write this great post about the symbolism of Spring and Easter, about the daffodils and the tulips pushing their way up through the ground to greet the first days of spring, about the warming earth, about the days lengthening into summer after the equinox.  But it just didn’t come. I blamed my writer’s block … Read More The Promise of Spring ~ Dana

High Harvest ~ Dana

When Jen and I were brainstorming names for our new blog, one of the words that really resonated with me was “Harvest.”  I bounced around a lot of titles including this word because I feel like this time in my life is the High Harvest.  It’s not the Thanksgiving, end of the season harvest, but the one where things are just starting to get … Read More High Harvest ~ Dana

Here ~ Jen

For those of you who are new, I started on a blog called Hallelujah Highway with three good friends. For years and years, the Highway metaphor was apt for my life. I was journeying towards marriage, motherhood, economic security, health. There was always a bend or fork in the road up ahead, and I was moving, moving, moving. My job was my gas pedal, … Read More Here ~ Jen

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