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Breathing Out

It feels almost as if a three-month fog has been lifted.  My back is hurting less at night, which is just wonderful, and I've found renewed emotional energy.  Our Thanksgiving meal went off without a hitch and the pressure of planning and hosting has passed.  The turkey smoked at record speed (perhaps it was all that extra smoke in the air), the sides were wonderful, the choice to have the meal in front of the crackling (indoor) fire was perfect.  The rest of the weekend was a bit of a headscratcher, but we had our good times.  Hiking, for instance, was a wonderful, windy high point.  Being one with nature makes unity so much easier.

Children's PyramidI feel like there's been some progress with Laurel lately.  I think it often really helps me to just to vocalize the simple fact that I am struggling with something and then the fog lifts and an clearer path is revealed.  Turns out, as usual, it was the same path I was on the whole time.  Children really need to feel emotionally connected much of the time and I have been running a little low on that lately.  I'm thankful that some of my energy has been freed up from tossing and turning and back pain.

Willow had some anxiety around Thanksgiving, for a variety of reasons, and it was worst at night.  I don't often say things like that in a public way, but I think it helps to share some ways that we have dealt with it.  We did talk about it some and Willow did share some honest feelings.  Time to play in a stress-free environment is one, and another would be carefully guarding quiet time when we have guests.  We all need time to recharge, after all.  We've been reading the stories about worry and nightmares from Healing Stories for Challenging Behaviour this week, as well.  The main two have been "God's Garden" and "The Sky's Blue Cloak."  Those have wonderful imagery that would help to set anyone right.  Maybe they have been helping me, too?

You can see in the picture the Christmas pyramid I was able to get for the children.  Roan had admired it for years in this little tattered catalog he has.  It arrived damaged and the kind people at The Wooden Wagon offered to swap it or give me a discount if I was able to repair it.  I was, blessedly, since no one really wants something so pretty to end up in the trash.  I asked if they would send the special candles I forgot to order, instead of a discount, and they did.  Two boxes!  How kind they were!   Now we are set for many Christmases of watching the propeller and these little figures spin round and round.  St. Nicholas will bring this special gift.


( 5 trees — Plant a Forest )
Nov. 28th, 2016 03:49 am (UTC)
I'm so glad to hear about your back and emotional energy! And progress with Laurel! I'm also seeing our kids becoming happier and less anxious as my physical and emotional health has been more balanced, and it's so nice.
Nov. 28th, 2016 11:38 am (UTC)
It is. If mama ain't happy/well/rested, ain't nobody happy. ;-)
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Dec. 2nd, 2016 09:32 am (UTC)
I'm excited to see it in action, though rather nervous about protecting it from Laurel. ;-) My back is troubling me again, but I have another massage today, so yay!
( 5 trees — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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