The Final Stretch

Five weeks until she’s due. Five weeks until everything changes again. I lay awake at night, watching my stomach contort as she stretches and kicks, and it’s just me and her. A little miracle growing inside. On the outside, there’s chaos. A nursery to prepare. A van to purchase. A house to clean. Dishes in … Continue reading The Final Stretch

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What’s in a Name?

  When I was a young teenager, I looked up the meaning of my name. According to the book that I checked, "Mary" meant "bitter" and "Ann" meant "grace". Truth be told, the name fit. I was an extremely bitter young girl. Life circumstances had left me with a lot of unforgiveness in my heart, … Continue reading What’s in a Name?

Unexpected Joy

Pregnant, sick, exhausted, but happy. That, in a nutshell, is my life at the moment. When my husband and I found out that we were unexpectedly having another child, it took some getting used to. I will freely admit that. In fact, the thought was completely overwhelming. Our daughter's first birthday was a week away … Continue reading Unexpected Joy