SOJIA

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. […]

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 […]

I am Monet:  Exhaustion and Doubt in Motherhood

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    Today we did another up-and-back to Mayo for Cee.  That makes two trips in eight days.  We returned home with more questions than answers and an MRI to get scheduled.  David and I are exhausted in every sense of the word.  It’s hard.  It’s really hard. Given all this, when I read a […]

Happiness {13}: On Rollerskates and Wheelchairs

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  Participants in “Write 31 Days” pledge to write for 30 minutes on a single topic every day in October.  My topic?  Happiness.   After a talk between Cee, David, and myself, today we decided to get Cee’s wheelchair out of its cobwebby corner in the garage. Cee’s pain has been slowly crescendo-ing. First the limp was a […]

Happiness {11}:  Still in the Cave

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Participants in “Write 31 Days” pledge to write for 30 minutes on a single topic every day in October.  My topic?  Happiness.   Today Cee passed her plate to Elle and asked her to mash up her sweet potatoes at dinner.  Confused as to why she didn’t do it herself, I asked if her wrists hurt. […]

Happiness {2}: In a Cave

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  Participants in “Write 31 Days” pledge to write for 30 minutes on a single topic every day in October.  Yesterday I chose a topic— Happiness.  Now I have to explore it.  At the time it seemed like a great idea.  Now it seems more like a joke. Cee’s hip started hurting a little.  This morning. […]

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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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 {3}: Prayer

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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.   JEI {3}:  Prayer […]