Soul Gardening

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Personal journal of a 35 year old former career woman, pregnant after infertility, building a new life as a writer, teacher and mother.

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Time Trials

The other morning, I was digging around for something in the back of my closet when I found a framed photograph I’d stashed there in one of my fits of manic tidying.

Where the Bruises Are

I met a life coach a few years back who promised he’d help me “become more of who I was.” He said that as though it were a good thing. I’m not so sure.

Debate: Are Elective C-sections Anyone's Business

"Yes," by Nola Hamilton: The most basic reason that it's my business that the rate of elective C-sections is rising is that I have a stake in other mothers' and other children's lives.... "No," by Marlee Ryson: I can no more imagine butting into another woman's birthing choices than I can imagine asking to borrow her diaphragm....

Dating the Hubs

So, you see, we had this baby. Life changed. I don’t mean to brag, but before the baby came, we were good—really good—at going out on dates with each other.

Bonus Baby

Last night I did what I ordinarily do around eleven o’clock. I shut down my laptop computer and put it away, then closed the book I was reading and set it on the lamp stand next to the sofa. I brought my water glass and my wine glass into the kitchen and put them in the dishwasher. While my husband went outside to smoke his last cigarette for the evening, I climbed the stairs and readied myself for bed.

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When a medical prognosis disrupted Elisabeth Williams’s dreams of motherhood she decided to focus her education, love and attention into working with children in need. Read more about Elisabeth’s work with abused and neglected kids and her next big dream – becoming a mom herself.