The Crownobles Abroad

By Rachel Crownoble.

As much as we love life here in California, we're even more in excited with some big changes coming our way. As many of you know, we've had our eyes on the mission field for years, and now the opportunity has finally arrived. We are moving to the Philippines...

A Letter to the Woman Behind the Curtian .... A Birth Story

By Rachel Crownoble.

To the Woman Behind the Curtain,

First of all, I want to apologize. I was later told that, according to the nurses' monitors, our little adventure made your blood pressure soar. Sorry about that.
Secondly, perhaps I should explain to you, that not...

Amileah's Birth Story

By Rachel Crownoble.

Millie's BirthAmileah (Millie) is my second baby, and just a few days ago we celebrated her third birthday. I never understood my parents when they said, "how time flies" until I had my own precious girls. Now I can say with full knowledge: how time flies!

My first...

Book Review: The Vaccine Book

By Rachel Crownoble.

The Vaccine BookI have had an inner battle raging in me for years regarding the issue of when and how to vaccinate my children. It wasn't until recently, when a friend loaned me this book, that I decided to make a peace treaty with myself once and for all. After skimming...

The Birth of Baby Madalynn

By Rachel Crownoble.

Maddie NewbornI am so happy to announce the birth of my third little princess, Madalynn (Maddie) Hannah. She is joined by two older sisters, who love her dearly and smother her with toys, kisses, and hugs every chance they get!

Maddie was born on Feb. 29th (Leap...

Book Review: Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

By Rachel Crownoble.

Ina Mays Guide To ChildbirthI really enjoyed this book! It took me only four days to read it. I admire how relaxed, calm, and easy-going Ina May is about the whole birthing process. I love the fact that she sees birth is a natural venture, something that a woman does, instead...

Abigail's Arrival

By Rachel Crownoble.

Abie BabyAbigail is my first born child, and she will be five years old very soon. I am no longer the parent of an infant, or a toddler, or a preschooler, but now I am a parent of a child. A real child!
And, in case you are wondering, this is a short version...

The Birth of Baby E

By Rachel Crownoble.

DucksBaby E's birth was special, but not because she was born in any special way (let's face it, she arrived in the same way most other babies come into the world). Baby E's birth was special because she was born to a a mom with breast cancer.

Mama had...

Little Moments: Small Offerings

By Rachel Crownoble.

Box"Mommy, why do have a frown on your face?" my 4-year-old asks me.

"Well, I feel cold, and I am not feeling very well right now..." I might as well be honest.

The Great Mother has fallen.

"I know what will help you not be cold," she responds as she...

A Different Kind of Mommy War

By Rachel Crownoble.

5985104676 We ask: "Should I use cloth diapers or disposable diapers?"
"Pampers or Luvs?"
"Breast milk, formula, or soy formula?"
"Which candles create the best scent to labor by?"

They ask: "Will I survive my next pregnancy?"
"Will my daughter get raped if she...