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A Beautiful Death: Saying Goodbye to a Beloved Pet
Living with an elderly pet is like playing a game of Jenga. As each player removes a block from the tower and stacks it on top, the entire structure starts to sway. Each move makes the tower more unsteady. After Read more.
Växtförsäljning’s Christmas Market Review
Don’t try to say “växtförsäljning” three times fast unless you are from a Scandinavian country or unless you want a tongue twister challenge. Växtförsäljning translates simply into “plant nursery” and our local nursery sells wonderful plants, bushes, and trees during Read more.
The Laughter Keeps the Crazy at Bay
It’s the head-thrown-back-uninhibited laughter that I’ll miss. The giggles and the demands for more tickles. “Go…[giggle]…stop…[giggle]…go…stop…go…stop…” We play this game every day. They are the best minutes strung in a sequence that I can imagine. We can’t play it for Read more.
Dragon Skulls, Fairies, and Trolls at Wira Bruk’s Christmas Market
Wira Bruk is an old iron works village that was active back in the heyday of Sweden’s superpower era when they were cranking out weaponry as fast as they could. It’s the site where the King’s weapons (read: swords) and Read more.
Visiting the Christmas Markets in Sweden
It is Christmas Market (Julmarknad) season in Europe and Sweden has some of the most darling Christmas markets. Glögg (mulled wine), reindeer meat, and candles on evergreen trees are all part and parcel of a good Swedish Christmas market. Kickstarting Read more.
Creating Kiddo Story Time—Improvisation at Its Best
I sat down with my son, Calvin, to ask him a few questions about his new school and find out what he likes most and least about living in Sweden. His answers surprised me a bit! After we finished the Read more.
Beautiful chaos.That’s what this is.Motherhood.Fatherhood.Parenting.Messy and exhausting it’s notSupposed to be orderly.It’s not supposed to make sense. We establish routines for normalcySo the children know what to expect But in the endAnd we all follow the routines like a religion.Bath, Read more.
Celebrating the Tired, the Hopeful, and the Dedicated Midwives
“Midwives? What is this, the 1400s? Do I have a feudal master to whom I pay monthly tithes in grain?” To say the least, my husband was unenlightened when it came to childbirth practices. He has since come a Read more.
Unmedicated and Unplanned Birth Story on Motherbirth’s Podcast
I had the pleasure of speaking at length with Mellisa and Laura on Motherbirth’s podcast and describing my somewhat unusual birth story that other women have also experienced with Hypnobabies (aff). It is incredible to think that more and more mothers Read more.
What Americans Living Abroad Should Do After the Equifax Data Breach
What to do after the Equifax data breach? If you’re an American living abroad you have already gone through trials and tribulations trying to manage bank accounts, taxes, passports, birth certificates, marriage certificates, and the other ridiculous logistical bureaucratic steps Read more.