Pregnant? Yes There is Hope for You

Hope is like a beckoning light on a dark day—it’s what gives us to courage to keep pushing forward against life’s obstacles. But sometimes obstacles—like an unexpected pregnancy—loom so large that they block the light of hope. We grow fearful and discouraged, and we stop pursuing our dreams. We give up. Even though hope is […]

Unexpected Pregnancy: Hard Time to be Thankful?

Thankfulness may be the last thing on your mind when you encounter an unexpected pregnancy. But gratitude may be exactly what’s needed to help you move through this experience in ways that bring you joy and hope. Don’t believe it’s possible? Read on. Why be Thankful? Research shows that when we’re stressed, gratitude can help […]

Will Adoption Be a Chapter in Your Pregnancy Story?

People like stories that sound real. Stories where good things are mixed in with the bad things. We especially like stories that start out risky or dark and end up in a happy, surprising place. These feel like stories that matter. That’s why it matters what you write into your story of unexpected pregnancy. Because […]

Finding Support in Pregnancy or Infant Loss

The loss of a child—whether through miscarriage, infant death, or abortion—can be an emotionally dark time. Grieving parents respond in different ways, too. Some want to keep their child’s life in view at all times, while others want to tuck the memories away where few people can see them. There is no one right way […]

Have Fun While Helping Families? Why not?

There’s something deeply satisfying about helping strengthen families in the Redwood Falls community, isn’t there? It brings the kind of joy that goes with the holiday season this time of year. It makes us feel like celebrating! Parents are learning to be better moms and dads. Children are feeling comfy and secure when needs for […]

5 Powerful Questions That Can Change Your Life

It happens to all of us. We do the same thing today that we did yesterday. And we don’t like how it turns out today any more than we liked it yesterday. Then tomorrow comes, and we do it all over again. Sometimes the “it” we do is how we handle relationships. Sometimes “it” is […]

How to Quit Following the Crowd and Enjoy Sexual Integrity

Following the crowd has become something of a national pastime. For image-sensitive high school students it can be an obsession. The crowd tweets something and we retweet it. (Even if we’ve never checked to see if it’s actually true.) The crowd starts a fashion trend and we feel we’d better wear it too. We want […]

Feeling Stuck? Your Life Coach Can Help

Finding out you’re pregnant can reveal a whole lot of things. . . . a weakness in your romantic relationship. . . .the downside of some lifestyle choices. . . . the feeling you’re stuck in a rut. And you want out. But how can you change your life’s direction? We Get By With a […]

How to Support Breastfeeding Mothers You Know

Even though breastfeeding is one of the best things mothers can do for their babies, many moms find it hard to continue doing it. They often give up long before they want to. The reason? They don’t have enough support. This year’s focus for National Breastfeeding Month is “Support Changes Everything”—a theme that resonates with […]

Will This Pregnancy Ruin My Plans?

Life is full of surprises. Pregnancy may be one of them. But pregnancy doesn’t need to ruin all your plans. Let’s talk about ways to stay on track even when pregnancy catches you by surprise. Will pregnancy make me drop out of school? No. Whether you’re in high school or college, you don’t have to […]