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Aug 28

Summer 2018 retrospective

It was a weird sort of summer for us. Jessie had a ton of homework, and several scheduling snafus that led to her doing an enormous amount of work for a class she won’t take until next year.  Sam announced happily that he’s ready to think about going back to school, and Julie spent an …

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Jul 05

Samuel Earl – on the eve of his 12th birthday

I don’t believe he’s going to be twelve years old. When I look back over the past twelve years, I find myself thinking about how I’m never quite sure what I’m doing with Sam.  He was my first natural birth, because Jessie was a c-section, and I had no idea how to push.  Everyone kept …

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Jul 04

Heat Wave

We don’t handle the heat well. I mean, we try.  But my family is not one that enjoys weather extremes.  We are made for the in-between seasons, balmy spring days, when the leaves are just poking out and the air finally feels warm after months of icy hell.  Pumpkins and cranberries, when the foliage is …

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May 31

End of the Year 2018

It’s been an interesting school year. A year of huge changes for Jessica.  She started off her year with a concussion that took an unreasonably long time to go away.  She then fell, injuring her knee which led to near constant pain and a diagnosis of Osgood Schlatter disease.  She was just barely off the …

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May 20

Nobody said it would be easy

Although for a long, long time, it was.  We were broke, all the time, and we struggled with scheduling and had only one car.  Our place was too small, and the kids were everywhere, and there was SO.MUCH.STUFF. But even with that, I still knew that we were ridiculously lucky.  All of the kids were …

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May 01

Sadness

I’m just sad today. Sam’s sick today, was throwing up last night, and is still asleep in the living room.  He was throwing up a few weeks ago too, and even though Marc is convinced it’s just a random run of the mill virus, nothing to worry about, a part of me is convinced that …

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Apr 30

My Julianna – 8 years old

Each child is different, and each one brings their own magic into the mix.  Julianna completed our family, in a way that is utterly perfect and exactly what I would have hoped for. Her pregnancy was a family affair.  Sam, Jessie and Marc used to come to the bathroom and Marc would hold my hair, …

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Apr 20

Celiac’s Disease

I was writing a lovely little post about April vacation.  We did a little walking, a little hiking, a little cooking.  A little hanging out, a little rearranging.  A little homeschooling, because it’s not vacation for Sam, and then it all came screaming to a halt on Wednesday afternoon. A few weeks ago, Jessie had …

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Apr 13

What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger

There’s a book I’ve been waiting to read (it’s on hold at the library) and it’s called “Everything happens for a reason and other lies I’ve loved.”  I’d want it for the title alone. But there’s another platitude that I hear a lot, and it’s that whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.  That’s not …

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Apr 12

Hospital visits

Jessie had an endoscopy yesterday afternoon.  We did allergy testing a few weeks ago and her celiac panel came back with elevated numbers.  The only way to rule out celiac is to do the biopsies and the only way to get the samples is to do the scope. We had to go into Boston for …

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