Adriel Booker I Still Belong 2017-10-25T06:13:41Z http://adrielbooker.com/feed/atom/ WordPress Adriel Booker http://adrielbooker.com <![CDATA[Faith like a child: Allora’s story of childhood cancer]]> http://adrielbooker.com/?p=7533 2017-10-01T00:38:12Z 2017-10-01T00:25:06Z Guest post by Chandler Jo Santiago It’s Friday, so we are dreaming of the beach while she gets a chemo infusion. Allora reminds me regularly that she does not have cancer any longer. “I have chemo, Mama, not cancer.” When I look at her journey from that perspective, my heart wells up with gratitude. Gratitude […]

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Adriel Booker http://adrielbooker.com <![CDATA[Three Ways to Care for a Friend with Cancer]]> http://adrielbooker.com/?p=7516 2017-09-15T23:51:18Z 2017-09-15T23:48:06Z Guest Post by Marissa Henley Has this ever happened to you? Your phone buzzes, and you look down to see a call from a friend who’s expecting biopsy results. The minute you hear her voice, you know: it’s cancer. As you process your shock, sadness, and fear, you wonder how you should walk this road […]

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Adriel Booker http://adrielbooker.com <![CDATA[Sharing Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infertility Stories to Help and Heal after Pregnancy Loss]]> http://adrielbooker.com/?p=7470 2017-08-20T23:49:13Z 2017-08-16T23:01:50Z After my first miscarriage, I scoured the internet to find miscarriage stories. I needed to know my pain was valid, my grief was warranted, and that I wasn’t alone. I often say that I devoured stories like medication in those early days—somehow they helped heal me as I absorbed them into my broken heart and […]

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Adriel Booker http://adrielbooker.com <![CDATA[Care package and gift ideas for a friend after miscarriage]]> http://adrielbooker.com/?p=7457 2017-09-22T06:52:56Z 2017-08-10T02:29:00Z The fact that you’re here means you’ve probably googled for clues on how to help your friend after a heartbreaking miscarriage or other form of pregnancy loss such as stillbirth, ectopic pregnancy, etc. I’m sorry. There’s no other way to say it other than: this is hard. Thank you for putting aside your own discomfort, awkwardness, […]

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Adriel Booker http://adrielbooker.com <![CDATA[A (photo) birth story: Mine and hers]]> http://adrielbooker.com/?p=7329 2017-08-11T12:41:40Z 2017-05-10T14:21:27Z Strength and dignity—she is tender, she is fierce One woman every minute dies in childbirth*. I am not her. You’re not either. But every “her” has a name. She’s built with strength and dignity. She’s woven together by the Creative One—all beauty and resiliency, determination and vulnerability. She is tender; she is fierce. She is […]

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Adriel Booker http://adrielbooker.com <![CDATA[Mothers Day for the rest of us (and how to help a mom who’s hurting)]]> http://adrielbooker.com/?p=5881 2017-05-12T06:46:26Z 2017-05-08T07:29:26Z (Originally published on May 10, 2014) To be entirely honest, I miss the “innocence” of Mother’s Day that I used to know. I’m all too aware that not all women fit neatly into the “Mother Box”, and that for some, Mother’s Day is incredibly hard – a time of mourning even. For some, it’s a time […]

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Adriel Booker http://adrielbooker.com <![CDATA[Knowing her name changes everything: 2017 Love A Mama Mother’s Day Drive and Midwifery Scholarship]]> http://adrielbooker.com/?p=7309 2017-04-30T23:45:38Z 2017-04-30T23:45:38Z When I saw with my own eyes a woman giving birth in the mud in Papua New Guinea it changed me. I knew the statistics—that one woman dies in childbirth every moment—but I didn’t know their names. Knowing her name, Bokoro, altered everything for me. Related: Read Bokoro’s story (photos taken with permission) I would never […]

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Adriel Booker http://adrielbooker.com <![CDATA[Motherhood looks beautiful on you: Thoughts on our postpartum bodies]]> http://adrielbooker.com/?p=7289 2017-08-11T12:41:59Z 2017-04-19T22:54:46Z   She was at my door trying to sell me one of those dinner box services. Believe me, I would sign up if we could afford such things. Brilliant concept. With a baby on my hip and a polite “no thank you” on my lips, she turned the conversation to Micah. “How old is he?” […]

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Adriel Booker http://adrielbooker.com <![CDATA[Dear baby (four years after miscarriage),]]> http://adrielbooker.com/?p=7278 2017-04-27T15:29:02Z 2017-04-04T05:27:29Z Dear Scarlett, It’s been four years since I was wheeled down the hallway under obnoxious fluorescent lighting by the insensitive surgeon and the nurse with kind eyes. I was thankful to be put under for the procedure, like a child pinching her nose to take a dreaded bite of peas. (Maybe losing you wouldn’t hurt […]

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Adriel Booker http://adrielbooker.com <![CDATA[Think you might be a writer, too? (On becoming a writer, Part II & III)]]> http://adrielbooker.com/?p=7260 2017-03-16T01:44:14Z 2017-03-15T04:50:48Z Is your heart stirred to write? Want to develop your craft? You don't have to do it alone! Here are some tips, resources, and inspiration for pursuing the writing life.

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