Category: Lipstick & Pearls

I am the face…of pregnancy loss

Have you noticed the large quantity of ?awareness? campaigns taking place on a daily/weekly/monthly basis? For the benefit of this column, I did. And let me tell you, Wikipedia has quite the list. For instance, did you know that only January and December (according to the list) are void of awareness events? Or, that on top of Women?s History Month, […]

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?Another day? is another miracle

A year ago, Sept. 27, 2010, shortly after 11 a.m., I found myself sitting alone in a bathroom stall at KU Medical Center. With joyful tears, I silently praised the Author of Life for giving me another day with my then 2-year-old daughter. At that moment, ?another day? was not assumed, but viewed as a very precious gift. Roll back […]

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Gaining wisdom a life-long journey

In the 1990s, PBS aired re-runs of Michael Landon?s ?Little House on the Prairie.? As an elementary school student during those years, I honestly had no idea the shows were re-runs. But I?m guessing I wouldn?t have cared. Every day, the bus dropped my sister and me off at the top of our driveway with just enough time to spare […]

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‘Most days’ is as normal as it gets

A few short years ago, before officially becoming a mom, I listened politely as other moms relayed stories to me. Pregnancies, especially first pregnancies, seem to bring out an abundance of solicited and unsolicited advice. In my case, it was about 10 percent solicited and 90 percent unsolicited. Nevertheless, advice I got. ?Sleep while the baby sleeps.? (If you have […]

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Exposure led to change of direction

When my husband and I named our daughters, we put a lot of thought into it. We made sure our girls didn?t have any awkward initial combinations?PBJ, for instance. We avoided weird names like Pilot Inspektor?seriously, that?s the name of actor Jason Lee?s son. Yikes! And we wanted traditional names with a twist. I think we succeeded with Gracelyn and […]

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Ectopic pregnancy is a shared hurt

It?s safe to say the world runs on shared experience (and maybe caffeine). Business deals are made through a passion for paper goods. Politicians are elected on hot-button topics the public relates to. Relationships are built and maintained over a love for music. But by far, for me, the most obvious form of shared experience is my two lovely children […]

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Parenting has a humbling effect

As an old Chinese proverb says, ?Arrogance invites ruin, humility receives benefits.? And there?s nothing like parenthood to deal out humility in large doses. Just when I think I deserve a big pat on the back for a job well-done, another misadventure?most often in the shape of one (or both) of my daughters?hits like a rock. And knocks me back […]

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Life is better when it?s gift-wrapped

By nature?and maybe birth order?it goes against part of my soul to fly by the seat of my pants. It?s great when life comes gift wrapped and tied with the proverbial pink, polka-dot bow. I like neat and tidy. And I like gift-wrapped boxes that come pre-adorned. But life with kids is to beautiful gifts as a tornado is to […]

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Bugs represent dark side of winter

It?s been a long winter, and I?m not referring to the weather. In fact, I rather enjoy all kinds of weather, including the beauty of a fresh snowfall?even 15-plus inches. I know I?m in the minority with that statement?I?m sure most of you are cringing. But deep down, all you winter-haters have to admit there?s something glorious about stepping out […]

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May new year be better organized

I tend to start each new year with high expectations. I want all the resolution-type things?although I rarely go so far as to actually write down my resolutions. I just think about them. A lot. For this year, I want my household to be more organized?as in, finding specific places for all the new Christmas gifts our family received. It […]

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