Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Yesterday all four kids needed to get bloodwork done (!) so my mom helped me at the appointment. It was a task I was absolutely dreading for weeks and had zero idea how to optimize such a feat. 

My plan was to have Eloise go first and then proceed in age order, old...

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Sisters and chocolate milkshakes—what could be better?

I had to delete the News app from my phone the other day. It was all too much! The world may be on fire, or maybe it isn't and the media wants us to believe it is, but I've decided it's all too much for me to take o...

Saturday, May 30, 2020

I knew to expect complicated feelings with the last baby, but it's hitting me harder and harder lately, and I seem to have morphed into even more of a crazy baby lady than usual.

Historically, I have eagerly awaited most milestones with my babies. Especially the first t...

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Six plus weeks into quarantine.

We had been doing pretty well, and then we've had a bunch of tough days since Easter. I always tell Nick I can do the hard day-to-day (he calls it being a Big Dumb Animal), but if there's any emotional worry at the time I can totally crum...

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Checking in from the end of our fifth week of quarantine. How are you holding up?

Most days we're pretty good. I'm prioritizing my mental health and happiness because I know it flows down to the kids. This means very little homeschooling. I know Eloise will remember thi...

Thursday, April 9, 2020

How are you doing today?

I had a hard day yesterday. The weight of bad news after bad news, including some Covid-related deaths just outside our circle and the first one in our town, had me in tears for much of the day. I just couldn't find the light and I let fear over...

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Hello! We're another week into our quarantine, bringing it up to three weeks now. How are you holding up?

I have been through all the stages of grief and reached an acceptance that this is the new normal for now. I hesitate to write it because I know so many people and...

Thursday, March 26, 2020

How are you doing?

We are two weeks into our quarantine now. I am much less anxious than I was last week but do still have bouts of worry. I am willing myself to be more disciplined and minimize the late-night Googling, which benefits no one, and trying instead to prior...

Thursday, March 19, 2020

I have cried. I have prayed. I have stockpiled. I have gotten yelled at at the grocery store for "taking all the food." I have stayed up way too late too many nights in a row anxiously glued to news articles. I have been surprised at how normal our daily lives still ar...

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

I admittedly have a limited knowledge of meditation, outside of what I learned during yoga teacher training eons ago. At least at this current phase of my life, I am not a meditator.

But my understanding of its basic principle is that by practicing stillness, stillness...

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