Category: Musings & Thoughts

The holiday season is upon us. This year, Wanderstead Husband and I have made a vow to truly limit the number of items purchased and really focus on homemade and quality or unique items.

In an effort to both lower our financial footprint, but also simplify and focus more on the spirit of the season, we have both begun working on projects and gifts for loved ones.

However, I know I will be purchasing some things.

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There are times in which I just need a bit of a reset. Sometimes, when the world seems to be closing in, when I am feeling overwhelmed, it becomes evident that an escape is much needed.

Perhaps it’s a recharge. Others may refer to it as running away.

Either way, it’s for my sanity. And for my family. I think that sometimes we, as a family – a culture -, get so caught up in the chaos that is everyday life and we forget what WE need to be a successful,

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Bzzzzz……Bzzzzz…..Bzzzz

Groggily I rolled over, wondering why my alarm on my phone was on the other side of the room. As I sat up, I realized the sound was not coming from my phone, but from Wanderstead Husband’s. He too was in a bit of a daze, but picked up the ringing phone, wondering who could possibly be on the other end at this hour.

I glanced at my phone. 3:04.

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This morning was cold. As I rolled out of bed at my new normal time of 4 AM, I realized that chill in the air wasn’t due to the overhead ceiling fan being on. I blindly opened the closet, trying to stay quiet, as the little one had come to our bed during the night and was sleeping soundly. I reached for the empty space where my long, fuzzy robe usually hangs, only to find it gone –

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This week I have started a new routine. I get up at 4:00 AM to drag myself out of bed and get upstairs to work on the blog for a few hours before heading off to work. It’s so quiet up in our loft at that time. And oddly enough, I feel so productive and not nearly as tired as I would have thought. 

It’s funny, but many of my family members are extreme early risers,

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On what would have been my father’s 60th birthday, I wrote this on a whim, but felt it was more appropriate to be shared on Father’s Day. 

Our last visit was right around this time of year, about three months before he died. Ten years ago. Until we had that visit, it had been well over ten years since the previous visit. Like ships passing in the night. 

Except I was a kid.

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