Category Archives: anxiety

A Halloween for the Books

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My little Transformer and Butterfly were up at 6am, excited to put their costumes back on. Now they’re prancing around the house in their make-believe story, him with his wrecking ball (we sort of improvised on his costume which included a McDonalds Happy Meal Transformer mask, a medieval knight breastplate, arm guards, and a wrecking […]

The Broken Bridge between Friendly and Welcome

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We’re driving home after a weekend visiting friends. After a long lunch with our friend talking about everything wrong and right with the world, my brain feels like it’s running on a hamster wheel. Before lunch we had stumbled upon a Hindu Temple right in the area, so I assumed there was a large community […]

To Blog or not to Blog

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I have a love-hate relationship with blogging. It motivates me. It discourages me. The responses inspire me. It gives me a creative outlet and allows my volatile expressive feelings to be read by only those who want to read them (sometimes my husband needs a break).

The Days are Long but the Years are Short

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“The days are long but the years are short.” Only yesterday did I begin to experience the reality of this little saying. I was sitting with a mentor and said, “I only have one year. Then Little Man will be in Kindergarten and Little Miss in preschool.” It came on like a light bulb as […]

Moving Saga, Day 2

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I missed a day in India but I’m writing just in time in America, before the end of the 4th day! Ha! This blogging-every-day during a move is a wonderful and terrible idea. It’s like taking 30 minutes out to write every day the month of your wedding… or graduation… but with two kids and spanning […]

Moving Saga, Day 1

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Now that I’ve publicly committed to blogging every day this month (and I agreed to do it with my equally-competitive friend, Gina, which gives me extra motivation), I know there’s no getting out of it. I fear this is going to result in a lot of messy, sleep-deprived ramblings in which my not-so-neat-and-tidy mindset is […]

The Day I Conquered my Dentist Anxiety

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Our family had a dentist recommended to us “because he went to such-and-such-a-church”.  This was the last time I ever chose a professional based on their church attendance. Dr H. was a sweet older man whose hands were white and cracked from antimicrobial soap– I can still smell them when I recall the horrifying memories in his office.  He […]

When You’re Finally OK With Who You Are

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Y’all (all the people I love who read this blog)…  It. Is. Cold. I’m sitting in my living room with layered thermals and scarf, the sun is shining down, the power is on and the plug-in oil heater is running full blast and pulled right up next to me.  And my laptop is like ice and […]

This Too Shall Pass (and then you’ll miss it)

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I’m sipping a pumpkin spice latte, watching the Midwest drift away out the window on the first leg of our flights home to India. Our near-four-year-old is happy playing his leap pad and our one-year-old is watching the kindle fire. I’d say it was a pretty momentous Christmas when the kids each ended up with […]

When All You See is Failure

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Its the last day of 2016, and we made the trek home to America to spend time with both of our families . This morning I bounded out of bed (ok, creeped quietly as not to wake up either child) and up my parents stairwell to their living room. Its my favorite place in the […]