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Remembering My First Homebirth

I had my first homebirth in 2009. My previous births were all in a hospital. My fourth born child, Luke, was born at home in Austell, Georgia, USA. That child’s birth was among those featured in Elephant Journal’s Homebirth Unveiled—The… Continue Reading →

A Super Long List of Fertility Awareness Based Methods (FABMs)

There are lots of different FABMs to help a woman figure out when she is fertile and infertile each cycle. Some have a better efficacy than others, however choosing a method that you will actually follow is way better than badly following another “better” method. Here’s a list of all the FABMs I know about, along with a few things that get commonly get mistaken as FABMs.

Natural Cycles Review & 30% Off Link

If you’ve been thinking about signing up with Natural Cycles for natural birth control or to help you conceive, then here’s a discount to try it out for a year. I’ve been trying out Natural Cycles alongside my regular fertility charting. Here are my thoughts on using Natural Cycles so far.

Fertility Awareness & Self Directed Learning

In the last year my interest in learning more about fertility awareness has grown beyond simply what’s needed to effectively fertility chart for myself into something much bigger. I would definitely say it’s now an obsessive, passionate interest of mine! It’s been really interesting for me to think of this interest in the context of unschooling…

Where Feminism and Religion Intersect

I’ve recently become acquainted with the term intersectional feminism. As I understand it, intersectional feminism seeks to understand feminism as it intersects with other aspects of women’s lives. Well, here’s how feminism intersects with this conservative, Christian woman’s life.

Hard Work – Part 4: What does Minimalism have to do with hard work?

In this final part of the series on Hard Work let us think about the source of a lot of our work: the stuff we own.

Hard Work – Part 3: How can we cultivate diligence, grit, and helpfulness in our children?

In Part 3 of the series on Hard Work we get to the the practical question: “I have to get stuff done, am I just supposed to wait around and hope that people will help me?! So far that’s never happened!”

Hard Work – Part 2: Do people do hard things even when they are not forced to do them?

In this part of the Hard Work series I want to think through if people will do hard things when they are not forced to do them.

Hard Work – Part 1: What if my children are never forced to do hard things?

With unschooling the question often comes up: “What if my children are never forced to do hard things? Will they ever learn grit and determination? Will they develop a sense of entitlement?” The argument is often made that doing whatever… Continue Reading →

Life in Riyadh

Who knew that life in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia would end up being this wonderful balance of isolation, adventure, and modern convenience! So far I’m really liking our life in KSA. It’s strange, I kinda feel like I should be posting… Continue Reading →

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