intensely trivial


About me

I’m the oldest in a family of five girls, a Kansas native. I happily taught ninth-grade English for six years before deciding to stay home with my baby daughter — and, eventually, my son, too. I’m married to a terribly curious computer scientist, who helped revive my bibliophilia, and my self. About three years ago, after the birth of my son, I decided to become a birth doula, and that has plunged me into a whole new world.  I drink a lot of tea, try to rein in my sweet tooth, make a lot of lists, and have a lot of motivation to do a lot of other things. And I’m serious about following Jesus and want my faith to permeate all these seemingly trivial parts of me.

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  1. * Emma Denner says:

    Rachel,
    I didn’t know how to contact you, and stumbled upon this as I was looking. I wanted to tell you that I’m interning in Elanor’s kindergarten class this semester! It took me a good half hour, even after learning her name, to realize that it was THAT Elanor. She was helping another girl with her writing, and I was thinking, “She sure knows a lot.” Then it clicked, and I excitedly told her that I knew you, and that I’d even met her a couple times, a long time ago. She (naturally) didn’t remember, but seemed happy to hear that I knew her.
    I’m thrilled at this coincidence, so I wanted to share that with you!
    Emma

    Posted 7 years, 8 months ago
  2. * Jenn says:

    Rachel,
    I am a former student of yours; actually you tutored me in German for some desperately needed sessions, while I was in college. Since then much has transpired and currently, my husband and I are expecting our first. I came across your blog as it was recommended as a resource to me from a mutual friend of ours. I am so curious to learn more about having a Dula, yet, I’m unsure of how to contact you directly. Your comments are intriguing and I’m looking forward to discovering more in the near future. Thank you again for your willingness to be open and honest about the pros and cons of having a Dula. This was very helpful.
    Jenn

    Posted 7 years, 3 months ago
  3. * manhattandoula says:

    Jenn, of course I remember you! Email me at rachel dot andresen at gmail dot com. You can also go to my doula website at gentlebirthks.com. Congratulations!! 🙂

    Posted 7 years, 3 months ago
  4. * Atandt cell says:

    Rachel,I didn’t know how to contact you, and stumbled upon this as I was looking. I wanted to tell you that I’m interning in Elanor’s kindergarten class this semester! It took me a good half hour, even after learning her name, to realize that it was THAT Elanor. She was helping another girl with her writing, and I was thinking, “She sure knows a lot.” Then it clicked, and I excitedly told her that I knew you, and that I’d even met her a couple times, a long time ago. She (naturally) didn’t remember, but seemed happy to hear that I knew her.I’m thrilled at this coincidence, so I wanted to share that with you!Emma
    +1

    Posted 7 years, 1 month ago
  5. * Bethany says:

    I stumbled across your blog and wanted to get in touch. I am a midwife from Hutchinson and the secretary of the newly re-formed Kansas Midwives Association. If you’re interested in information about the KMA, email me at secretary@kansasmidwives.com.

    Posted 7 years ago


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