Category: Children

Lessons from a Kansas graveyard: What a 1903 outbreak of diphtheria can teach us today

Lessons from a Kansas graveyard: What a 1903 outbreak of diphtheria can teach us today

There is a huge debate in our country about vaccinations. I don’t think we would if we saw first-hand what devastations these diseases cause. I just hope and pray that it doesn’t take an outbreak and large casualties before people wake up.

Diana Staresinic-Deane

In a shady corner of St. Mary’s Cemetery, a curious collection of little headstones, all of the same size and age, surround a large hooded monument. Unassuming and unadorned, the large family headstone does not prepare you for what you will read. This little cemetery just south of Hartford, Kansas is the final resting place for the “Children of James & Anna O’Marra,” eight of whom died in 1903.

James and Anna O’Marra and their nine children, ranging in age from six months to 21 years, lived seven miles south of Hartford. Their family was in mourning for James’ brother John, who had died of pneumonia on March 30, 1903. The newspapers are not clear as to exactly what happened next, but John O’Marra’s funeral may be a clue, as family members from outside the area came to Lyon County to pay their respects.

According to the Neosho Valley Times

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Natural Childbirth. I NEVER want to do that again.

There seems to be a movement back towards a more natural lifestyle.  Natural foods raised organically, non-genetically modified foods, essential oils instead of antibiotics.  There has even been a movement back towards medication-free child birthing because it is more "natural."  Well, I've had a delivery with an epidural, and then one without.  And let me … Continue reading Natural Childbirth. I NEVER want to do that again.

I just wanted to go to Target.

Getting anywhere on time is impossible.  Let me rephrase.  Getting anywhere is impossible.  Anyone else feel the same?  I see moms walk into library programs late looking a little frazzled.  I hope that they don't think that there is any judgement in my eyes because I get it.  In order to get somewhere I typically … Continue reading I just wanted to go to Target.

45 Simple Things that Make my Children Smile

It has been awhile (about a year!) since I blogged.  I stopped writing since I wasn't feeling the best - I had "morning sickness" all day long.  And then I just got lazy. 🙂 We welcomed our newest addition to our family on 12-12-2012, a joyous occasion!  Josephine is a sweet and easy-going baby, though … Continue reading 45 Simple Things that Make my Children Smile

My love/hate relationship with parenting books

I have a love/hate relationship with parenting books.  I love them because when I pick one up I am hopeful it will hold the solution to whatever problem I am facing at the moment that seems so overwhelming.  And I despise them because they have a way of making you feel like a failure when … Continue reading My love/hate relationship with parenting books