I redid my About page, trying to focus on a more specific direction for writing here. And I replaced the picture in the sidebar. One friend pointed out that the super-smily one I had didn’t really match the “voice” of this site. I also reduced the categories, again hoping to focus more what I’m writing.
I also tried to make “pretty permalinks,” and succeeded in totally breaking all my links for a bit. I can’t seem to make links work without “index.php.” Someone on Twitter suggested it might be an issue with my .htaccess file, so … I only vaguely understand how to tackle that, so I’ll wait for Matthew to help me.
I’m almost 12 weeks along in this pregnancy. I got to hear the heartbeat at my midwife appointment on Monday. Sort of. She had a hard time keeping the doppler on the heartbeat because the baby kept moving. Joshua likes talking to the baby, though I’m not quite sure he completely understands pregnancy. He said, sticking out his gut, “Me have baby in mine bewie TOO!” Katherine seems to “get it” even more this time than when I was pregnant with Joshua, though she did ask the other day, “Mom, did you take the baby in the shower with you?”
Morning sickness finally settled down last week, which is a welcome relief.
I went to National Right to Life in D.C. March 30-31 for a meeting to go over the curriculum so far for the nationwide youth pro-life camp program we’re working on. It’s ridiculously exciting to be a part of this project, and I’m super proud of how it’s all turning out. We’ll be rolling it out to a few pilot states this summer.
This Sunday will be the last week of a 7-week missions Sunday school class Matthew and I have been teaching at our church. It’s been a blast. I need to do another post with pictures…we decided to have fun with costumes and dress up each week according to the area of the world we were studying in class.
Matthew decided to re-brand his communications/web consulting company (which he runs in addition to a full-time day job at a software manufacturer) and focus on serving organizations making an impact in missions and the non-profit space. I’ll begin working more and more with him on that. We’ve worked together here and there over the past year, like when we redid our church’s website last summer, and it’s been great to do these projects together. We want to do that more. So we’re in the middle of the re-branding process now.
In the meantime, I’ve been working to help some missionary friends develop a website, newsletter template, and email news presence. I’ve been thinking a lot about best practices for missionary communication and fundraising, as well as information architecture, website usability, and content creation. I read Don’t Make Me Think by Steve Krug about designing websites so they’re intuitive to use, and that was eye-opening.
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