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, oldest to youngest, in hopes that the oldest ones would show the little ones how to be brave and then hopefully save the hysterical crying for last. Eloise was up f...

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 on.

My day to day is enough. If my focus is so outward-focused, my own household will fall by the wayside, which is counterproductive. The focus has to come back i...

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 this time and I want her to remember playing a lot, not me yelling a lot and forcing her to sit at the dining room table. It's just too much with our family dynamic...

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 overtake me. 

Today I'm focusing on the good. One day at a time!

I totally recognize the frivolousness of the topic of hair in a time like this, and if it's completely...

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 families are suffering right now, but this has been a sweet time for our family so far.

I am savoring having everyone home. I am extra aware and grateful for our...

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 prioritize sleep to help maintain health and sanity. I'm trying to filter out the hysteria. I still don't understand so much about this time.

I know so many...

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 are, despite the madness. I have worried about the health of my older family members and those with compromised immune systems, including one of my own children. I...

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 then becomes part of you and informs your being and all your interactions.

I've been thinking that motherhood is a kind of meditation, too. It requires so much of...

October 30, 2019

I'm sure I've talked about "What's saving your life right now?" before, but it was on my mind this morning, one of those CRAZY mornings that found me nearly three hours into constant motion and commotion before I could as much as run a brush through my hair or brush my teeth.

I've been craving a bit of peace and quiet lately in these last 6-ish (hopefully, or less would be great too!) weeks of pregnancy, and it is just nowhere...

October 10, 2019

Life lately is...

*Enjoying fall! The best season of them all. We've been savoring Eloise's days off and I don't think twice about keeping Mimi home on those days (since their days off never seem to coincide...) so we can have family time. It's been a treat to have Nick take a couple hours off on the mornings the girls are off from school and we've been able to do our favorite fall activities. We are soaking in these years, whi...

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