Just as I am

I am a little bit of a mess after I give birth. I’m not ashamed to admit that, in addition to the normal fluctuation of hormones and the weepy mess of “it’s all too beautiful” as I stare at my newborn, I also have a history of Postpartum Depression (PPD). Having felt the despair multiple times, I am wiser for it; now I know how my body works, can read the signs, and know how to combat the creeping hole before it swallows me up in the weeks after I welcome a new baby.

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Convention tips {Sonlight Blog Party}

This is the fifth installment in a year-long blog party designed to help Sonlight celebrate 25 years of serving homeschoolers. In January, I introduced our family. February’s post was all about how we first started on our journey as a home educating family. In March I shared some words of wisdom garnered from our years of homeschooling. Last month, I shared a day in the life of our homeschool. And today, we focus on convention season.

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Final thoughts {Flats and Handwashing Challenge Day #7}

This post is part of the 5th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge, an education and awareness campaign designed to highlight the benefits of using cloth diapers even in less than ideal financial circumstances.

“How was this experience for you, what have you learned, and what will you do with your new knowledge?”

A week of using only old-fashioned flat diapers, washing them by hand, and hanging them out to dry. A week of throwback, low-tech diapering. A week of bending over the tub, a week of being thankful for sunny, breezy days.

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You got to know when to fold ’em {Flats and Handwashing Challenge Day #6}

This post is part of the 5th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge, an education and awareness campaign designed to highlight the benefits of using cloth diapers even in less than ideal financial circumstances.

I admit it– the number one reason I have steered clear of flats even after 7 years of cloth diapering is folding. Looking at online diagrams, even watching tutorial videos … it all seemed so involved.

Give me a prefold in the super-simple Angel Fold any day, I thought.

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Handwashing? For real? {Flats and Handwashing Challenge Day 5}

This post is part of the 5th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge, an education and awareness campaign designed to highlight the benefits of using cloth diapers even in less than ideal financial circumstances.

I need to open this post with a disclaimer: I am not a newbie to hand washing. In addition to using our bath tub to wash our clothes early in marriage, I also did a stint of hand washing in Nepal. Specifically, Simon’s diapers. So while hand washing is a deal-breaking, scary prospect for some folks, it’s just not a boogeyman for me.

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“How much work is it, really?” {Flats and Handwashing Challenge Days 3 & 4)

This post is part of the 5th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge, an education and awareness campaign designed to highlight the benefits of using cloth diapers even in less than ideal financial circumstances.

Today’s blogging prompt, per the Challenge site, is to describe traveling with flats. Since I missed yesterday’s Open Topic, I figured I could spend today folding in the travel idea with one question I am often asked about cloth diapering: how much extra work is it?

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