The Meat and Potatoes of Cincinnati

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If the fifty degree difference between Cincinnati and home wasn’t enough to jerk us back to reality, the giant piles of laundry from the suitcase was. We are home. “How did it go?” our dear friends and family will ask.  “Did you find any answers?” Those are tough questions. The short version: It went well. […]

Letting Go by Reading Up

Countless books and articles encourage moms to “let go” of completing household tasks perfectly and focus on making memories. That’s easy while we’re on vacation in between our doctor appointments.  No doing dishes or laundry?  Check. Posing with Disney characters?  Check.   Going to the zoo.  Check.   At home, it’s another story. I’m all […]

MSB {26}:  Pizza Edition!

We are in Cincinnati.  Well.  A suburb of Cincinnati.  Same difference.  David and Cee are down at the pool, and I have some quiet time to write and be a part of My Sunday Best.  It’s been so long since I’ve had the time to participate.  I miss blogging about books and Sunday antics and […]

Leaving

We fly out early Sunday morning. I’ve done my best to be sing-song-y cheerful to Cee about it.  The food we’ll eat (chili fo’ sure!).  The places we’ll go (the 2nd oldest zoo in the country!).  The amount of books she’ll be able to read (a whole carry-on dedicated to books!).  The way Cee will […]

Anxiety, Faith, and the Outcome Spectrum Method

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I have a weird approach to life’s obstacles.  I think about the best thing that could happen in any situation, and then also the worst case scenario.  Somehow it’s comforting to know that however things actually unfold, it will be somewhere on the spectrum of things I’ve already considered.  Maybe I could call it the Outcome […]

Accepting the Ugliness of Suffering

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  Be grateful for your trials, for they will become your greatest blessings. This message has been on display on a maker board in the hallway of the parish which hosts our homeschool co-op.   I’ve had to look at for several weeks now.  We have little chats, me and the marker board.  I walk […]

Flipper Floppers: With Bonus Conversation Guide

  Yesterday we painted.  We read.  We watched some Mystery Science.  We went to the clinic to have Cee’s monitoring bloodwork done.  We went to the zoo.  We made peanut butter shakes. It was a normal day.  It was okay. It’s okay. We get through the days, pretending to do school, eating vegetables, and making […]

Hope for Crushed Cans

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        “What do you hope to get from Cincinnati?” several people have asked about our intent to see a specialist for our 8 year old daughter, Cee. I’m not sure how to respond.  A drug trial?  Earlier options for hip replacement?  In truth, I’m not sure I’m interested in either option.  The […]

"Let us know if you need anything"

Occasionally people say this…and usually I just respond with something to the effect of “Thanks for thinking of us; we’re doing okay.” That’s mostly true.  Comparatively, we’re doing great. There are people starving in Haiti, children with special needs in institutions in the former Soviet bloc, and victims of trafficking around the world, all of […]

A Date for Cincinnati

A Scheduler from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital called to set up an appointment for the end of April for Cee to see The Guy in SJIA. We can now start trying to plan and organize and scurry and make it work, so it’s a bit of a relief to have the date finalized.   But–   […]