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    Thoughts on Motherhood: Nature vs. Nurture

    Dena June 18, 2018

    My experiences both during pregnancy and after the birth of each of my children were vastly different. I often find myself wondering how much it shaped them–the things that I went through while I carried them inside of me, the things that I went through in the first months after they were born. I studied psychology and anthropology at length from the time I was in high school, through my…

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  • Married with Children

    Dena August 7, 2015

    Recently, I stumbled upon the most beautiful post about marriage titled, Intimacy by Luana Holloway. The post starts off: Sometimes I lose my way to you in the day when everything we have created lies between us, the most beautiful obstacles. How lovely? How poignant?…

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  • Childhood Play

    Dena June 18, 2015

    Some of my very best memories from childhood were long days spent playing outside in nature. I was always blessed to live within a short walk to some type of woods. For awhile we lived right on a big forest and when we later moved,…

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  • Eleven-Month-Old Roman James

    Dena April 9, 2014

    Oh my sweet, little Roman. The past few weeks I’ve been looking at you and thinking — you are not a baby anymore, you are becoming a little boy. Last week you took your first step and since then you’ve taken a few more. You…

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  • Ten-Month-Old Roman James

    Dena March 7, 2014

    A couple of weeks after Roman was born, we received a gift — a large picture frame containing twelve circles, one for each month of baby’s 1st year. At the time, that frame seemed irrelevant to us. Twelve months — ONE YEAR! — it will…

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  • Nine-Month-Old-Roman-James

    Dena February 7, 2014

    I can’t believe it. I know, I know. I say that every month. But nine months is a big one, a really big one. It marks the point at which my baby has been outside of my body for longer than he was inside of…

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  • Eight-Month-Old Roman James

    Dena January 7, 2014

    The months are flying by now. It feels like I just did our seven-month post, and here we are at eight. I suppose that’s how it goes. Sigh. There are two big changes of late and they both begin with the letter A — activity…

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  • Seven-Month-Old Roman James

    Dena December 9, 2013

    What a difference a month makes! The differences in Roman’s abilities from six-months to seven-months have been the most profound yet. On December 1st, he started sitting up on his own. On December 7th, he started pushing himself up into a “crawl” position. And the…

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  • Six-Month-Old Roman James

    Dena November 7, 2013

    “Promise me you’ll always remember: you are braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” –Christopher Robin to Pooh Bear My baby boy is six-months-old. We are halfway to a year. It’s crazy & it’s beautiful. The past month…

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