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Here’s a little update:
Abbey is on number 3 of chemo and it’s been tough. (She was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s, post here.) Chemo has been difficult for her. The week of chemo she is very sick, and the week after she’s at about 50%. She can get a little work finished that off week. We’ve tweaked some medication and she has figured out what works for her and what doesn’t (sometimes that’s accepting that nothing will work and it is what it is)-lots of fluids at the infusion center (which means lots of sitting alone in a chair in an ugly room), forcing herself to eat (finding those foods that aren’t disgusting to her), and then recovering gently. She has met or spoken with a few young women either farther along or all finished with the same diagnosis and everyone has been so wonderfully helpful and encouraging. And the generosity has been just so sweet-so much kind support and love and encouragement. Thank you for all your kind words here and on Instagram.
I’ve been well except for a few days after all the cancer, covid, mono month of October that I just crashed mentally, emotionally and physically. I told myself I was going to not get out of bed for a couple days on a slow weekend, and just drink water and never use a screen and just pray and read and care for myself. An at home restart, a recharge, a retreat, call it what you will. Well it lasted for two days, I did get out of bed of course, but I reset myself-in other words my plan worked. I felt refreshed and rehydrated, and ready to go again. I needed calm, and I needed the most basic self care, and I know most of you moms need days like that too, when you are overwhelmed with caring for others, split in so many ways, and in burnout mode. Sometimes I think being so needed, and busy, sets me on this autopilot that is not sustainable. Maybe there is a last straw that reminds us we must drink water, eat 3 square meals as day (in a seat, with a nice plate and place setting) and take the pace down quite a few notches to where life can be pleasant again and we don’t go off the rails, or else…the ship is going down. We are the ship! We must not go down. Most especially when the water is choppy out there.
I am having so much fun compiling new Christmas gift idea posts for everyone! (BUT just so you know there is NO decorating going on here until December…I can’t take that yet!) I miss so much buying for little ones that this is a way for me to get all that cuteness out of my system. Also coming soon…TEENAGERS. And COLLEGE KIDS. And YOUNG ADULTS. The ones that I’m sorry to say are so difficult to buy for-I did that hard work for you also. Don’t they want a new Thomas the Train anymore, or the latest American Girl doll? Why can’t they just make it easy!
Here’s a sneak peak of some great finds:
Janey (9) received this as a gift and LOVES it. She plays library alone and with her friends and it’s just the cutest thing.
An affordable neat collection of all the best racing cars-NOT overwhelming-I bought a couple of these for Patrick (13) when he was in quarantine and not feeling great and he had a good time putting them together.
My kids LOVED these kinds of books when they were little. We had a few over the years and they were always their favorites, even when they had memorized where all the items where.
Right now Janey and I and Patrick are listening to this on Audible before bed (because sometimes I am too tired to talk) and we are captivated. Adventurous, and easy to follow, it’s about a boy, Michael, who is swept overboard and must survive on an island with a fellow inhabitant, Kensuke.
I just finished this and it was really good. I’ve had trouble finishing books lately and this one had me right away, and I couldn’t put it down. It’s about two innocent teenage girls who fall into an abusive relationship with a teacher, that ends in a murder, a conviction and then the recovery after the wreckage for the survivors and their families. Sounds so uplifting I know! I usually don’t read crime-based fiction but this was much deeper and very well written.
Have you read anything great lately?