As we begin this blog series covering skills for managing life when it’s overwhelming, I want to start with the most important skill you can add to your toolbox. This skill increases the effectiveness of every other skill or tool for managing when life is overwhelming. It’s truly foundational to everything else […]
The sad truth is that at some point in life all of us are going to be blindsided by some form of grief and overwhelm. You might have a child who is struggling in potentially disastrous ways, you might have suddenly lost someone you love very much or perhaps a job you were counting on […]
Welcome to my new studio!
Can you tell that I have absolutely no idea how to pose myself?! Hahaha
After 6 years of working out of a small, dark office/studio space in the corner of my bedroom, I decided to act on a friend’s idea of turning a […]
It is my privilege today to publish a guest post from a long-time online friend. I first “met” Cinnamon in the homeschooling, large family blog niche, where we both blogged almost 10 years ago now.
We have a lot in common… large families (she has 11, I have 12 children), we both homeschooled for many years, […]
Today I am honored to publish a post written by a much respected friend. She has (understandably) requested to remain anonymous.
“Life will be so much sweeter on the other side of your divorce,” my new friend assured me with great tenderness. She escaped an abusive marriage over 20 years ago and is […]
It’s that time of year again. Here in the US, kids are getting out of school for the summer. My newsfeed is filled with summertime bucket list posts.
Summertime can be hard
I’ll just say it: summertime can be hard and overwhelming.
I adore my children- all 12 of them (the 6 youngest are still living at home). […]
The screen door squeaked as I quietly slipped out back door from the kitchen of our old farmhouse, to the humid summer sunrise. I wiped tears from my eyes and tried to be quiet, hoping that my children would sleep just a few more minutes.
My Converses were already wet from the […]
As a single mom of a large family, and as a person learning to live with and manage Complex PTSD, I’ll admit that I’ve laughed at some recent articles I’ve read about “self-care.”
I continue to be drawn to articles on self-care though, hoping to find some elusive answer which doesn’t involve candle-lit […]
This past week has been overwhelmingly difficult.
Please remind me that You see me, that you grieve with me.
I have been blindsided, in the worst of ways.
I’m so thankful that You are not overwhelmed by my situation, nor are You disappointed in my weakness.
You love me […]