The other evening as I was preparing dinner, three young women knocked on our door. They introduced themselves as the "new missionaries" in town and wanted to "share a message" with us. I politely declined, wished them a good evening and closed the door. They looked mildly surprised, but took my rejection well. Kid2, who … Continue reading the new Missionaries & Santa
A series of unfortunate events at the turn of the new year led me to take up strength training two mornings a week with a personal trainer. It has been a surreal experience, I'm shocked how much I'm enjoying it, and I'm becoming incredibly aware of my body in aways I wasn't before. I'm aware … Continue reading Passive Awareness of the Body
Please don't ask me that. I'm doing better today than I was yesterday, but I'm still so far from okay I'm not sure I'll ever be okay again. I'm also not sure what okay looks like anymore. I'm getting things done, we haven't missed any meals, or been late to school. I've fulfilled all my volunteer obligations … Continue reading How are you doing today?
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You can't run on gratitude alone. I knew this already, but I'm learning it again. All the heartfelt thanks in the world are not going to make up for the lost sleep, poor food choices, and exhaustion. It feels good to receive heartfelt thanks. Then it gets awkward, watching a tear of gratitude trickle down … Continue reading You can’t run on gratitude alone.
Another week, another meal train. More meals made for a family that is not my own. Another night of pasta and whatever vegetables we happen to have in the fridge for dinner so someone else can have a freshly made pot roast and veggies or baked ziti and a salad. Brownies for dessert, something chocolate … Continue reading I’ve “done enough” and I’m going to do more
I'm thankful to live in a community that, when you have to make a phone call saying "This family has been displaced, and lost everything to the horrific natural disaster" the immediate reply is "What can I do to help?" Once the needs were known, people followed up with concrete action: bringing meals, helping to arrange … Continue reading “You’ve done enough.”
It is that time of year again when the theme of Dragons and Inner Darkness come into play. I've been struggling with my own dragons and inner darkness recently, and am slowly coming to peace with where things are, and where things are going. A conversation during the school run's morning drop off left me … Continue reading Conquering the Inner Darkness
The other night Kid2 wanted to read the story of Noah's Ark. We have an older children's copy probably first published sometime in the 70s. It was my husbands when he was a child, and as great flood stories are common in many cultures, I figured why not. I did my best to read in a … Continue reading a rainbow does not make up for the annihilation of mankind
In honor of Mother's Day, some posts pertaining to Mothers. The Dead Mother's Society Straightforward & Honest A Loving Summation Of Atheism To A Worried Christian Mother By Francisco de Zurbaran (1598 - 1664) – painter (Spanish)Born in Seville, Spain. Details of artist on Google Art Project [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons