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We walked out of the hospital emptyhanded. In December 2010, we discovered that our son Carter had never developed kidneys—a diagnosis that at the time offered zero hope of survival. His tiny body would not be able to sustain life after birth. We were devastated, but pregnancy became our time with him. For seven weeks,[…]

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Our sons were born only a couple weeks apart. When our families got together, conversation naturally revolved around our boys. We’d talk about all the developments they’d made over the last week—sleep patterns, poops, poundage, first words. You get the picture. Typical new-parent talk. I’d smile as the other mom shared about how her son[…]

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I’ve killed every plant I’ve ever owned. Last winter, my sister-in-law graciously gifted me succulents—plants that theoretically take care of themselves. They didn’t make it to summer. Currently, once-beautiful tulips sit wilting by my kitchen sink. I love the idea of plants. I love how they create a warm, inviting atmosphere in our home. I[…]

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