The Day That Should Be Hers

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The day crept up.  Stealth-like.  Amid fatigue, snow days, and household winter illnesses, I looked at the calendar and realized that it was February 12th.  The day that we found out that Iris had no heartbeat.  After 14 hours of labor, she was born on February 13th at 7:42 am. Continue reading

A Winter Slip

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The past few weeks of winter have been brutal.  Illnesses continues to circulate my house, though leave me untouched.  A snow day, followed by two days where temperatures plunged to -50F left school cancelled and us juggling the kids at home.  My only hope at remaining sane as winter stretches on is that the groundhog did not see his shadow, so spring is around the corner, right? Continue reading

Holiday Family Traditions

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My first grader came home with a project called “My Holiday Customs and Traditions.”  It included a list of questions to answer about how our family spends the holidays and a requirement to make a poster to accompany an in-class presentation.  The underlying theme is to celebrate differences in both the holidays celebrated and the traditions that the families have created for themselves. Continue reading

Needing Distractions for the Day

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On this day in 2015, I was at O’Hare airport waiting for a flight to Kansas City.  The day had produced the first snow of the year, and not in a small amount.  It caused delay after delay, rescheduled flight, getting onto the plane and waiting for more than an hour on the tarmac, only to be told that the flight was cancelled and needing to de-plane.  I had been at the airport for about 15 hours at that point, only to go to baggage claim and discover that my suitcase had been lost. Continue reading

The Heavy Months

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I have come to realize that Fall brings months of heaviness for me.  And I love Fall – it is my favorite season.  The change in color, the big sweaters, the warm drinks – all feed a homebody like me who wants nothing more than to curl up by the fire with a book.

But ever since losing Nelle in September of 2015, Fall now brings a lot of anticipation. Continue reading