Story and photos by Kristin Schaeffer

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
– Robert Frost

Often in life one finds that an obstacle, or a bend in the undergrowth on one’s path creates a need to change direction. Stephanie Frantz-Volin, owner of Fox & Ivy Children’s Boutique, certified Birth Doula, and mother of six found herself being forced to look at her path diverging in the wood and she had to make a choice. It wasn’t an easy thing. There were tears and heartbreak, but she picked up the pieces, she dusted herself off, and kept moving forward.

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Kristin Schaeffer