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Not the Plan Sitting in that cold, sterile NICU room, I was trying to take it all in. The wall behind the incubator was painted a sage green. It was a calm color, oblivious to the chaos occurring a few feet away. "That's my sister Rebekah's favorite color," I...
It's been a year since one of the worst events of my life. One year ago, I was very gingerly carrying the shell of my 2-year-old boy out of the children's hospital. After a brutal, month-long stay, we were going "home." But home didn't really mean much since we'd just moved to Utah and hadn't yet found a long-term...
  How would you handle the following scenario? At the end of the day, supper time arrives, but there's no food prepared.  In fact, you're staring at a cupboard of almost-empty cereal boxes and a random can of peas. In our house, this either means making pancakes or ordering takeout. While neither option is the healthiest, the second makes our budget freak...
Great Expectations Four was the perfect number. As we sat on that bench in the rolling hills of West Virginia, looking up at the trees, we talked about how many children we wanted, if we were able. We were newly engaged. Nineteen and twenty-one, with big dreams and so much excitement for the future. In an attempt to be the organized and prepared...
New Kid on the Block When we moved to St. George in January of 2017, we didn’t have a place to live.  We’d seen options online that seemed probable but realized quickly that property managers often use old pictures to advertise homes.  So many houses are gorgeous right after they’re built, but a few years’ worth of renters living in...
Once upon a time, if I had an ache or pain that I felt needed attention from a pain reliever, I thought Tylenol (acetaminophen) was a great option.  Of course, with things like menstrual cramps I never relied just on Tylenol and usually went right for some form of ibuprophen instead.  But for lesser ailments, my view of Tylenol...