I am a mother, runner, wife, editor, and writer. My work has appeared in The New York Times, Parents, Parenting, Runner's World and many other publications over the years. I also make a mean margarita and run races (everything from 5ks to marathons).
I live outside of New York City with my husband, two kids (Sam, 6, and Alan, 4), a corpulent cat and a chihuahua with emotional issues.
The disappearance of young Utah mother of two Susan Powell riveted the nation back in 2009. The sordid details of father-in-law Steven Powell's obsession with his daughter-in-law, husband Josh Powell's horrifying decision to murder their two young sons, and brother-in-law Michael Powell's suicide last February have left the case cold and impossible to solve. Police have opened the book on it after all these years and some of the details will chill the blood.
The case was more convoluted and sick than most of us can imagine. Poor Susan Powell lived under nearly constant threat from her father-in-law's sick obsession. He took photos of her without her knowledge and consent and pasted photos of her head on nude women that he would use to masturbate. She was trying to raise her two young sons in this house of horrors.
The initial death toll for the devastating two-mile-wide tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma for a shocking 40 minutes Monday afternoon, is presumed to be 24, lower than previous counts from last night that had it as high as 91. Though it might continue to climb, at least some of the dead are children. It's an absolute nightmare scenario, a tragedy beyond any kind of comprehension.
The state's medical examiner's office said the office anticipates 40 more deaths from Monday's twister. This isn't a movie. This is real life. It's possibly the worst tornado in history and is coming on the heels of so many tragedies in the past few months, it's almost impossible to process.
For those in the path of the storm, things were fine one minute, and 10 minutes later, everything was destroyed. It's the kind of thing that makes you ask why? Why do things like this happen? There is no explanation.
A suburb of Oklahoma City has been leveled by what appears to be a massive tornado that some are calling the most destructive in the history of the world. Yes, seriously. The terrifying storm struck just south of the city on Monday afternoon, ripping apart homes and other buildings, including at least one elementary school.
The National Weather Service issued a tornado emergency, which is apparently unusual even for this part of the Midwest. It indicates that widespread damage and fatalities were likely. The images from the scene are horrifying, and one news anchor said it was the "biggest destructive tornado in the history of the world."
Terrifying doesn't even begin to cut it. Here is what we know so far:
Admitting that you have a gender preference when you are going for a baby is one of those crazy taboos that few people are willing to cop to. After all, some people say you ought to be grateful just to have ANY healthy baby. Of course we will, but some of us can't help but have SOME preference. Perhaps we already have two of one and are going for the third to get that other sex. Or maybe we want our kid to have a same (or opposite) sex sibling.
Whatever the reason, we have every right to wish and hope, and there is science that backs up the idea that we can actually have our way. Here are 6 different methods of choosing which sex you get during conception. Let us know if they work for you! See below:
Last week, my mother-in-law died suddenly of a heart attack in her sleep on Mother's Day. There are no words for the grief and shock and pain this sent through our family as we rushed to pack all of our things and start the 10-hour drive back to my husband's hometown to be with his family and friends.
As we loaded our 6-year-old daughter and nearly 5-year-old son into the car, we had many questions about what they understood and didn't understand. Our daughter immediately cried and seemed to understand while our son reacted with more shock and some silly behavior. He didn't seem to get it.
When we arrived late the first night, the children were asleep, and as the family gathered to quietly talk, cry, and pray, we left them out of it.