the jennifer parade

the jennifer parade

I’ll give you a slow dance for fried okra & a stack of books.

Up: Getting a small note in the mail from my MIL (she was sending something else and had attached the note) that said “please take care of yourself right now. And thanks for being such a good wife and good mother to Daniel and Drew.”

Down: My right thumb isn’t recognized by my iPhone 9/10 times I try to swipe across it. I don’t mean my thumbprint - I mean the phone doesn’t even recognize my thumb as something with which you could swipe.

Up: I get to have one last ultrasound tomorrow (I am assuming this is my last one unless my doctor deems another is necessary) before the baby is born. Babies always look creepy in ultrasounds but it is comforting to see all her parts and movement and be reminded that, holy shit, this is happening.

Down: Hearing dripping from the laundry room ceiling while my son is taking a bath. UNDO.

We’re not super into sports in our family which may explain why my son is getting frustrated with using a plastic sword and leaves to play baseball.

Weekend mornings are simply divine.

Everyone wakes up when their body actually tells them too. We each have our own routines. It’s so peaceful.

Drew wanders through the house sleepily humming a song about pennies, Daniel spreads out into the rest of the bed once he feels me leaving, and I feel the sunlight warming the cold hardwood floors and know that it’s going to be a Blanket Morning.

Don’t ever be ashamed for finding and accepting whatever it is that comforts you and brings you to a healthy, peaceful place. 

Throwback Thursday: Wild-eyed with Mom. And our glorious hair. #tbt
Throwback Thursday: Wild-eyed with Mom. And our glorious hair. #tbt

Throwback Thursday: Wild-eyed with Mom. And our glorious hair. #tbt

Seriously? You make nursing covers and the name of your company is Udder Covers? Ugh.

connor-my-franta:

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"Image Credit: Carol Rossetti

When Brazilian graphic designer Carol Rossetti began posting colorful illustrations of women and their stories to Facebook, she had no idea how popular they would become. 

Thousands of shares throughout the world later, the appeal of Rosetti’s work is clear. Much like the street art phenomenon Stop Telling Women To Smile, Rossetti’s empowering images are the kind you want to post on every street corner, as both a reminder and affirmation of women’s bodily autonomy. 

"It has always bothered me, the world’s attempts to control women’s bodies, behavior and identities," Rossetti told Mic via email. "It’s a kind of oppression so deeply entangled in our culture that most people don’t even see it’s there, and how cruel it can be."

Rossetti’s illustrations touch upon an impressive range of intersectional topics, including LGBTQ identity, body image, ageism, racism, sexism and ableism. Some characters are based on the experiences of friends or her own life, while others draw inspiration from the stories many women have shared across the Internet. 

"I see those situations I portray every day," she wrote. "I lived some of them myself."

Despite quickly garnering thousands of enthusiastic comments and shares on Facebook, the project started as something personal — so personal, in fact, that Rossetti is still figuring out what to call it. For now, the images reside in albums simply titled “WOMEN in english!" or "Mujeres en español!" which is fitting: Rossetti’s illustrations encompass a vast set of experiences that together create a powerful picture of both women’s identity and oppression.

One of the most interesting aspects of the project is the way it has struck such a global chord. Rossetti originally wrote the text of the illustrations in Portuguese, and then worked with an Australian woman to translate them to English. A group of Israeli feminists also took it upon themselves to create versions of the illustrations in Hebrew. Now, more people have reached out to Rossetti through Facebook and offered to translate her work into even more languages. Next on the docket? Spanish, Russian, German and Lithuanian.

It’s an inspiring show of global solidarity, but the message of Rossetti’s art is clear in any language. Above all, her images celebrate being true to oneself, respecting others and questioning what society tells us is acceptable or beautiful.

"I can’t change the world by myself," Rossetti said. "But I’d love to know that my work made people review their privileges and be more open to understanding and respecting one another."

From the site: All images courtesy Carol Rossetti and used with permission. You can find more illustrations, as well as more languages, on her Facebook page.

Oooh. I reblogged a partial version of this recently but I didn’t know how many more there were! I LOVE these!

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Drew, bedecked in his Halloween costume, just danced through the freshly fallen leaves all the way to the ice cream truck.

This weather is confusing.

Saw your post about the Boyash missions thing. I would suggest donating to one of the many other Romani foundations, or encouraging your friend to volunteer with them. As a fellow former christian, and as a Roma man, the last thing we need is to abused by the church yet again. Trust your heart on this one.

Thank you SO much for taking the time to reply. It really means a lot to me. 

earlier...

Me: Drew, you really need to get out of bed now.
Drew: (in a fake grown up voice) QUIET WOMAN. I HAVE SOME SERIOUS CATCHING UP ON SLEEP TO DO.