I'm wife to J. and mommy to little girl L. and little dog O. We currently live in a house with a yard and a little garden in South Texas. We used to live on a sailboat in the Pacific Northwest and plan to live aboard again when the time is right. For now we're enjoying the warm weather and we sail whenever we get the chance.
I write this blog because it keeps me sane. It helps me process the challenging parts of life and motherhood and preserve and savor the sweet moments. From time to time I'll write about my experience with depression, anxiety, and post-partum depression. Sometimes I struggle with feeling like I write too much about the difficult stuff...but I always feel better when I do.
I just try to find a happy balance. I like to keep things simple.
That goes for everything. I try to balance my sense of self while discovering who I am as a mother and partner. I try to be the best mother and partner I can be...and accept that my best is good enough. Even though I want to be that fictional mom and wife who makes everything from scratch and sews and decorates and still has time to run a marathon and curl her hair, I settle for being a mom who makes her own yogurt but buys bread most of the time. I try to shower if I get stinky. Sometimes my hair curls itself.
I never envisioned myself as a stay-at-home-mom. But it's where I'm happy right now. I try not to worry about when I'll go back to work and what I'll do. My college degrees are sitting on a shelf gathering dust. Perhaps I'll use them again, perhaps I'll try a new career. Who knows? For the time being I try not to be offended when people act surprised that I went to a good school (or that I went to school at all) and in my spare time I try to learn things I didn't learn in school. For example, how to sew and make play dough.
Anyhow, as I was saying. I'm enjoying staying home and I'm trying to make the most of my time with my daughter. I try to fill her days with interesting and stimulating activities. I try to encourage her imagination and her wonder of the world. I want her to grow up appreciating the little things like the zucchinis in our garden, dancing with her daddy, and a special skirt made (however imperfectly) with love by her mommy. I want her to know that mom is human too.
Periodically I include my favorite recipes and projects on this blog so I can find them again when I need them.
This blog is just a little snippet of our lives. I hope you find something that makes you smile.
If you're visiting for the first time, I suggest you start with these posts:
Who Am I and Why Am I Writing This?
I Am Proud to Be a Woman
Who Am I Now?
Things That Made Me Happy Today
Oh, and please don't use or reproduce anything from this blog without my permission. Just ask!
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