September 2016

7 Quick Hates

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or Things I Want to Punch (Now That I’m a Parent)   1. Stickers Did you know that the sticky side of a sticker contains a powerful binding agent that is only activated when in contact with finished wood?  Yeah.  That’s a thing.  Hey, we always wanted to know what Great-Grandma’s antique buffet would look like […]

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JEI {5}: Angels

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Welcome to the weekly link up, Just Enough Info (JEI).  The internets can be a great source of community, and I’d love to get to know you better!  Feel free to share your answers in the comments or link up if you have a blog. Let’s talk angels. 1. Naming your Guardian Angel: yea or nay? Once […]

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Library Love {1}

I’m linking up with a gentle mother to share the best of our library pile this week. I don’t think there are any rules, other than 1. Library books and 2.  Awesomeness. I spent an inordinate amount of time trying to develop a graphic for this linkup.  I kept asking myself, “Does this adequately illustrate […]

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Sweeping Up Joy:  A Mission Statement

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  I lost almost three years of mothering. I’m not bitter.  I’m not complaining.  It’s just how life worked out. From the morning in January of 2013 when Cee woke up and couldn’t walk…everything, everything changed. No warning.  No notice.  Just the unrelenting, all-consuming pain of a four year old. All the sudden I didn’t […]

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JEI {5}:  Mom Self-Care

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Welcome to the weekly link up, Just Enough Info (JEI).  The internets can be a great source of community, and I’d love to get to know you better!  Feel free to share your answers in the comments or link up if you have a blog.  You can see our first link up here. The topic of the week […]

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Momming in Solidarity

I am the mother of four.  In some circles, that’s an enormous number.  In other circles, that’s just getting started. At any rate, I’ve gone through four births, three potty-training-s, two kindergartens, and one learning-to-read-s.  There’s a lot in between each of those milestones.  Like trips to the emergency room, family gatherings interrupted by vomit, […]

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2016 Fall SOJIA:  Health Jenga

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We just got back from Mayo.  The hospital.  Not the condiment.  In case you’re confused. Cee’s labwork looks normal.  We monitor her inflammation markers and liver numbers every few months.  Good. Cee’s x-rays look clear.  We have x-rays done yearly to assess permanent joint damage and the overall state of her joints.  Good. Cee’s exam by […]

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JEI {4}: Chores

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Welcome to the weekly link up, Just Enough Info (JEI).  The internets can be a great source of community, and I’d love to get to know you better!  Feel free to share your answers in the comments or link up if you have a blog.  You can see our first link up here. The topic of the week: […]

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An Anne Shirley of a First Co-op

Finding a dead rat in the custard. Accidentally getting her best friend drunk. Jumping on an old lady in the dark.   Anne Shirley of Green Gables fame found herself in the middle of all sorts of scrapes.  Some were the result of negligence, a few of pride, others pure dumb luck. I’ve always identified with Anne […]