24 January 2016

Some of my favorite things

I'm not even going to apologize for being so absent here lately. It is what it is. And here's the thing… I'm thinking about decommissioning this space. At the very least I'm going to make it private because when I googled my name it was one of the first things to pop up. I am a little leery keeping my life quite so public for clients to find at a whim. So, I'll keep you posted. For now I'm going to share some of my favorite things I'm enjoying these days. 

First up: My homemade flax seed pillow. If you don't have one of these, you're missing out. Last year for Christmas I made one for each of the kids. We called them bed buddies and they help keep them warm as they're falling asleep. I had some leftover flax seeds and I always have fabric. One night I had some ache or I was cold so I made this beaut. It doesn't look like much but you pop it in the microwave for a minute or two and it feels miraculous. Some specs:  it's probably about two pounds of seeds in a double thick pillow that measures 10ish" x 10ish". I made the ones for the kids much smaller. 

Next:  I found this gem in the country of Mexico in the Epcot world showcase. It is my favorite and most used souvenir from the trip. Day of the dead water cup makes me happy. Also, it's a tervis cup which means it doesn't spill easily, it can hold hot or cold drinks, and it has a lifetime guarantee. 

Next:  For several years I've been battling some significant fatigue. Coupled with depression, weight gain, and a few other symptoms I was finally at my wits end. I went to the doctor and she put me through a battery of blood tests. It turns out my B12 levels were significantly depleted. So I'm now on a high dose B12 vitamin to see if it helps restore my levels or if I'm having trouble absorbing it. To be honest, I think it's helping but we'll see in a month. 

Next:  I'm geeking out over this book for my current class. Good stuff. I mean terrible stuff but good things to know. 

Next:  I found this stuff, on sale, at Target and thought I would try it. It's my absolute favorite. I shower like normal but then turn off the water to use this stuff every time I shower. I rinse, then I let my skin air dry. I have the worst dry skin and wintertime is normally awful but not this year. If I could buy a case of it, I would. 

Next:  I decided to make baking something new every week a goal of mine as some soul care. I love baking and I miss just doing it because I love it. Here's my latest Saturday baking item: Kugelhopf. 

There you go. What are some of your favorite things right now? 

14 December 2015

Friday Gifts 3.0 (late, as per usual)

486.  A new pup.  He's a pain in the butt but so loved and part of the family already.
487.  Grace from my professor.
488.  Kids who step up to help more than is normal but is oh so necessary.
489.  Movies on a Sunday afternoon.
490.  "It's a Wonderful Life".  It hits closer and closer to home every year.
491.  Countdown to Disney!
492.  Fourth graduate school class finished.
493.  One more class period until five are done!!!
494.  Surviving the first semester of grad school.
495.  Allergy medicine.
496.  Rain.
497.  Planning for Disney and Harry Potter world.
498.  A fun and exciting Christmas vacation.
499.  Not buying gifts for Christmas.  It is amazing how much stress this alleviates.
500.  Advent time with the kids learning about origins of Christmas hymns.
501.  Provision.
502.  Giggles from Clementine.
503.  Belly laughs from Bea.
504.  Tesla "defending" the girls when Daddy wrestles with them.
505.  Being able to start talking to my boy and oldest girl about grown up things and having them understand and take it in like bosses.
506.  Beautiful weather.
507.  Being known.
508.  A surprising gift.
509.  Time for my man to fill up his soul.
510.  My flax seed pillow.  

04 December 2015

Friday Gifts 3.0

466.  Vintage Christmas ball ornaments. 
467.  Vintage Dr. Pepper wooden crate, found in our basement. Free!!
468.  Little things that bring warmth, character, personality, and coziness to our home. 
469.  Adopting a dog. 
470.  Being able to be a rescuer. 
471.  Thanksgiving with family. 
472.  Kids being kids with other kids. So simple. So important. 
473.  My sweet Sisters in law. 
474.  Safety on the road. 
475.  Catching up with old friends. 
476.  Advent with the kids. 
477.  Disney World over Christmas. A humbling and exciting gift from my parents. 
478.  The excitement of the kids. 
479.  Experiences over things. 
480.  Christmas decorations in the form of nativities and pretties. 
481.  Not putting up s Christmas tree. I'm exhausted, y'all. 
482.  Breakfast with a bestie of 20+ years. 
483.  Catching up with an old friend on my increasingly brutal drive home on Thursdays. 
484.  Downtown Christmas decorations. 
485.  Probiotics. 

17 November 2015

Whatever Day I Feel Like Posting Gifts 3.0 (HA!)

446.  Dinner and time with good friends.
447.  Sharing life with people who know and love us.
448.  Lasting friendships.
449.  Friends who let our three year old climb into bed with them because she's a ninja who snuck right past our bed and upstairs in an unfamiliar house.
450.  An internship and job lined up.
451.  My husband, doing more things than he signed up for but he actually did sign up for because he vowed to love and support me and that's what it looks like sometimes.
452.  That I live a free life, in spite of what many would like to tell me, I'm super lucky to live in this country with all of its flaws.
453.  Women who love Jesus and have a voice in media and social media.
454.  The Holy Spirit speaking in tiny but hugely impactful ways.
455.  An allergist appointment.
456.  Not getting definitive news but ruling some things out.
457.  Being able to mourn the loss of things I love.
458.  Changing up my diet to help my gut.
459.  Daniel and the kids' support in helping my gut.
460.  That it is in my kids' vocabulary that their guts need help being healthy too.
461.  Four more class periods for one class, three for another and my first semester of grad school is over!
462.  Checking things off the list one at a time.
463.  Being able to have conversations with my big kids about big kid stuff and realizing how quickly their minds are changing and how much they "get".
464.  Daniel's hard work.
465.  Eggs.  

01 November 2015

Friday Gifts 3.0

431.  Cooler weather. 
432.  Grey days, though just not too many. 
433.  A full pantry and freezers. 
434.  Naps. 
435.  Shorter hair. 
436.  More samples. 
437.  New customers. 
438.  Open communication with Daniel. 
439.  That we're on the same page. 
440.  Hard decisions. 
441.  Listening to the Lord and our guts. 
442.  Trust. 
443.  Getting to discuss my family with my parents. 
444.  Hearing stories about my grandparents and my parents' childhoods I had never known. 
445.  Daniel and how he honors our vows. 

26 October 2015

Friday(ish) Gifts 3.0

401.  Hay rides with friends.
402.  Sleepovers with the kids' friends.
403.  That our home is open to whoever, whenever regardless of cleanliness level.
404.  Having lunch with the big kids.
405.  Finishing a paper with time to spare, barely.
406.  Embracing my sprinter/procrastinator nature.
407.  Working well under pressure.
408.  Good parent/teacher conferences for all four kiddos.
409.  Our little community.
410.  Good friends.
411.  A haircut.
412.  Doing whatever I can to get to the bottom of what is causing my exhaustion.
413. Daniel's willingness to attend a marriage seminar so that I can become certified in the method next year.
414.  Time alone with Daniel.
415.  The Keeper of The Plains at night.
416.  Coffee.
417.  Awesome thrift store finds.
419.  115 year old doors, back in their right place with peacock blue paint!
420.  Dia de los muertos decoration for the door!
421.  Finishing the Trauma class.
422.  Straight As as a grad student.  Holla!
423.  A new class, intergenerational studies.
424.  Being a guinea pig in class.
425.  Seeing my genogram and drawing some similarities and conclusions about my family.
426.  My cohort and professor being gentle with me.
427.  Grandparents.
428.  A new opportunity to practice Spanish with other therapists!  Yay!
429.  Gearing up for clinical placement.  Yikes!
430.  Sleep.  And a husband willing to bear all the responsibilities so I can sleep and stave off sickness.    

14 October 2015

This space has been pretty quiet lately.  I'm still trying to keep up with my Friday Gifts posts but everything else has sort of fallen by the wayside.  I am fully in the crazy grad school student/wife/mother explosion that is life.  Life is busy and full and nuts and sometimes too much but, for the most part, good.

School for me has been interesting the last two months or so.  I'm in a class on Emotion, Attachment, and Trauma.  It's been a tough class. Tomorrow is the last time we meet, and I can officially say I am more than ready to take a break from learning about trauma and how it changes the brain.  You guys, I know I'm probably going to encounter people in my practice who have experienced trauma.  I cannot say that's one of the things I'm more excited about because it is so hard to know how terrible the world is on an individual level.  On the other hand, there is so much great research and methodology that treating trauma just continues to improve.  It's hard, though, to not see trauma everywhere I look.  It's time for my brain to take a break from this subject for a while so I'm on to Intergenerational Studies next.  Look out Smith and Madgwick families, no one is safe from my questions.  ;)

Daniel has done so much to make the transition for me a little smoother.  My program is a 60 hour program compared to a normal master's which is usually between 30-36 hours.  This means my time is sacred and crammed.  Luckily I seem to do better when I have a longer more pressing to-do list, although the thing that keeps taking a back seat is my own health, mental and physical and spiritual.  I was doing yoga this morning and while I don't buy into much of what yogis espouse, I was struck by something she said today.  It was something along the lines of find a truth in your life and concentrate on it.  I have a lot of truths in my life.  One I've been neglecting is that my body, my whole person is important and I have to take care of it.  This seems like such elementary stuff but for years I have taken a back seat to everyone and everything else around me.  It is such a struggle for me to be "ok" with taking care of myself.  How dumb is that?  So, I'm trying to be more proactive in saying things to myself like, "you are important", "taking care of you body is healthy and necessary", "nurturing yourself is good for the whole family".  Who knows, maybe eventually one of those will stick.