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Plenty of teeth October 27, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shanna @ 2:21 pm

But even though there were plenty of teeth in the grin, there was no heart. (from Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer)

 

 

How small October 16, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 11:46 pm

A person’s a person, no matter how small.

(from Horton Hears A Who by Dr. Seuss)

Yesterday was National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. My MOPS group got together last night to remember babies lost to miscarriage, stillbirth, abortion, ectopic pregnancy, and SIDS. We lit candles for our babies, hugged, cried, sang. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for years. I feel like, especially in the case of miscarriage or abortion, society doesn’t give the parents much room to grieve. There is the feeling that, since you didn’t really know this little person, it shouldn’t be all that painful. I think what people who have never experienced it don’t understand is that, when you lose a baby, you not only lose the person but all the hopes and dreams you had for that baby’s future. You look into your future and you think about the milestones you looked forward to that you now don’t get to celebrate. There can also be a tremendous amount of confusion and guilt associated with any of the above-mentioned losses. You wonder if you did something wrong, ate something wrong, passed on a bad gene, took too hot of a bath, made the wrong choice. That sort of guilt heaped on top of pain and then dealt with in such a secret way (because it’s not that acceptable to publicly grieve many of these events) can take a long time for a person to sort out. It can take a while to heal. So, I was really proud of our group for getting together a simple time to just give people room to feel what they feel, to acknowledge their losses and to offer support. I felt like it was really important.

Maybe you will read this and wonder why I am posting about it here. Maybe it makes no sense to you at all. I’m posting it because, if you are one of those people who grieves in a secret place, I really want you to know that you’re not alone. It’s been five years since our miscarriage but I have not forgotten what that felt like, the shock of it, the embarrassment, the questions, and then the time when I realized everyone expected me to have moved on whether I was really ready to or not. You are not alone. I read yesterday that one in four women have experienced a pregnancy or early infant loss. And, if you are a person who has not experienced this, I want you to see it from the point of view of someone who has. I want you to know that every year on Mother’s Day, there are women crying in the bathrooms of their churches because they are heartbroken. Maybe, in knowing that, you could find a way to offer some support. You have no idea how much it helps when someone just gives a parent permission to grieve a short life.

Thanks for listening.

 

The more you learn October 12, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 4:37 pm

The more that your read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. (from I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! by Dr Seuss)

Oh, my goodness. I cannot believe how long it’s been since I’ve blogged. I’m so sorry. I will try, try, try to get back on track. Thank you for your patience. I’ve been busy with many things (most notably, my two small children) and I just wanted to hop on over here to the blog and tell you about one of them.

I’ve mentioned before that the thing I’m most embarrassed about is that I didn’t go to college. After I admitted that here on the blog, I had some very kind encouragement from some of my amazing friends. Sometimes it’s really good to just say the things that weigh on you, especially if you have really good friends. Anyway, I’ve thought about going back to school a couple of times, even went as far as taking the ACT and going through the admissions process at a local university several years ago. But when I saw how much it was going to cost, I just couldn’t do it. I love to learn. I love to read. I would love a college education just to be a better citizen, a good conversationalist, a smarter mama. But I’m not planning on earning any money as the result of a degree, so the extreme expense of a college education is just not okay for my situation. I would much rather save what extra money I can scrape up for my kids to go to college.

So, what’s a mama to do when she wants to learn and have the value of education but doesn’t need the expense or even the degree? Enter Open Culture. Have you heard of this, reader? From OpenCulture.com, you can follow links to HUNDREDS of FREE online courses from top universities. You do not earn credit for these courses, but you can watch all of the lectures for free and have free access to all course materials. I am taking a course on the American Revolution from Yale and was able to find all of the books for the course at my public library. It’s so much fun. My husband has even started watching the lectures with me some evenings after the kids are in bed.

I was so inspired last year by my friend Amy, and her family. When her son, Liam, was fighting leukemia, they decided to do three things every day. 1. Learn something. 2. Make something. 3. Love somebody. How amazing is that? Her family’s story has inspired a lot of people, including me. I have tried to be much more intentional about loving people. I am enjoying this Open Culture approach to learning. As far as making something? We’ll get there. I believe so strongly that we should never stop learning, so if you are in a place where you just need a learning boost, try Open Culture. You’ll love it.

 

Someone to share in an adventure October 7, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shanna @ 11:55 am

I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it’s very difficult to find anyone. (from The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien)