6 years and 3 kids later… Reflections on what it takes be a modern mother of several

 

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Hi there! Do you remember me? Don’t worry, I won’t blame you if you don’t. I just discovered that my last post was almost a year ago, but life has been busy and I’m certain you’ve had plenty of good writers to keep you satisfied. You know what else? WordPress notified me that about a week ago was the 6 year anniversary of my blog. What was life even like 6 years ago?!? I didn’t have any children then and as it sits today, I have been the mother of three children 5 years and below for almost 10 weeks. Continue reading

February Tea Time Challenge!

Initially, I was going to write a piece about a common phrase that I hear all. the. time. about having young children, but I decided that my bitterness is just the congestion talking.  So I decided to “put mind over matter,” and write about something interesting (to me) and fun.  This will hopefully take some of the sting out of Snotmageddon 2014 and the flipping snow that starting falling today. Bah!

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How to Make the World a Better Place

Today, I take a step back from the lofty, philosophical, and spiritual to talk about down and dirty, nitty-gritty parenting.  Lately, I have seen a few articles circulating among the internetz dealing with the phenomenon of namby-pamby parenting.  I know, I know.  You’ve already got your hackles up.  Bear with me….

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Living Thankfulness: An Abrupt Conclusion

I haven’t read their book, but do follow them on Twitter and they have great things to say 🙂

Back on November 30, 2013, I invited everyone to participate in a Living Thankfulness Link-Up.  I had just come off a great experience with 30 Days of Thanks on Facebook, and I wanted to keep the spirit of thankfulness rolling through the rest of the year.  I also wanted some action to come out of all of this thankfulness.  It is one thing to say you are thankful and another to truly BE thankful.  So my thankfulness challenge was born.  Wouldn’t you know it, I have done TERRIBLY with this. Continue reading

I don’t believe in Friday the 13th superstition…I swear.

Today is day #8 that I am stuck at my house thanks to this flipping snow storm.  Last night, Crazy Pants kept waking up and wanting to go in the “wimma room” (that’s toddler for “living room”).  This morning, I let him sleep in and addressed all of my Christmas cards.  I had this plan: mail cards, go to the bank, pick-up meat from the CSA, and lastly, pick-up a prescription.  Then, this evening we were all supposed to go have dinner with some friends.

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Of Frozen Pipes and a Snowbound Family: A Living Thankfulness Check-In

I don’t know how many people are planning to participate in my Living Thankfulness Link-Up, but I thought I’d do a check-in to see how things are going.  I’ve been keeping a thankfulness journal this month, but today I am going to share my entry with you all.

We have been snowed in since Friday.  It is day 4 of being stuck and day 2 of no water. Continue reading

Spreading the Word About Mesothelioma

Borrowed from somalithinktank.org

I was approached by a man named Cameron Von St. James about sharing a video about his wife, Heather.  Her story really touched me and I, of course, agreed to share.  Heather was diagnosed with mesothelioma only three months after giving birth to her daughter, but is now a cancer survivor!  When she learned of her diagnosis she knew that most only live 15 months once receiving the diagnosis.  I can’t even imagine how heartbreaking that would be.  My family also has cancer survivor stories and I am more than happy to share with all of you to spread awareness.

Enjoy!

Heather’s Story

 

You Are a Gift

Borrowed from andshelaughs.wordpress.com

For those of you who have been keeping up with the craziness of my life, you know that shit has been TOUGH.  Incredibly tough, but there has been so many people to help our little family survive.  I’ve spent a lot of time trying to keep our family together and functioning and have, naturally, neglected certain aspects of my life.  Namely, my own self-care and my relationship with my husband.  We all know that both of those aspects our lives are vitally important, but, just as true, we let them play second fiddle to our children and their needs far too often.  As life has been settling down, I have been better able to recognize areas of my life that are suffering and try to address them.  This is easier said than done.  However, I was inspired to write about this after hearing Blake Shelton’s song, “God Gave Me You.” Continue reading