9 months, 1 week

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That’s how long it’s been since I made a blog post and 4 months, 2 weeks, and 4 days since I last even sat down to blog. WTF? Why have a blog if your aren’t going to blog? I mean really what’s the point? I guess you could say I’ve been doing a bit of transitioning and was having a hard time defining my voice. In fact, I’m still having a hard time. I recently mentioned this fact to The Lineman. His stunningly brilliant, simple answer, “Just do it and you’ll figure it out,” caught me off guard. This coming from the guy that ponders a plan for... 

Camper to Glamper : DONE!

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The Glamper is done! Well, as done as it’s ever going to be. I foresee myself constantly tweaking the finished product. There has been a little trouble with the blinds that I made, turns out the fabric I used is really heavy. So I’ll have to fix that and we still need to make some coat hooks. But all in all, it’s finished! The family has been out multiple times and are loving the remodel. Mostly they like because it feels bigger. It’s amazing what a few coats of paint can do!

Glamper Update

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It’s not done yet, and I have a tutorial or two still to finish, but I though I would share some photos of the work in progress. The Lineman putting it back together. The theme of the Glamper is “Line Life” in honor of that electrifying man I share my bed with. Powerline insulators I couldn’t do all this work and not get myself a little something! Dinette area! Showing off the new shades! Dinette and living room Shades up Shades down…see little Laila? It’s coming along. We still have some work to do, but enough was done by Mother’s Day that we have already... 

Camper to Glamper : Part 2

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I took a break from painting and recovered the camper cushions! I was really nervous about attempting this part of the make over, since I had NO IDEA what I was doing. I found several really great blogs that detailed the two different options. One a no-sew option, the other semi-easy sewing. I was torn between the two. As luck would have it, a great friend and her family visited  for the weekend. An experienced seamstress, J had recovered cushions before! And  preferred the no-sew method so we wouldn’t have to use  the (almost) antique sewing machine I had borrowed! Step 1 – Measure... 

My Abortion

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I was 20. It was fall, second year of college. My life was pretty out of control as I tried to figure out my place in the world. Things were bumpy and I was careless with my pill and my heart. It was the nausea that first clued me into the pregnancy. My period hadn’t come on time, but I’d missed pills then started back up. I wasn’t worried. But when a friend noticed my aversion to food and smells, she was the first to suggest a pregnancy test. I balked. No way was I pregnant. I’d been on the pill for 4 years and had never even had a scare. After having a few libations, I got a pregnancy... 

Camper to Glamper: Part 1

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Well I did it! I started our Camper to Glamper remodel!! WOW! WTF was I thinking!?! After countless hours looking at amazing camper remodels on Pinterest and the internet, I decided I wanted to make over our new-to-us camper. I floated the idea by the Lineman, promising to do all work myself. He agreed and pulled the camper to our home. We started with a 2006, 29 foot camper with one slide out. We bought it a year ago, as part of a compromise for living in town. It’s a great way to camp because almost everything can stay packed!! It’s awesome. Plus I have a bed. It doesn’t get... 

A love letter to the women seeking abortions

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I am an abortion doula. It is my job to be by the sides of women getting abortions. I talk to them about their choice, I counsel about the procedure, and I hold their hand while they get the abortion. I wipe tears from some, smile and laugh with others. I’m here to recognize and acknowledge what you are going through, and make this scary thing, less scary, and more loving and nurturing. I’ve learned a few things as an abortion doula and there are some things that I would like you to know. First, I want to you know you are a good person. This is a life changing choice, no matter what choice... 

Balance

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April is an anniversary of sorts, for us. Two years ago my husband and I separated.  A year ago we moved in together. It’s been a roller coaster the past two years. There has been tremendous amounts of change and transition. Good, mostly, but hard. Really hard. My husband and I both had to learn how to communicate. Our family had to learn how to function  in a new space, and new life style.  Actually we are still learning, I believe it will always be a work-in-progress. While all of this learning and changing and transitioning as been going on, so has life. The kids have gotten bigger,... 

What is a full-spectrum doula?

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The word doula comes from an ancient Greek word meaning “a woman who serves women” and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.” DONA International. The above is the most common definition. An accurate definition of Full-Spectrum Doula is: A trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to women through... 

Going Public

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If your reading this it means you one of the very few friends that I have shared this adventure with. Please be patient while I upload content! Regular posts will start Spring/Summer 2014! Thanks and Love A