Blogmas, Family, Marriage, Mental Health, mental illness

Blogmas 11: Familial Celebrations and Accompanied Stress

In a previous post, I mentioned celebrating with family. I love the reduced stress and pure enjoyment that comes with celebrating with my husband and our dog, but that’s not all there is to most holidays, in my experience. Since being a married adult, we celebrate Christmas a few times per year. Once with my… Continue reading Blogmas 11: Familial Celebrations and Accompanied Stress

Family, Marriage, Mental Health, mental illness

I Choose Gratitude

I want to be truthful in admitting that I write this today from a place of stress and sadness. I think, though, that that makes what I am about to say all the more relevant. So here is this post, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, my favorite day of the year, which will occur tomorrow.… Continue reading I Choose Gratitude

Family, Mental Health, mental illness

Letter to My Teenage Niece

Dearest girl, When you were starting middle school, we all groaned, because most of your aunts and uncles attended that same middle school. I told your uncle JJ to not talk about it – “Don’t scare her,” I said. Besides, I attended a middle school at one point too. It didn’t matter what school; mine… Continue reading Letter to My Teenage Niece

Family, Marriage

What I Learned about Bravery and Love from my Dog Today

Today we took our dog to her annual vet appointment. I was blown away by how brave she acted and the overwhelming depth of love I feel for her. (click title to read on...)

Mental Health, mental illness

What to Do When I Don’t Have a Magic Wand

I'll always want to help. Sometimes all I can do is remind you that you matter and you belong here. (read more...)