I work in public health and I didn’t start this stay-at-home stuff at home. I wasn’t approved to work from home until two weeks ago, so I was going into work each day while my family stayed home. The...
At my house, we live for "stay home days." Before we had to literally always stay home, we would say, "One more sleep until we get to stay home for two days!" We would all anxiously await Friday night,...
Captain’s Log, Quarantine Day Whatever: We have been confined to our home for approximately 945 days. Or a month. Or twelve years. I don’t even know anymore. The natives are restless. Skies are blue, sun is shining, birds are chirping,...

I Miss My Friends

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The other day I was set to post a rant to my Facebook community about how frustrating it is to see and hear that so many people still aren't getting the memo about staying home right now. Then I...
It was another ordinary day. I've lost count of the days to be honest, but I was in the kitchen with my teething baby making her a bottle, while consoling her. Suddenly the kids started yelling...
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A Holy Moment

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I sat there in the chair, hunched over needle and thread. Squinting through fuzzy white hairs at the stuffing that peeked out of the tear, just at the seam of the arm. The head of the needle hit its...

I Take My Medicine

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Major depressive disorder is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. It affects more than 16.1 million American adults. Depression doesn’t know bias, it doesn’t care if you have beautiful and happy children, or if you have already...
As I unwrapped a recent shipment of art pieces I ordered in January for my shop, I was caught off guard by my emotions. When I placed the order, I could have never guessed how profound a meaning...

Learning From Loss

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I had planned to write about something completely different, but it feels wrong to not write about the one thing I cannot get off my mind. You see, about the time I started to write this blog, I lost...
Connections. That could be my word for the past five years. When I became pregnant with my daughter, I realized that I needed to make some major changes within myself. Until that point, I had always had difficulty maintaining...
When the school where I work sent an email plea asking for "host families" for a group of middle-school-aged Chinese students coming to visit our campus, I felt nervous and hesitant. What will the student think of our always-messy home?  What...
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Investing in Me

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This feels like such a weird post to write. First of all, I am by no means an expert in this subject. In fact, I’m coming to you as a novice in the matter, really. We all know self-care...

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75+ Fun Family Activities in Knoxville

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Looking at ways to entertain the kids? Look no further than our 75+ Fun Family Activities in Knoxville! From museums to cooking classes, we've...
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