Halloween Hauntings

Ya know, some years, ya just don’t quite have it all together 😆 Some years you don’t even think about Halloween until your kid’s bus driver gets off the bus dressed as a Crayola Crayon and you think, “Hm… why is she dressed as a …. Faaacckkkk!!!  He was supposed to wear a costume today.” Then, to squash your... Continue Reading →

The Devil of Dystonia

For the first five years of Oliver life, we were able to find work a rounds for many of his physical limitations, essentially sweeping under the rug the level of his disability. When we wanted to hike, we threw him in a baby backpack. When we wanted to travel, we changed him on the baby... Continue Reading →

Homeward Bound

When I arrived in Chicago 35 days ago, I was a frazzled, sleep-deprived, anxiety-ridden mess.  I’d been experiencing life-draining insomnia, unmanageable fatigue, heart palpitations, muscles spasms, chronic pain, 3-day long migraines and my gut had shut down to the point that eating anything caused me terrible pain.  I had gone to as many doctors as... Continue Reading →

The Power of Pause

My first yoga teacher training was 12 years ago, during a time when my life was filled with ease in nearly all ways.  I lived in an off-grid jungle cabin.  I slept well, ate well, had an abundance of time all to myself and few responsibilities to bear.  Teacher training filled my days, and I quickly became immersed... Continue Reading →

Surrender

A while back, during the time just after Nicco’s birth, when my husband was working all day and starting a business all night, when sick family members were living with us and I was struggling to set reasonable boundaries for what I was able to take on, I began to notice a change in my... Continue Reading →

Energy Drinks and Anger

Sometimes in life, you encounter mud. Icky, sticky Mud. To borrow a few lines from one of Oliver’s favorite books, “Can’t go over it. Can’t go under it. Can’t go around it. Got to go through it!” And indeed, we have been going through it. In late May, Oliver caught his first virus since the... Continue Reading →

Growth Attenuation

For families like ours, being judged, shamed and criticized about the decisions we make for our children is an unfortunate part of our daily life.  And you know what?  I can’t say I blame people for that, because most people dwell comfortably in a world of absolutes. This is right and that is wrong.  This is natural and... Continue Reading →

Don’t Forget to Play

Last night we decided to set the evening routine aside and drive up the mountain for a sunset picnic and an opportunity to just breathe. We have been absolutely entrenched in the hussle lately.  Finishing our yurt and moving out of our house has proven to be quite an epic feat.  But we’ve been unbelievably fortunate to... Continue Reading →

Oliver’s Birth Story

******Trigger Warning: Traumatic Birth******* As she pulled my son from my body, the sound of silence was deafening.  That iconic wail of a baby’s first cry was absent from our birth story.  Instead, she laid a beautiful, blue-tinged little babe upon my chest and began to rub his limp body vigorously.  It was in this moment that our... Continue Reading →

And Just Like That… Life Begins Again.

I am not a person who holds center well.  I experience this life with an, honestly, exhausting level of intensity.   At this point, for me, dispassion is an unattainable philosophical concept, far outside my reach.  And although I’ve developed the ability to see the highs and lows coming, when I am in the midst of them, they are... Continue Reading →

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