Facing Your Pain Head-On

I know without a doubt that my divorce was the right thing. That being said, the pain that I felt as a result of that decision is by far the most intense and excruciating pain I have ever experienced in my life. It is a pain that never completely goes away. Although it has lessened with time, it is something I still deal with on a regular basis. There are times when the pain is dull and barely noticeable. There are other times when it is intensified and all-encompassing like it was in the beginning. It is at times like … Continue reading

Facing Your Fears

We all have different fears throughout our lives. After a divorce it seems that many of those fears are intensified. I was deathly afraid of another marriage. My first marriage had failed miserably and I couldn’t bear the thought of going through that pain again. Ultimately I knew that I wanted to be able to have a family again, but I wasn’t sure I was ready to feel the vulnerability that would come with that. I wasn’t ready to run the risk of that kind of rejection again. My divorce had taken such a toll on my self-esteem, I wasn’t … Continue reading

How Do You Respond When Your Toddler Cries?

Do you: A. Find the nearest couch and bury your head between the cushions. B. Beam with pride and revel in the sweet sound knowing that your little one’s lungs are obviously extremely healthy. C. Crying? What crying? I can’t hear a thing with these earplugs in. According to a new study, the way a mother responds to her screaming child may be the result of how well she bonded with her own mother. The recently published Baylor University study revealed that some moms experience a “natural high” while listening to their crying child, while others facing the same scenario … Continue reading

Home Blog Month in Review: October

As I sit here looking out my window at the backyard, the birds are hovering in the pine tree against a strong wind and steady rain. The temperature is chilly today, and the calendar reminds me that we have left October behind. October 1st Buy a Home for $1.75 It seems that the housing crisis has made some interesting news lately. Home Month in Review: September 2008 Has the weather turned cooler now that September has passed? Pretty soon, it will be time to get that heat turned back on! Meanwhile, check out all of the articles that were posted … Continue reading

Caring for Your Child When He’s Ill

Probably the hardest job any parent has is to take care of their child when their child is ill. It is exceptionally difficult when your child is in pain, and you can’t take it away. Couple that with having to wait around in a hospital. Perhaps your child has had multiple hospitalizations for some underlying health problem, such as our son with special needs, who has Sprintzen’s Syndrome. At the risk of sounding completely sexist, it seems to be especially hard on the father. The dad, who believes it’s his “job” to fix everything. However, this is something that dad … Continue reading

Yoga Positions for Early Labor

The other day my doula visited our home to show us some techniques we’ll use for pain management during early labor.  Our goal is to do as much of the labor at home as possible – we’re more comfortable at home, and thus more likely to be relaxed here – and so these are some moves and positions Jon and I can do to help me get through the pain. If you get a book like The Birth Partner or other books about/that have sections on natural childbirth, these positions might be familiar to you.  I don’t know exactly what they’re … Continue reading

Simple Spring Fun Projects for the Kids

Now that we have sprung ahead an hour, I’m hoping Mother Nature will get the hint and adjust the weather accordingly.  We’re still buried under several feet of snow and the high temperatures are frozen in the 20s. If the weather outside is frightening in your neck of the woods too, then make the most of your indoor time by springing into spring with these simple, affordable and kid-friendly seasonal projects: Candy Lei:  You don’t have to travel to Hawaii to enjoy the beauty and fun of wearing colorful lei.  The eye-popping garland, traditionally worn around the neck, can be … Continue reading

Locked Out Part II

Back to the front door I tried to shake and wiggle it unlocked. No luck.  I tried to slip a hand saw from the garage between the screen and door frame. No luck.  I tried to push in the screen in order to squeeze my hand in to unlock the lock. No luck.  I called my husband to tell him that we were locked out and that he would have to break the door to get us in and he was in the midst of helping a coworker with a flat tire. He headed home.  I was freezing but the … Continue reading

Finding Joy in the Little Things

Some days are just hard. When you are going through a divorce it seems most days are that way, at least for a little while. I’ve found that even after almost two years many days are still difficult. It’s easy to feel sorry for yourself when you are in the midst of trials. You look up at the sky and wonder, why is this happening to me? What did I do to deserve this? The truth is we all have trials. They are meant to make us strong. When you find yourself feeling down and wondering how you are going … Continue reading

It’s Ok to Cry

I don’t know anyone who’s gone through a divorce without a few tears along the way. The whole process is incredibly painful, whether you were the one that wanted the divorce or not. No one ever gets married with the intent of getting divorced. You expect to grow old with that person, to live happily ever after, and for whatever reason that just isn’t going to happen anymore. Life the way you know it is suddenly very, very different. Divorce changes everything. It is natural to feel a wide array of emotions at this time. I felt as if I … Continue reading