Relationships

The New Domesticity: Raising Old-Fashioned Families 

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We gathered around the table with a common goal: make it to Oregon. But would all six of us survive? It seemed doubtful. Embarking on our journey, we were optimistic, determined, hopeful. But as the dusty trail behind us grew, so did our doubts. The oxen were thirsty. Dysentery threatened. The wagon tongue broke. (Again.)… Read More

Lilly’s Story & Local Teen Parent Resources

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Lilly K. knows only too well the ups and downs of being a pregnant homeless teen. Today she is in a safe place, studying to be an EMT, with a healthy toddler at her side, but it was only a short time ago that she felt all alone and completely desperate. Each and every parent… Read More

Dear Stepdad, You’re Important, Too

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In the early years of our marriage, I wondered if we would make it to our next anniversary. Blending four children, grappling with our stepparent roles while learning to parent together, combating ex-spouses, and trying to stay afloat with job, church and community obligations seemed impossible. As we celebrated 22 years of marriage recently, I’m thankful… Read More

What No One Tells You About Childbirth

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Now that you’re pregnant, you’re dutifully attending your childbirth education classes and reading everything you can get your hands on about the stages of labor and birth. But classes and books tend to give you the big picture, not the surprising—and sometimes embarrassing—details, like the fact that during labor–especially if you haven’t been given pain… Read More