Tag: family

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I don’t want an Instagram romance… (a letter to my husband)

My love, I think you know, by now, my fondness for pictures and colors. You know, the ones I beg you to take as you wrinkle your nose and make a face only your mother could love (and you encourage our son to do the same)… And, if I’m honest with myself, I love making things beautiful. Neat. Organized. Everything in a box. Toned … Read More I don’t want an Instagram romance… (a letter to my husband)

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when you’re the triangle peg in a world full of square holes

Lately, I’ve been feeling lonely! I’ll just come out and say it. It’s no secret that I’ve been having the hardest time in my 8 years of chronic illness, ever. Everything is coming to a head and it is overwhelming and all I have to hold on to is the firm hope that this is me leaning into the tape. I am near the end, I … Read More when you’re the triangle peg in a world full of square holes

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the tragic loss of self that comes from chronic illness – and how to be an overcomer

Struggling with any form of disease, especially for an extended period of time, can severely undermine your understanding of yourself and even your comprehension of your sanity. After countless white rooms and specialist opinions and side effect upon side effect from your long list of medications, there’s little care or attention given to your mental health and self-awareness after the fact. So, how do … Read More the tragic loss of self that comes from chronic illness – and how to be an overcomer

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To My Husband – In the wake of my depression and anxiety

Dear husband, I know that I just haven’t been the same since the baby came. I knew that my moods would swing crazier than the monkey’s on the bed book I read about 11 times a day. I knew I might feel sad at times when I folded his onesies that he outgrew. I was ready. I had my essential oils and my motivational … Read More To My Husband – In the wake of my depression and anxiety

anti-inflammatory dinners: one-pot wonder meat, rice, and veggies

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Low-Histamine, Anti-Inflammatory, Gut-Healing.  Ingredients:  2 yellow squashes (chopped) 2T extra-virgin organic olive oil 1 LB ground turkey 2 C rice 4 C low sodium or unsalted chicken broth ** (Can also use bone broth). 2 eggs (optional, I don’t have a histamine issue with eggs but some people do) 1/2 medium sweet onion (chopped) 3T garlic salt (to taste) Pepper (to taste) … Read More anti-inflammatory dinners: one-pot wonder meat, rice, and veggies

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the greatest guilt – escaping the shame and learning to let go

If you’ve struggled with with eating disorders, anxiety, depression, or any other of the issues that run the mental gamut, we have felt the same way. “I relapsed….again. I’ve just been so stressed lately…” “Why can’t I just cope better with things?” “I should be doing better than …this.“ I find myself doing this all too often and just getting angry at myself because I’ve … Read More the greatest guilt – escaping the shame and learning to let go

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young marriage is not for the romantics at heart

Everywhere, we see it. The rustic barn doors with the bridal parties, the tables of petit fours and the beautiful cakes and aisles and invitations. What happens after the magical day? This is why I say that young marriage is not for the romantics or the starry-eyed lovers. This is what I wish all the young marrieds knew before walking down the aisle, feeling … Read More young marriage is not for the romantics at heart

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…When you have the discount genes in a world of Levis

There’s a lot of reasons that chronic illnesses persist. I have a front row seat to finding nearly all of them (yay!) on this journey of navigating post-chronic neurological Lyme Disease fallout. One of these major components is a pre-disposition in genetics linked to autoimmune diseases called the MTHFR-gene. Yes, it sounds like the cussword. And not too far off! Hence, the title. 😉 … Read More …When you have the discount genes in a world of Levis

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Authentically, unapologetically

No one has to tell you that Instagram and Facebook are the biggest components to depression in youth today. It’s an understood fact. Yet, we cling to and embrace these sites to give us what we can’t buy – internal happiness. Pinterest has made us obsessed with boho-chic, farmhouse style mansions and perfect cake pops for our 1-year-old’s birthday. We count followers, we count … Read More Authentically, unapologetically

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Thank You for Buttoning the Snaps

To my wonderful, busy, exhausted husband. I lovd you. I’m proud of you. I know we’ve tried and waited so long to finally get to this point, where we get to see our sweet baby’s face out of all the trials and doctors who said it wouldn’t likely happen. I know just how exhausted you are and see how tirelessly you work not only … Read More Thank You for Buttoning the Snaps