Birth Plans (Part 3)

This is the third post in a series on how God has changed me through the ups and downs of pregnancy, childbirth, and miscarriage. (Read the previous post here, or start at the beginning here.)

“You’re stalling out on us, Julie,” the OB doctor-on-call said when she arrived. “Why don’t you labor in the tub a bit more? Maybe things will pick up.” I labored in the tub awhile, but didn’t enjoy it any more than the first time, and eventually laid back down. Continue reading

Birth Plans (Part 2)

This is the second post in a series on how God has changed me through the ups and downs of pregnancy, childbirth, and miscarriage. (Read the first post here.)

Before heading to the hospital, I took some time to put on my make-up and fix my hair. I’d remembered seeing pictures of my beautiful mother after her first childbirth, and didn’t want to look as awful as she had (sorry Mom!) for my hospital pictures . . . Continue reading

Birth Plans (Part 1)

This is the first post in a series on how God has changed me through the ups and downs of pregnancy, childbirth, and miscarriage.

This week my first-born celebrated his sixth birthday. I love being his mom. He’s grown in many ways, but he still has the really great belly-laugh he’s had from early on, and it makes me laugh just listening. I’m a different person in many ways too, since that awful/beautiful day six years ago . . . Continue reading

How to Save Big on the Little Things (Part 1)

020My husband and I recently bought a new chandelier to replace the old one over our table. We went to our local home improvement stores and browsed the light fixtures, landing on three we liked well enough to buy. None were on sale, so we waited and checked back, and waited some more. When we checked back recently, we found one of the three had been marked down to almost 60% off. The fixture retailed for $159 (the most expensive of the three we liked) but was marked down to $69. We bought it and saved $90 off retail. Continue reading