Books that I’ve Read and Recommend

The list is kind of sparse. I’m often too busy daydreaming to read.

Regarding Pregnancy/Birth/Midwifery/Doula(ing? Is Doulaing a word?):

  • “Spiritual Midwifery” by Ina May Gaskin
  • “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” by Toni Weschler
  • “Breastfeeding Your Baby” by Sheila Kitzinger
  • “The Birth Partner” by Penny Simkin

Regarding Christianity:

  • The Bible
  • “The Organic God” by Margaret Feinberg

Regarding Growing Food:

  • “Solviva” by Anna Edey

Regarding Frugality/Consumerism:

  • “Affluenza” by John De Graaf
  • “The Complete Tightwad Gazette” by Amy Dacyczyn


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My name is HausFrau, and I am a stay-at-home mom and homemaker. This means I watch television and eat bon-bons all day long. Just kidding. I only do that on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

I started this blog around my oldest daughter’s second birthday and during our quest to buy a house. It’s been a great creative outlet and stress reliever. It’s much more effective than singing children’s songs over and over and over (and over and over).

I’ve been blogging off and on in different blogs since 2002. During that time I’ve attended and graduated college with a degree in biological sciences. I’ve met and married my dear, sweet, long-suffering Husband. I beseeched him to get a job in Oregon, so he did. Isn’t he great? We moved across the country to the Portland metro area. And lo and behold, while all this was going on, there was a baby in my belly and I didn’t even know it. My daughter (a.k.a. Munchkin) was born in March of 2007.  

Oompa Loompa followed in January of 2010, and Stitch in January of 2013.

I am unabashedly Crunchy. I am unabashedly Christian. No, that is not an oxymoron.

My parenting style is most like attachment parenting. We did the whole co-sleeping, extended on-demand breastfeeding thing. I toted my babies around in a Moby wrap like some bizarre extra appendage. I’ve had a homebirth, and two VBACs. I was (and am) lucky that I can stay home with the kids so we don’t need to put them in daycare.

I love to cook. It’s a hobby born out of necessity; my family has to eat, right? So why not make it interesting? I’ve taught myself to cook mostly from the internet and through experience. Experience is an excellent teacher. Now I know that the oven door must be cracked open to broil. Ahem. When I’m not eating bon-bons, watching trashy daytime television (*snort*) or cooking, I’m cleaning, knitting, sewing, reading, writing and daydreaming. This summer I hope to also be gardening at our new (to us) house.

My other hobby is hobbies. I’m sure to my husband I’m just exhausting, because every other week I’m exploring a new interest and mostly forsaking the old ones. Crocheting! then… Learning Japanese! then…English flower gardens! then…you get the idea. I learn the overview and very basics of everything, then move on before any actual accomplishment. It does make me embarrassingly good at trivia, but terrible at actually doing anything well.

And I still don’t know what I want to do when I grow up.