She’s 8! ~ And a homebirth transport story

She’s 10 today! I first published the story of Anna’s birth on her 8th birthday, 2 years ago. Today she’s 10 and in honor of double digits, I’m re-running the story of Anna’s Home Birth Day!

I have never blogged Anna’s birth story before. It’s a hard, touchy subject for me. But here it is, nonetheless…

Anna’s Home Birth Day and Transport Story

Anna was born at our home in Colorado Springs – a planned homebirth. But like so much in life, her birth did not go as planned. My husband was active duty Air Force when I got pregnant. My option was to birth at the Army hospital 35 minutes south of our house. They had a CNM, but no water options: no tub, and they barely allowed women in the shower. I read book after book after I got pregnant and became increasingly suspicious about the institutionalized American birth machine. Books like The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer,  Birthing from Within by Pam England, and Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin, andBorn in the USA: How a Broken Maternity System Must Be Fixed to Put Women and Children First by Marsden Wagner convinced me that I did not want to have my baby in an Army hospital {no offense, Army friends…}

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Choosing Chicken Breeds for the Beginner

We weren’t able to have chickens in town, but when we moved into our barn last July, I knew that come spring, I would order chickens. There are so many breeds, so many options to consider that it’s taken me a long time to figure out what to do. I’ve done a lot of research, talked to a bunch of people, watched a bunch of chickens in action, and I’m ready to report – I made my first ever chicken order!

Here’s how I went about

Beginner's Guide to Choosing Chickens

Choosing Chicken Breeds for the Beginner

1. I watched chickens in action. We visited friends in Georgia and New York, and a few locally too, who have chickens. No, we didn’t drive to Georgia and New York just to see their chickens, but they were certainly an added bonus.  I loved watching their chickens in action. The free range chickens are so funny. Did you know they roost in trees?? I never knew that. Seeing those chickens roost in trees was so awesome and cemented my desire for old, heirloom breeds, breeds that haven’t had being a chicken bred out of them for the sake of production.

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Weekly Menu / Freezer Cooking Plan

The big hits from last week’s menu were Swedish Meatballs and Chicken Marsala. If you’d like links to those recipes, head over to last week’s post and click on through – they were really delicious and I’ve got two bags of Swedish Meatballs in my freezer I can’t wait to eat up! This week, my mom is here taking care of my kids.

weekly menu freezer cooking plan - links to breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes

Dan and I have our spring meeting with our remodeling peer group, The Rhinos, in Nashville this week. Joining this peer group, organized by the National Association of Home Builders, has been the the number one best decision we’ve made as small business owners.  We head to our group members’ home cities and learn all about their businesses, best building practices, and the behind the scenes mumbo jumbo of owning a remodeling / home building business.

Our twice a year meetings are fabulous for helping us grow our own business and I really enjoy the opportunities to travel without the kids. {I love my kids, but…} We always head to fun destinations {last spring we went to the Thermador Test Kitchens in Irvine, Ca}, eat wonderful food, drink lots of wine, and come back both overwhelmed and refreshed at the same time. I count my lucky stars that my mom takes care of my kids each time we’re gone.

This menu is for her. She’ll be cooking from Tuesday to Saturday while I enjoy food cooked by someone else at the most delicious restaurants in Nashville. :D

Here’s my weekly menu / freezer cooking plan:

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