Month 5 – May

You expect it to be a rollercoaster of emotions and struggles and trials. Nine months of constant ups and downs. But it turns out that nine months is a really long time, filled with day-to-day tasks and worries and distractions and joys. You go to work, you hang out with friends, you pursue your hobbies,…

Month 4 – April

April was about people. Telling people what was going on, that is. I had informed my younger brother and sister of the news in March, but now struggled with whether I should tell the rest of my large family prior to my sister’s wedding or after. By the end of the month, I would barely…

Month 3 – March

There’s no denying it: I am a workaholic. I was raised to understand and appreciate the relationship between hard work and the reward of independence, so I guess technically, I love independence, and I accept that I’m only going to get there through a buttload of work. I remember wishing I could work when I…

Month 2 – February

If there’s one thing I never wanted to be in my life, it was pregnant. It wasn’t just motherhood I shied away from – in fact, I was looking forward to being a mother someday in the future. But I wanted to have children, not HAVE children (as I once told my own mother, much…

The Nine-Month Journey

Nine months may not seem like much in the grand scheme of a typical human life, but for a pregnant woman, those specific nine months can hold some of the most life-changing moments she will ever experience. It’s not a constant roller coaster of emotions or flurry of activity. It’s a long, sometimes seemingly endless,…

Proudly Letting Go

I had never met a woman who has given a child up for adoption. Or had I? It’s very possible that I had, and it simply wasn’t something she would ever have brought up or discussed. Why is that? Why do birth moms cover up and set aside one of the most significant experiences of…

The Love of Words

The reason I love classic literature is that I love words. Literature has greatly changed as the human race has become – how shall I put it? – lazier? Simpler? Obsessed with speed? Whatever you want to call it. The attention span required to read a classic novel rarely exists in today’s world, and here’s…

For the Little Things

For teaching me how to bake the perfect cherry pie from scratch…   For showing me how to pump the brakes for a smooth stop while driving and reminding me that just because I see brake lights on the highway doesn’t mean I should slam on my own…   For inspiring me to love Celtic…

The Potter Tour, or How I Became a Fan

In 1997, when Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was released, my dear mother heard the words “witch” and “dark magic” and vowed her children would never read such horrible books. Thus, I grew up away from the fandom which gripped an era soon to be dubbed The Millennials. By high school, I had heard…

The Rookie’s Guide to Touring London Like a Pro: Food Basics

Before we start getting into more specific articles, here are a few things that you may not know about the food and dining experience in London. Hopefully, they will lead to a smoother eating experience… or at least amuse you.   -To eat like the British, think posh. I remember being fascinated with how my…

The Rookie’s Guide to Touring London Like a Pro: The Basics

I’m not sure that two weeks in London qualifies me to write How To Be a Successful Tourist articles, but I seem to have an over-attention to detail that lends itself well to explanations and instructions. Besides that, I do what I want! So I am beginning this series as an outlet for all of…

Speaking British

I already covered a lot of the differences between American English and United Kingdom English in Speaking Scottish (along with some words specific to that country), but good heavens, there are so many more! Everyone talks about “biscuit” (which I talk about in The Biscuit Conundrum). There are so many other words that are spelled…