Memoir & Poetry

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A Letter to My Three Year Old Son

by Charise Rohm Nulsen

Dear Big Brother, You are three years old now, and I just can’t believe it. I have clear memories of being three, and it is amazing to me that my beautiful, beloved boy and firstborn child is now of an age that I can remember being. This last year was a big one for you […]

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A Letter to My One Year Old Daughter

by Charise Rohm Nulsen

Dear Little Sister, Although part of me is amazed that you are now officially a one year old, I also feel like you’ve been one for quite a while. Since you were a newborn, and even through your beautiful birthing process, it’s been clear to me that you have an inborn wisdom and confidence in […]

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This is the post I’ve been mentally writing since my second baby’s birth!

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A Poem for My Baby Girl

by Charise Rohm Nulsen

Mama’s poem for her baby girl

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A love letter for my sweet baby girl

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Welcome to the June 2012 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Embracing Your Birth Experience This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have written about at least one part of their birth experience that they can hold up and […]

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This post was originally published on Natural Parents Network in May 2011. After a night of contractions and anticipating our second baby’s arrival, I’m thinking back to how we welcomed Baby into our family at large in October of 2010. A couple of years ago after experiencing a great tragedy in our family, I was […]

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This is a group giveaway with Hobo Mama, Living Peacefully With Children, Authentic Parenting, Up, Down & Natural, Code Name: Mama, Positive Parenting Connection, and I Thought I Knew Mama. Please enter at one site only. Find the section marked “Win it!” for the mandatory entry and optional bonus entries. In honor of April’s National […]

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Happy New Year! January 3rd, 2012 marks my one year anniversary of blogging, and what a year it has been! According to Google Analytics, here are my top posts from 2011. I hope you enjoy revisiting a few of them or catching up on posts you may have missed. This blog is way better than […]

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How Losing My Job Changed My Life

by Charise Rohm Nulsen

This is an expanded version of a post published several months ago. My ample midsection cramped up as I stood tapping my foot distractedly outside of a once welcoming room – a room that now held my fate. I tried to ignore the contractions that gently rocked me from the inside out and focus on […]

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My Greatest Accomplishment

by Charise Rohm Nulsen

RememberRED is a memoir meme. This week’s assignment was to tell the story, without any trivialization or modesty, of something in your life that you are proud of. I will immodestly state that I believe I have achieved many accomplishments throughout my thirtysomething years that engender pride, but when faced with the question of choosing […]

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How Getting Laid Off Changed My Life

by Charise Rohm Nulsen

My ample midsection cramped up as I stood tapping my foot distractedly outside of a once welcoming room – a room that now held my fate. I tried to ignore the contractions that gently rocked me from the inside out and focus on presenting a confident countenance that would be worthy of hearing the words […]

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Welcome to the IF We Believe! Blog Carnival!In honor of National Infertility Awareness Week! This post was written for inclusion in the monthly IF We Believe! Blog Carnival hosted by Arpita of Up, Down & Natural.Scroll to the bottom of this post for a list of other wonderfully brave mama’s who participate in this Carnival, […]

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A Poem for Baby’s 10 Month Birthday

by Charise Rohm Nulsen

April is National Poetry Month and the month of the Poem a Day Challenge, and I’m celebrating by writing poems in my head while I nurse Baby in the middle of the night! You, unknowing yet wise, diminutive yet full of heart, have done for me what I have spent a lifetime trying to do […]

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April is National Poetry Month and the month of the Poem a Day Challenge, and I’m celebrating by writing poems in my head while I nurse Baby in the middle of the night! Sometimes I think you would crawl right inside of my heart, if you could. Pudgy baby hands grip and devour long hair […]

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This post is in response to the RemembeRED memoir prompt: Describe a time of forgiveness in your life. “What if something is wrong??” I forgive my intuition for hijacking this short lived pregnancy. The stark chill of SILENCE. I forgive the ultrasound technician for avoiding my gaze and not answering my questions as she passed […]

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My True Self: An Illustration

by Charise Rohm Nulsen

This post is in response to the following The Red Dress Club RemembeRED prompt: Imagine you are meeting someone for the first time. You want to tell them about yourself. Instead of reciting a laundry list of what you do or where you’re from, please give us a scene from your life that best illustrates […]

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In Loving Memory

by Charise Rohm Nulsen

This post is in response to the memoir prompt from The Red Dress Club which asked us to write about a memory, to really mine it and write about what the memory meant to us. It was a cool, grayish day at Jones Beach in October 2009. My family and I were attending The 1st […]

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In This Moment: A Memoir of 5 Minutes

by Charise Rohm Nulsen

This post is linked up with the Red Dress Club’s memoir prompt, which asked: “imagine that after you have died and your daughter/son will be given the gift of seeing a single five-minute period of your life through your eyes, feeling and experiencing those moments as you did when they occurred. What five minutes would […]

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