| 12 | A Mom Waiting |

I’ve never had a single positive pregnancy test. For two years I walked—sobbed and stumbled—through the cold valley of infertility. We were eventually diagnosed with unexplained infertility—if that counts as a diagnosis. Everything that needed to work in our bodies did. But it didn’t work. Conception never happened. Infertility was a slow, heavy torture that …

| 9 | The Brain Out of Order |

The past couple weeks my depression has made itself very known, in a way that it hasn’t for a long time. Oddly, I’ve been able to, somehow, watch it worsen and study how it interacts with my world and relationships. I’m experiencing it and observing it simultaneously. I’m confident that my education in psychology is …

| 8 | Parenthood, Tantrums, and the Father |

I have the beautiful and broken privilege of being a foster mom. It’s the most incredible, rewarding, exhausting, and sacrificial thing I've ever done. It’s never not painful, but it’s always full of love. Foster parenting and traditional parenting are two very different beasts, but I think they’re both, well... beasts. Being a parent in …

| 6 | Hello Disruption |

Well, family, we are living in astonishing times. My little ones are home from daycare indefinitely, but my husband and I have continued work, school, and financial expectations. It's a mostly unwelcome adventure, to be honest. But, comparably, I know we’ve got it pretty good. Between making snacks, finger painting, kissing owies, resolving playroom tantrums, …