"Never Give Up" Meet Joe Woodley "I was involved in a long-distance relationship with a young lady from Columbus. We had known each other for quite some time and I had traveled to Columbus numerous occasions. In April of 1998, she called to inform me that she was pregnant. Having grown up with my father not being involved in my life, I wanted to do what I thought was the right thing, and be there for my child. Frankly, I was afraid and I knew that I was ill-prepared to be a father at the time, but that August I boarded a Greyhound bus which departed Grand Central...

 A story of Fighting Blindness "When I was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa at age 14, I was told by my retina specialist that I wouldn’t have trouble with vision until I was “much, much older.” Apparently, late 20’s was “older.” At 28 years old, I started noticing that I couldn’t see my 6-month-old daughter’s face very well. If I stared at her eyes, I couldn’t see her nose, let alone the rest of her body. I then started realizing that if I looked at my mom on the couch, I couldn’t see my dad sitting directly next to her. I was missing handshakes, curbs, and wet...

A Story of Grief @jessfpetersen "I am a married mom of three kids - Sadie, Colin and Elise. My husband Brian and I have been married for 11 years, but have known each other since we were kids. I work in media relations for Lifeline of Ohio and consider it a privilege to work in the field of organ, eye and tissue donation. I am also the #1 Button Artist in the state of Ohio...

Part I: Memories A memory happens, and -blink- it's gone. It becomes just that, a memory. We all say we will remember and treasure those small moments, but let's be honest, how many small moments do you truly remember? How many times do you tell yourself you wish you would have written something down or documented it somehow? I'm guilty, and wish I could turn back time to record so many of those precious milestones. Courtney knew there were people just like me and she wanted to help them document their lives with photography and writing-not only for them, but for the people who will follow. "Memories and...

"With parenting, we never want our kids to grow up, but it's this inevitable part of the process." The truth of that statement is what helped to inspire the naming of the shop Never Grow Up Boutique.  That and, Andrea's daughter's obsession with Peter Pan Live.   They would watch it on rerun. Her mother-in-law even loves TinkerBell!  It just magically fell into place. Andrea created Never Grow Up Boutique as a store dedicated to providing families with modern, natural, eco-friendly, and chemical free products to guide family life with ease.  They actually just had their grand opening last month!  So, it's safe to say that Andrea has been very busy.  But, how did this all fall into place? Well,...

Who would have thought that three little lines could be so life changing? The result window on my pregnancy test showed a total of three lines, the plus sign being the most significant. My husband was in the bathroom with me that night, per my request. And as nervous as I was, he was excited to see what the results would show. I had a little reservation, as we have three children between us, and my incredible husband sacrifices a great deal of time from home to be able to provide for us. In short, I am home with the kids and he has to be...

Catie Mehl is one of the owners of Columbus Birth & Parenting, a business dedicated to providing the utmost care, support, and guidance to families (and each individual within that family) through the journey of parenthood. For the month of November we are focusing on adoption. The process---the feelings---the different perspectives---and, of course, the stories. Columbus Birth & Parenting (CBP) is one of our sponsors for the month, not only because they have a personal connection to the topic of adoption, but also because they're educational experts while providing non-judgmental support and concrete direction. So, maybe you're expecting parents, or maybe you're an adoptee, either way Catie and Leah...

I found my face getting heavier. It was becoming difficult to lift the corners of my mouth into a smile. It had been too long since I’d laughed, or really had fun. So, the weekend came and we did our usual “What do you want to do today?”  We opted for the park, to let the kids run off some steam and somewhere in the midst of that typical monotony, I found my smile. I’m the type of mom who usually sits on the sidelines watching the kids. It seems the more energy they have, the less I do. Until I see the youngest teetering toward the...