Monday, November 19, 2012

umi sling giveaway winner!

Kara E., you're the winner of the Umi Sling! Congratulations!

Thank you to everyone for the enthusiastic responses and positive feedback. I've already had slings donated by you and Adriel's generous readers, and I look forward to growing this business and supporting Project Baby Bilum.

Just your support and awareness is already making a difference - thank you. We may be small, but we're doing big things.

Also...Christmas, Hanukkah, and the holidays are around the corner! 

If you're looking for a creative gift to give to a mama friend or a loved one, consider gifting a ring sling to Project Baby Bilum in their name! I will send you a notecard by mail that you can mail or give to them, too! Visit and click the "give a sling" listing.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

just write: to build an altar

Today I had one of those "stand still and remember" moments - you know that moment in time when all your senses come together in a rush and the world feels like the beautiful and wondrous place it is, even if only for a moment?

There's that time of day, usually right before the sun sets and the darkness descends, when it feels like life and everything in it for a brief moment becomes four-dimensional: length, breadth, and depth + time. You can hear and see the littlest details, like the flock of migrating birds free-falling and free-wheeling over the 405 bridge, the lights turning on in the apartment on the fourteenth floor, and the smells of restaurant dinners, car exhaust, and decaying leaves all mingling together to become a symphony of sensation, August Rush-style.

This moment caught me while we were on our daily walk. When it's not raining, we run outside for an hour or more of fresh air. We make our way northwest, over to the library on 23rd or the park at Chapman school, or south, up in the Pearl to roll into Whole Foods for a loaf of fresh sourdough or some item left off the grocery list.

Today we were out later than usual, and it was fully dusk at 4:30 pm. The girls sat snug in their stroller, their layers are growing thicker as winter makes its way into the Northwest, and most people on the street coo, "Twins!" and Ruthie waves with her tiny gloved hand. Today they have their new mittens and hats on, found in a second-hand clothing shop that is so good that it makes me swear to never buy brand new again.

My mind wanders in the grandness of this moment, as I sense change coming for us in so many areas. A new business is launching for the both of us, the girls are full-blown toddlers and walking (well, one is, but her sister won't be far behind), and there is a possible move to a house! on the horizon. All good things. But these things, happening right now, will never be exactly the same again, they will never be just like this moment.

I pause to take in the view of the park that has been our "backyard" for the past year and a half. It's built on a piece of reclaimed wasteland and used to be an old tannery, back in the days of early pioneering Portland, in the time of the shanghai tunnels and fur trading and the gold rush.

I think that's why I love this little place, find history fascinating - it cultivates a spirit of remembrance, of those who came before me and their hustling and bustling lives that mirror my own in only a few small ways, yet inwardly we are probably all the same. I take my place as a tiny cog in this Divine machine, acknowledge my place as a quick brushstroke in the Master's painting, called Beautiful.

I snap out of it and we move on, my pace picks up to get us home before dark and to start the dinner-bath-bed routine. The feeling leaves quicker than it came, but I sit down tonight, when all is quiet, to honor that moment, to build an altar with my words and remember.

Just write. Join in!


Monday, November 12, 2012

Umi Sling Giveaway!

 Remember Umi?

Women all over the world are coming together to help her and others like her. She touches something in us that makes us feel the injustice of this broken world - and there is nothing more striking than seeing it affect children. Every time I see her face, I just think about her and what if it were my own daughters who were slowly starving to death?

It's a heavy topic, but it's one that my heart can't afford to shy away from.

That's why I started the Umi Sling project, and for every sling that I sell, I also give one to Project Baby Bilum. Adriel Booker of The Mommyhood Memos completely inspires me, and through her efforts and the gifts of all her other wonderful readers who are donating slings, we're hoping to help these women and children in rural Papua New Guinea by giving them a simple and practical way to improve the health of their families.

Will it work? We don't know. But we're willing to try.

So, Adriel and I are hosting our first giveaway to raise awareness AND to give a sling to one you, just in time for Christmas!

Visit Adriel's blog, then the Umi Sling shop and let us know what sling patten you'd choose by leaving a comment here or at The Mommyhood Memos. Then, enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Something else I'm excited about: You can also give an Umi Sling in the name of a loved on this holiday season! For $25, we'll make an extra sling and send it with the others bound for the Spring 2013 Papua New Guinea trip. I'll also send the recipient a pretty card letting them know you gave this practical gift in their name!

Visit the Umi Sling Shop to find out more! 


Friday, November 9, 2012

breastfeeding interview @ leave the laundry for later


I know you've been troopers and hung in there with me while I did the 31 Days of Making More Milk, and I'm so happy you did.

But, you WON'T want to miss this interview over at Jenni's blog, Leave the Laundry for Later. I did the interview before the 31 Days series, and it's all about our story and the challenges and successes the three of us faced in our (continuing) breastfeeding relationship. You'll especially find it helpful it you have twins...or preemies...or used nipple shields...

I haven't done a personal breastfeeding update in a while, so this will serve as a good replacement.

I'm also giving away a copy of More Milk, Naturally!

Check it out! 

Oh, and check out Jenni's other amazing blog, A Well-Crafted Party. She is an IRL friend and I admire her and the amount of work she gets done on a daily basis, plus being an awesome mama to her son, Xander. I want to be Jenni when I grow up! :)