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Sunday, October 2, 2011

"God Grant me the Serenity...."

"....to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference. 

Dear readers! What a few months it has been! I hardly know where to begin except with the obvious; which is that I've had a really rough few months. Unfortunately, I seem to have developed frequent and persistent migraines, which has been a shock, and a great source of stress for me. I've learned to depend on myself being healthy, and always brimming with energy; and this disorder has taken me down a peg; in fact; it's taken me down all the pegs; and I'm learning how to adapt. I've tried not to dwell on the "why me's"; knowing that so many other people are dealing with things that are far more dire; but I do have moments where I wonder why this has befallen me at this point in my life. I now cannot push myself; because even one late night triggers migraines; so I'm learning to let things go and not be so hard on myself. I am not Superwoman, despite evidence to the contrary, and I'm learning to pace myself. I've had a lot of moments of feeling useless lately; and it's something I never thought I'd need to grapple with. I've realized that I am NOT in charge, and I don't know what the future will bring. I always say that human beings have an endless capacity for adapting to any circumstance; and although I don't want to have to deal with this, I have certainly learned to adapt as well as I can. 

My new hairdo is courtesy of a very vivid dream; which I had during one of my most severe migraines; in which I dreamed that I was supposed to have a 1930's style bobbed haircut...as soon as I was up out of bed, still fuzzy from the migraine, I cut my hair with my sewing scissors! Not something I would recommend, but it made sense to me at the time! I think I really just wanted to do something drastic, like a Medieval warrior preparing for battle; and a battle it has been. 

In the midst of all these life-changes; my children have started school, which means I'm on the go go all day. I don't have a minute to spare most of the time, and I've taken steps to simplify my routine that have been absolutely essential in keeping on schedule. I will be sharing these updates, shortcuts, and new easy fashions in the weeks to come; I have neglected my blog all summer, and it's about time to get on the ball. 

The first exciting thing of the fall I have to look forward to is an upcoming weekend trip with James to a historical inn a few hours from our house. It's the first time we've ever gone away overnight without our children, and we are really looking forward to this long-overdue trip! I hope to have a relaxing time which my boys spend time with their aunts and uncle. 

It's a new day, Happy Monday and Happy Autumn!


  1. Your new hair is so cute! I'm so sorry to hear about your migraines, my BFF has struggled for years, and I hope you find a medication to give you some relief, and soon. And congrats on the vacation - my last one without the kiddos was in 1998!

  2. Love the Haircut! I've struggled with the discovery that I could no longer be super woman. when I was diagnosed with MS and had to take care of me, something completely alien to me, I was devastated and uncomfortable accepting help. ASK FOR HELP!! Cook when you feel good, have the older boys make salads, washing a load of towels can be a tween job. If you are a control freak like I am, it won't be easy.
    Ask the parents of your kid's friends if they could bring them home from school. I use to bring a kid home with me to do homework because his mom was so overwhelmed. People like to help!

    Have a nice time with James and try to relax! Maybe a massage...

  3. Thanks Rhea and Mary Beth, I have been lucky enough to find a medication that knocks out the migraine, but it does leave me with some bad side effects. I AM a control freak; I only just realized this after my husband volunteered to do all the shipping for my business, and I kept coming up with reasons why no one but me could package things? Of course it was silly, armed with a packing slip, ANYONE can do my shipping, but it's hard for me to not oversee every moment of my day. I'm learning to let go, but it's hard. Hiring a cleaning service and using my crockpot have been life savers. I'm still dealing with becoming accustomed to needing sleep...what a change for me!