R-o-c-k-i-n-g Motherhood

This post has been languishing in my drafts for over a month.  In that time, our lives have been turned upside down with Cee’s latest round of results.  I contemplated scrapping the whole post, but keep coming back to how helpful thinking this through has been for me.  I share it now in the hopes […]



Okay.  So.  Let’s recap. Cee’s arthritis is eating away at her joints, and the only straws left to grasp at are in Cincinnati at the children’s hospital there.  Their office will call us randomly in the future to let us know when we’re in.  Then we will rearrange everything in life in order to make […]

With Sympathy and Awe

  Here’s the latest chapter in our SJIA saga.  (It seems to have fallen out of fashion to call it “SOJIA.”  Now it’s just “SJIA.”  Like the teenager who wants to be called “Tom” instead of “Tommy,” I’ll try to accommodate the new name…but he’ll always be “Tommy” in my heart.) We ended up doing […]

Sacrifice and the Dying/Losing Conundrum

Today I’m over at Everyday Ediths talking about this month’s theme:  sacrifice.  (Not the weird goat kind, the daily mom kind.) This picture is an oldie, but it fits my thoughts on sacrifice perfectly.  You’ll have to head over to Everyday Ediths to check it out.  🙂   We’re off to Mayo with a trunk […]

MSB {24}:  Temptation: Jesus-Style

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Thanks for hosting, Rosie! Me: David, will you grab the camera for My Sunday Best? David:  Could I take a picture with you? Me:  Okay…but who is going to take the picture? Various Kids:  Me!  I’ll do it!  I want to take a picture! We let them take turns.  This was the best shot.  Poor, […]

Pre-Seasonal Celebrating, New Looks, and Bad News

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    -1-  Pre-Seasonal Celebrating “Liturgical Living” is hot in Catholic circles, but reading seasonal books is popular all over.  We have an awesome library, but all the theme-y books get scooped up fast.  So we started pre-seasonal celebrating.  Books about Valentine’s Day?  We checked those out at the beginning of January.  Books about St. Patrick and […]

The Lenten Luck of a Serious Diagnosis

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Between waiting for calls, taking calls, sending messages, checking for responses, and general stewing our Tuesday was pretty much consumed by a black cloud of bleh. Not sure what I mean?  Let me bring you up to speed. Cee had an MRI on Friday, and the results aren’t great.  The aren’t even good.  Or so-so. […]

A Flock of Questions

  I’ve talked before about our pickle jar of conversation question starters that we use at dinner time.  That discussion is usually my favorite part of the day.  It’s a super easy way to stay connected as a family, and it’s been both silly and insightful. Take for example, a question from a couple weeks […]

She will not get better.


Cee’s illness impacts everything. Worries about what the future holds are overwhelming.  I’ve enjoyed being able to escape all that by writing about fluffy topics lately.  Library books.  Clothes.  Fluff.  It’s all fluff. Yesterday I posted My Sunday Best and concluded that being intentional about what’s in my closet makes me think about clothes less.  While […]

MSB {23}: Why are you anxious about clothes?

Here’s my Mass outfit this week: Top:  Lularoe Perfect T Skirt:  Lularoe Maxi Sweater, shoes, belt: Lands’ End I love me some Lularoe.  I’m actually having on online popup (browse from home!) on Monday, February 27th at 7pm CST.  I’d love for you to join!  You can read more in my post Escaping the Dreaded Mom […]