Planned vs. Unplanned Childhood

Planned vs. Unplanned Childhood

By Brian Ring At times it is necessary for me to remind my older sister that I was the planned child. This is usually in response to her remembering a parental birthday or some other surprising feat of filial devotion. Anyone with a brother or sister will acknowledge...
My Little Poppy

My Little Poppy

I remember the feeling… wanting to start trying but not knowing how long it would take, what it would mean for me, our relationship, and our future. We had been married just over a year and we figured; why not see what happens? We aren’t getting any younger and what...
PCOS and my Path to Motherhood

PCOS and my Path to Motherhood

I remember how excited I was when finally, at 13, I got my period for the first time. My mom and her sisters greeted me with such excitement and HUGE smiles when I shared the news in my mom’s kitchen. “Today you are a woman!” they chorused, before giving me gentle...
Planning My Family

Planning My Family

I’m what you would call a planner. I begin every vacation with a jam-packed itinerary, organize my to-do lists by topic and priority, and set one-year, five-year and ten-year goals for myself. So three years into my marriage when we decided it was time to get...
Becoming Parents

Becoming Parents

The beginning of our love story was quite a whirlwind. We met, fell in love, quickly engaged, married soon after- then we put the brakes on it for five years. We built a house, sold a house, moved out of the country – had our adventure and then returned to Texas where...