Author Archives: Carolyn Nelson

About Carolyn Nelson

Just trying to spread a little grace. I am in love with 4 boys (married to one, mother to three), and I think you're stinkin' awesome.

Cowardice and Confidence / Pulling Weeds

Flip flop. Flip… And…. Flop. My unstable heart is at once cowardly and confident. This synchronous dichotomy just goes to show I have a lot of growing left to do. My fears’ root is the sense that I have to … Continue reading

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I am NOT pregnant / Three choices when your imperfections are called out

“Will this be number three?” “Congratulations!” “How far along are you?” Three joyful comments I have received in the last three weeks from sweet, ignorant passersby. This is what a postpartum body can look like, folks! There are lots of … Continue reading

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When you want to fight, but you have to laugh

Disclosure: I am entering the third trimester. Anything I say cannot be used against me, because I may be hormone crazy. Yesterday, my husband made some thoughtless remarks. He has an exasperating habit of recognizing these tactless moments by absolutely cracking up. … Continue reading

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Advent Doors / He came so he could say

“Christmas is getting CLOSER!” my growing boy exclaims excitedly, gesturing his huge tiny hands to display a decreasing measure. We press open another paper door on his numbered nativity picture calendar. “Baby, do you know what Advent means?” I know … Continue reading

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The Life of Jesus Starring Charlie (2015)

Jesus never sinned. Not even as a three year old. This is difficult for me to imagine. Have you ever seen a film where a character’s mind and body are being controlled by some other force? A magic spell, a … Continue reading

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My Good Fortune / Jase’s birth story

I’m choosing to post Jase’s birth story this week for two reasons: My 9 month old has now lived outside my body roughly as long as he was inside it. And a certain element of his birth could have made … Continue reading

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SALTY / The Mothers’ Room, part 2

After posting my article, The Mother’s Room, on postpartum depression last week, a couple of things happened. ONE. Women reached out to me. They heard me. The related because… well, a lot of people do. In the United States it … Continue reading

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