Faith · Politics

¨No gifts¨ Christmas – an invitation

The truth is my family has no income right now, hasn’t for many months. My husband is a full-time student who works crazy hours, I’m a stay-at-home-mom….who works crazy hours. We are “financed” by student loans and the overwhelming generosity of both our parents. We are awash in privilege and support to live very comfortably… Continue reading ¨No gifts¨ Christmas – an invitation

Motherhood

Nursing picture and portraits of motherhood – the story of my 4th trimester bodies photo shoot

Here they are, the rest of the pictures from my session. I love CJ’s bright eyes in the portrait of just the two of us. And I am still processing what my body and face really look like in the nursing pic and the headshot. I do love the strength, movement and comfort captured in… Continue reading Nursing picture and portraits of motherhood – the story of my 4th trimester bodies photo shoot

Motherhood

Why I’m taking my clothes off on Thursday – 4th Trimester Bodies Project

In two days I will strip down to my underwear and pose for a picture. I’m participating in the the 4th Trimester Bodies Project, the brainchild of Chicago mom and photographer Ashlee Wells, a series of portraits showcasing what mothers’ bodies look like. Like hundreds of women who have all ready been photographed for the… Continue reading Why I’m taking my clothes off on Thursday – 4th Trimester Bodies Project

Mental Health · Motherhood

Pregnancy, panic, guilt and anxiety – PART II

Two days ago I wrote about the onset of anxiety and panic attacks during my third trimester. I ended on a trip to the maternity emergency room where an OB, a social worker and a psychiatrist helped me make a plan to tackle the problem. This post is a list of the different aspects of… Continue reading Pregnancy, panic, guilt and anxiety – PART II

Mental Health · Motherhood

Pregnancy, panic, guilt and anxiety – PART I

I have complained a lot this pregnancy. I have allowed these eight or so months to be defined by the relentless nausea of the first trimester, the exhaustion of the third and the tear-inducing challenge of our schedule during the second trimester. I’ve been wrapped in “survival mode” as I tried to navigate living in… Continue reading Pregnancy, panic, guilt and anxiety – PART I

Motherhood · Poetry · Politics

To mothers in war zones – a poem and a humble list of places to donate funds

There are, tragically, countless places in the world that need our help – from financial donations, to awareness of the issues, to using our political voice and, most importantly, our unceasing prayers. Today I write specifically about four places in the world where mothers are hurting. During this summer of horrors we have watched thousands… Continue reading To mothers in war zones – a poem and a humble list of places to donate funds