Water in Texas

lakeTexas has water. I had no idea. Although… the “Lake” in Austin is actually a really long, thin body of water that stretches all the way from Colorado. May I be the first to suggest that this “Lake” is actually a– you guessed it– RIVER?

The kids and I climbed up to the top of Mount Barnell and took pictures of this long skinny “Lake” and attempted to shoot pictures of butterflies and collect the first flowers seen since Southern California.

kayakOur gracious host also took us kayaking on the same “Lake.” My children were so excited to get to row and we decided to split them up. I went with my son and our host and her daughter went with my daughter.

My son proved to be an excellent rower and we were exploring and fearless in no time. We pondered at the fish and turtles and steered to avoid the low hanging trees. We got thoroughly wet and enjoyed the warm sunshine and a cool, moist escape from the unusually dry weather.

And then it happened.

My daughter dared my son to a race. And if you know my children, you also know they would rather die than lose.

My son was the stronger rower and twice attempted to overtake my daughter. And she wouldn’t have it. She purposely steered her kayak directly toward us in an attempt to topple us over and into the watery deep. If it wasn’t for the quick thinking of our hostess she surely would have, much to the dismay of both adults involved.

Who actually won is debatable, but we all had a lot of fun in the attempts.


About supportmidwifekatiemccall

Katie McCall was born at Pomona Valley Hospital in Southern California by scheduled c-section as a frank breech due to the current medical system insistence that breeches should always be delivered that way. Katie's father's family was filled with teachers, her mother's family was filled with healers. It is no surprise then, that she went on to have her own two children and spend her adult life involved in a combination of teaching and healing through midwifery, childbirth education, doula work and serving families in Southern California. Katie attended USC for her general education and then went on to study with the American Academy of Husband Coached Childbirth to become a certified childbirth educator. Shortly thereafter, she certified as a birth doula (labor assistant) with the Association of Labor Assistants and Childbirth Educators. Katie was also mentored through a pregnancy and birth support business called The Birth Connection in Glendale, CA, which Katie later purchased and expanded to include a 1500 square foot education facility, retail store and birthing center. She enrolled in midwifery school and apprenticed with the midwives who ran the birth center as well as with midwives who attended homebirths. She sold her business to pursue her midwifery education full time in 2006 and passed her midwifery (NARM) exam to become a Certified Professional Midwife in 2008. She went on to gain her Midwifery License from the State of CA Medical Board in 2010. Katie has received supplementary education in lactation to become a lactation educator, vaginal birth after cesarean support, support of sexual abuse survivors, aromatherapy and is neonatal and CPR certified. She assisted over 500 couples through childbirth education and attended over 550 births as of 2011. As a Southern California native, she has a wide range of experience, serving mothers from diverse backgrounds. She believes her job is one of empowering women to develop their own trust and connection with their bodies and their babies during their own unique journey into motherhood. If she has learned anything through her experience with birth, it is that every birth is as different as the women who are laboring. On August 17th, 2011 Katharine “Katie” McCall, a licensed midwife, was convicted of practicing medicine with out a license for a 2007 birth she assisted as a student. The charge arose from a home birth where Katie's supervising midwife could not arrive because she was at another birth. Instead of leaving the family to birth unassisted, Katie stayed. She recommended that the family transfer to the hospital and the family refused. They were aware that she was only a student midwife and that she was unable to secure an overseeing mid
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One Response to Water in Texas

  1. Delores Doyle says:

    Keep making memories on the way to your new home!

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