exhaustion

What You Need to Know About Burnout From a Single Parent

When I was in graduate school, I remember constantly hearing the burnout statistics for teachers. I don’t remember what they were then, but they weren’t good. Most people entering the profession weren’t staying longer than three years. I was determined to do better. And then I found myself resigning after two years; teaching for a…

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For When Grief Hits You From Out of Nowhere

It’s been almost four years since my husband died. I’m mostly doing great. I still get sad sometimes. Other times I’m disappointed or angry that this is my real life. But, on the whole, life is good. We’ve found new routines and ways of doing things. We feel settled. I skirt the edge of grieving,…

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31 Days of Celebrating Real Life [10/6/15]

There’s something really comforting about looking in the rear view mirror and seeing these two faces. When we are in the car together, I feel like our world is insulated a bit. My favorite part of car rides is when they are singing or chatting together. Caleb is constantly making Libby laugh.

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Widowhood is Lonely (and a Plea For Single Parents)

I read this post today and wanted to jump up and down, shouting to the world that somebody put my feelings into words. The author, a single mom to a preschooler, expresses the paradox of single parenting: everyone knows it takes a village to parent, but not many people are willing to step out of…

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Dear New Mom: ???

Losing my mind. Had a great idea for a post, but it’s gone now. Actually, I had it completely written out it my head and it’s turned to brain dust. I was a bit flighty before pregnancy, but being a mom has elevated confusion and forgetfulness to a whole new level. I know you can…

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The Trouble With Grief

My mom snuck this picture some time this evening. You can’t even begin to guess how exhausted I am. Even my glasses are tired. I’ve been laying in this recliner (it’s the most comfortable one on earth) with a warm and sleepy baby on my chest and I just can’t manage to get to sleep….

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