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November 18, 2019

Well, hello friends. It's been awhile!

These past few weeks have brought questions of mental health back to the forefront of my life, with more hands-on practice of my coping strategies than I've needed in quite a while.

It's not unusual for me to experience three to f...

October 22, 2018

In my last post, I shared a little about a day in the life of bipolar II depression. For those who don't know, bipolar II disorder is characterized by long periods of depression punctuated with brief, hypomanic upswings. (Hypo = less than; meaning that these episodes a...

August 19, 2018

It's Saturday morning, and I slowly awake at 9:30 a.m. It's my turn to sleep in, so hubby has been up with the girls for three and a half hours already. He's sneaking into our room to get ready to take them out for a walk to the playground, graciously allowing me anoth...

August 5, 2018

"Guess what, Daddy? I cooked dinner! Well, Mommy helped..." (Nataja, age 5)

Maria Montessori, one of the most well-known education reformers of our time, was passionate about the idea that children learn best when engaged in real work with real tools... with proper safe...

August 5, 2018

"Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you," (1 Peter 5:7).

My eldest daughter just turned five years old. She still has that total, childlike trust in Mommy and Daddy that most kids experience in the early season of life unless trauma or abuse have robbed i...

August 5, 2018

As a freshman in college, my dorm mates nicknamed me "the closed door." My boss recently described me as "someone who holds her cards close to her chest." I even wrote a song with the chorus, "Did I say too much?"

So, yes. The thought of starting a personal bl...

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