a star is born

It’s been six weeks (!!!) since our Maelle made her appearance, and I’m only just now finishing the story of her birth.  That #newbornlife is NO JOKE.

My lackadaisical attitude toward the writing of birth stories–both before and after I got pregnant–has always baffled me.  As a woman, I understand the desire–need, even–for a mother to process the momentous event of her child’s birth, whether with a friend over coffee or on paper.  As a writer, I understand the epic storyline and suspense found in the telling of one’s experience laboring and delivering a child.  Yet, writing the story of my own child’s birth was not one I was bursting at the seams to document.  Even now, I’m probably penning this more for posterity or ‘completeness’ rather than out of enthusiasm, but trust that my feelings will warm in the process of the telling. Continue reading “a star is born”

Pregnancy: 3rd Trimester Wrap-Up

I started writing this post at week 37, knowing it could be any day now that our little girl decides she’s ready to come out.  And here we are, three weeks later and my due date has come and gone.  Apparently, about half of all babies come somewhere before 40 weeks and 5 days, which means the other half come even later than that!  Just trying to be patient over here… Continue reading “Pregnancy: 3rd Trimester Wrap-Up”

closing the book (or THP: my own afterword)

(This is the last part in a series about The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin.  To start at the beginning, click here. Additionally, for my personal take on seeking joy as a believer in Christ and seeking happiness as it pertains to this book, click here.)

In my previous post on the last chapter of The Happiness Project, I asked myself a question: “How has Gretchen’s attempt to ‘change her life without changing her life’ changed how I view my own happiness?”

In a sentence: I think I’m more aware of who I am, what makes me happy, and how my behavior affects those around me. Continue reading “closing the book (or THP: my own afterword)”