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Miscarriage, Grieving, and Back to School

Somewhere in the middle of June, a little life began to grow, and for the next eight weeks or so that child was mine to hold and carry. On August 23rd, at eleven and a half weeks along, only hours after our first doctor appointment, we had to make an …

And Baby Makes Six (Midlife Baby on Board)

Do not adjust your computer monitor, your eyes are not playing tricks on you. . .  Yes, people, we are indeed expecting another addition to the Oliver family next spring, God willing! Sometime next March our #MidlifeBaby will arrive and we will be starting the parenting journey all over again. …

weekly wrap up with the books

The One With All the Books

It’s been a very, very long time since I’ve taken the time to do a simple weekly wrap-up. This wrap-up is the one with all the books. It’s also the one where are finding our groove, chasing minimalism, and reading all-the-things. . . We took an early Christmas break back …

For the Mom Who Feels Depressed, Worn, & Weary

I hit a wall last week. Figuratively, I was pushing ahead, slogging through an overwhelming schedule, head down and leaning into the wind, when I ran head first into a wall and crashed. I needed rest, but life keeps moving forward so I had to get up and keep moving …

Frog in a Pot

A Frog in a Pot: The True Story of 2016

“2016 was a hard year.” I saw that a lot at the beginning of this month, and I concur. It WAS hard. In many ways. I started the year off with depression that I fought and battled until mid-Summer. I added too much to my plate, and I added more and …