My husband, Nick, and I both wish we would've had more realistic expectations about what to expect after having kids. We knew sleep would probably be hard to come by but our expectations of our sex life after kids was naive at best. Sex just wasn’t a thing we thought would change all that much.
Wow were we wrong. We hope this two part series can make you laugh, let you know you’re not alone, and give you some tips on how to bring the PDA back to your bedroom.
*Disclaimer: This is an honest read from a happily married couple. This is not an article from a perfectly married couple. We, like everyone else who has committed their life to a partner, struggle with real, deep things. And if you’re related to us, please consider moving on to another blog post.
I strongly disagree with the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy at our borders
As a Christian, I can’t keep passing by opportunities to stand up for those around me. As a Mother and a Foster Mom, it’s impossible for me to see a policy so clearly incur pain on innocent children.
And, lastly, as a conservative, I cannot condone the Republican party’s support of the zero-tolerance policy being a message of deterrence for illegal immigration.
I’m not naïve to the complexities of governmental systems. Our elaborate government branches provide checks and balances to and from different agencies. Getting ‘things done’ in Congress isn’t a cake walk. We, as a people, have serious disagreements as to how we should act as a country that draws illegal immigration at the rate that it does. That’s fine. That’s how democracy works—a beautiful alignment of different opinions striving toward compromise.
I get it. Policies and laws are always more complicated than they seem.
Except when they aren’t.
At the ripe age of as-long-as-I-could-remember, my dad asked big questions and talked to me about big things. My mom recounts me including war torn countries and national tragedies in my nightly prayers because current events were included in our dinner conversations before I even entered school.
Staying in-the-know has been a backdrop of my life since I was little without me even knowing it. I went to journalism school for my undergrad at Arizona State University with very little understanding of the industry I was getting into, but with a strong passion for learning and communicating. It was a no-brainer, really.
So, how does this at all relate to my new normal of work/kids/writing/family/all the things? Well, I didn't just stop being me when I got married, or had kids, or started working on my own clock. I still crave to keep up with current events.
Here's a quick and dirty list of the ways I keep up with our nation and the world's happenings.
Top Headlines from Apple - Morning Coffee
I know the mighty algorithm game is guiding what headlines pop up in my top Apple News but for the sake of at least being aware of the basics before 9a, I take a peek at the morning's top news in my phone. I took a second when I got my phone a few months ago to pick my top sources. I haven't adjusted it yet, but for now it's working just fine. Just swipe right and you're golden, friends.
DHS ISSUES SHOW HOW IMPORTANT CASA's ROLE IS - BY KARRI MIRANDE KARIN HUGHES, LISA ROMAN
CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. The people in your/our community who volunteer in this capacity are sometimes the only voice that a child hears as an advocate for him or her. This article in the Herald & News (Oregonian Paper) gives a great (quick read!) look at the benefits of this system in our courts.
SAMSUNG IS HELPING PREEMIE BABIES BY MAKING INCUBATORS FEEL MORE LIKE THE WOMB: HOW A HEARTBEAT CAN CHANGE TOUGH ODDS - BY GABRIEL BELTRONE
Samsung is back to pull at your heartstrings again, this time with a campaign about premature babies.
The campaign, titled "Voices of Life" and created by Leo Burnett Chicago, features an app that lets a mom record her heartbeat and other soothing sounds. A special speaker in her baby's hospital incubator plays back the audio, which Samsung's technology has muffled to better emulate the in-utero environment.
My sister and I were both born premature so this piece touched close to home. I can't even imagine-- now being a mom-- how much this would've meant to my parents when we were born. What a gift!
THE ONE THING THAT RICH PARENTS DO FOR THEIR KIDS THAT MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE - BY EMILY BADGER
Wealthy parents are famously pouring more and more into their children,widening the gap in who has access to piano lessons and math tutors and French language camp. The biggest investment the rich can make in their kids, though — one with equally profound consequences for the poor — has less to do with "enrichment" than real estate.
They can buy their children pricey homes in nice neighborhoods with good school districts.
A must read. So. Incredibly. True.
INSTAGRAM JUST MADE A HUGE CHANGE - BY CHRISTINA BONNINGTON
Today, you can say goodbye to the Instagram icon you know and love. That's right, Instagram is rolling out a new logo design today. While it takes some cues from its old friendly, familiar camera icon, it has a decidedly different (and much simpler) look.
Decidedly different really = ugly. The logo is ugly. And I'm right about this because even my social media-obsessed 15-year-old sister agrees.