Something That Feels Normal

One thing I have always loved doing with my family is “getting out and going places.”

Over the years, we’ve held memberships at Brookfield Zoo, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Field Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Morton Arboretum. Never have we held all of these memberships simultaneously! — but we would rotate through and make the most of the memberships we had in any current year. Rainy Saturday? Go to a museum. Gorgeous weather? Head to the zoo.

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A Bit of Relief

After I wrote last week about how much we are struggling right now, my mom emailed and offered to come and stay with us.

We have followed every single guideline around social distancing, travel, and being around people not outside the household. We haven’t seen family in person since Christmas of 2019. But my mom has received both doses of her Covid vaccine and is incredibly careful.

My response was “How quickly can you get here?”

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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

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