This Grateful Heart

Life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful

Let me explain something about having a child with cancer to you: everything is robbed from your child in some form or another. Friends, Halloween, Christmas, play dates, school. It’s all taken away at some point or another and in some form or another because we have to protect our children from germs, because if they catch the wrong germs during the worst part of treatment, they can die. My son was isolated from everyone except immediate family for an entire year. For parents whose children are going through chemo, the decision to send them to school is a momentous one. It requires a leap of faith and trust in the surrounding community, in your child’s teachers and administrators, and in the families sending their children to school. It requires herd immunity. Now, even though my son is now in a different class than your unvaccinated children, I get to worry about him using the communal bathroom, the playground, and even walking around the halls with them. If there is an outbreak of measles in, say, Austin this winter, I won’t know if you have relatives in Austin and went to go see those relatives for Uncle Bobby’s birthday. I won’t know if your child was exposed to measles at the Austin Chuck-E-Cheese and then showed up at school on Tuesday. Oh, I’m sure you’ll do your due diligence and call the school to inform everyone that your child has come down with a case of the measles once it appears, but, the damage is done—the exposure to my immunocompromised child has already happened. It’s too late. Your choice just earned him a ticket to the hospital. Your choice just earned him a lot of shots and more toxic drugs in the desperate effort to stave off whatever disease your unvaccinated child passed to him. If, God forbid, he does come down with that disease, your choice just earned him a trip to the Pediatric ICU for a while—days, maybe weeks. Your choice may cost us our son. Who knows—it depends on how his already stressed body handles everything.
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Parents Struggling With Boundaries

aneasyworld:

Fucking excellent (and brilliantly timed) article from Janet this week. So very very true.

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I just love you mamas

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In Search of True Foods | Yoga, Outdoors, Ocean, Hiking, Fitness. Mom and Wife. Food Lover. Raising a little pipsqueak and learning how to feed a family. Hungry for true foods: unadulterated, ancient, healthful, organic. These are the notes from my kitchen.

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Ok Folks. I’m doing it. Finally moving over to wordpress with my food blog. I could really use some support and encouragement over there! Please come and check it out!

Leaving the Anti-Vaccine Movement

naturalmomma:

My story was published at Voices For Vaccines. Check it out! :)

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Little beetles play space

Big daddy would prefer toys to be in a toy box in her room, but what’s the fun in that?!

Looking forward to a lot of fun art projects to hang on our clothesline! View high resolution

Little beetles play space

Big daddy would prefer toys to be in a toy box in her room, but what’s the fun in that?!

Looking forward to a lot of fun art projects to hang on our clothesline!

Lucy’s Room!

So, in the next 6 months or so we are going to replace the rocking chair with something different and get her a toddler bed, but for now things are as complete as they are going to be. I’d also love to find some cool curtain tie backs (maybe rope with gold trim?)

Big thanks to Lucy’s Memaw for the awesome inspirational art! And to BD for helping me with the wall of bees!

Feeling Homey
Bit the bullet with our first art project. We had these simple record frames from ikea ($9 each? Something like that) and framed some starched hankies that were used as decor for our wedding reception. We had a somewhat limited selection so I tried to make the colors balance as best I could. Eventually I might replace a few of them after hitting up a few of the flea markets around here as they always have an incredible selection of cheap vintage hankies to chose from. Glad the first holes have been made. All this white was making me crazy!

Master bathroom reveal! Really in love with the tile in here. Was nervous about how “loud” it looked bit I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. Also— a barn door— such a terrific (and affordable) alternative to a pocket door! View high resolution

Master bathroom reveal! Really in love with the tile in here. Was nervous about how “loud” it looked bit I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. Also— a barn door— such a terrific (and affordable) alternative to a pocket door!

Major cooking dork alert— one of my favorite parts of the kitchen— built in knife and silverware drawer compartments. We went to a baby safety class when I was pregnant and the instructor told us to never have a knife block on the counter because little ones could climb up and grab them. We both thought that was a bit extreme, but loved the idea of knives safely tucked away in a childproof drawer and getting back the counter space View high resolution

Major cooking dork alert— one of my favorite parts of the kitchen— built in knife and silverware drawer compartments. We went to a baby safety class when I was pregnant and the instructor told us to never have a knife block on the counter because little ones could climb up and grab them. We both thought that was a bit extreme, but loved the idea of knives safely tucked away in a childproof drawer and getting back the counter space

1 room at a time. Yoga studio/office

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