Motherhood in a Pandemic

2020-05-08 Motherhood in a Pandemic Breathe

Photo by Tim Goedhart on Unsplash

Earlier this week, I received an email from Quentin’s teacher that caused me to have a mini-meltdown.

It was his week to be “Star Student” – something he has known and been looking forward to since the start of the year.  He worked last week on putting together a Google Slideshow of his favorite things, and he would be sharing it in one of his recurring classroom Zoom meetings of the week.  He worked really hard on his Slideshow and had it turned into his teacher well before his scheduled day to present. Continue reading

Understanding Well Being for Myself

2020-03-11 The Definition of Well Being

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Someone I know recently asked for help on Facebook with an article she was writing.  She wanted to know: What does “well being” mean to you?  What does it look like?

The responses were broad, and ranged from work-life balance, to stability, to exercising and eating well, to a sense of serenity and being present. Continue reading

It’s Never Just Valentine’s Day

2020-02-15 The Day That She Died

In the passing of years since my daughters died, I have become more prepared for the “hard days” – the hardest being their birthdays.  Nelle’s birthday was Labor Day weekend that particular year, so it ushers in multiple days of grief in the subsequent years.  And Iris’s birthday is February 13th – the day before Valentine’s Day.  As our family prepares to shower love on each other, I am slammed the day before with how she is not with us. Continue reading

For the Love of a Cat

49ECEA73-25C5-4BE1-8685-05F5D3378B73.jpgMy kids play outside almost every day. Barring any rain or snow, they will go to the backyard and run around after arriving home from school. My 10-year-old doesn’t even let rain stop him - unless it is a downpour, he’s fine with a light drizzle and I have to debate telling him “no” versus mud tracked inside on his shoes. Continue reading