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Mud pie, with dandelion

V made dinner all by herself this afternoon. Yep.

She made me a mud pie, with dandelion.

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And with that, a spot of sweetmud rain tea.

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It's been raining a lot here lately, in more ways than one.

While I'm very pleased that the lakes and rivers in Georgia are much higher than I've seen them in a couple of years, it's really very sucky to lose your job. It was a part-time, work at home job as an editor for a Christian ministry that I held for almost five years. They are millions of dollars behind on their donations.

Also, a family member's pay has been cut in an effort to keep the company in business through this chaos and that person is coming to live in our basement for a while. A few months ago that was us. Though I'm worried about pretty much everything these days, I am happy that we are able to offer the space.

R and I are dedicated to each other, dedicated to me staying home with V, dedicated to homeschooling her. We may have to roll up our sleeves and get our hands a bit more dirty than usual, but that's okay.

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We must continue to keep our chins up and remember the important things.

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We must bloom where we're planted. We must not waste what we have, this life we have. We must keep calm and carry on.

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And you, dear and gentle reader, do you have any keeping calm and carrying on tips for me? I would love to hear them. Or if you need to share the rain falling in your own life, please feel free. We're all in this thing together, aren't we?


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spread your wings

this is a very lovely post. Just as V made a beautiful offering out of all the rain, so have you. I feel sure you and your sweet family will be fine through it all.


just breathe. :)

when you're worried or anxious, deep pilates breathing (letting your breath expand your rib cage out to the side and both front and back), helps a lot.

her offerings actually look kind of good! chocolatey!

The NON-Superwoman

I need some tips for keeping calm and carrying on. I'll be back to hear them. Love this sweet post. Such a lovely reminder to bloom where you are planted. Trusting that your gifts and talents will make room for you and offer an opportunity that affords you to stick to your homeschooling commitment.

Lisa Renata

sit. cross your legs. relax. and think of all the wonderful things and people you are surrounded by. Especially V and R. write it down if you need to. I know, it is easier said than done.

By the way, love the mud party you had with V. (If only I was not such a clean freak.) I have to let baby A and little R enjoy the mud one of these days. Yup, one of these days...Ohhhh, its so much easier said than done!


Pray and keep faith


just remember what's important to you and keep your eyes on the goal post- this too shall pass. Good luck.


look into v's eyes...

know that you're not alone...



The "Keep Calm and Carry On" line has really been resonating with me(added an image to my sidebar last week about it when I was struggling with some stuff). For me, I just always try to look at my children, and remember that to my, my little family is precious and worth every challenge I go through to keep it stable, safe and happy. I did really love your line "We must bloom where we are planted." I may need to borrow that.


And thanks for the linky love! I'm honored!




*hugs* surround yourself with things and people that make you happy. If you can't do that everywhere, create a corner where the breeze can flow, where the colors saturate, and where you can stop for a minute and drink in the beauty of the crazy, complicated mess of nonsense that is life.

You? Are a rock. And you'll make it. And V? Will bloom into the pretty little thing she's already becoming, whether that be in rough times or good. Because the love that's watering her is far more important than anything else.

Love to you guys


I'm sorry to hear about the job loss. The chaos created keeps trickling down. Hopefully it will end soon. So nice of you to take in your family. What Elizabeth said - just breathe. Deep, cleansing breaths. And a glass of wine. And long walks - those are the best.

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Maya, I'm sorry to hear about these troubles. I'm afraid I have no tips. I'm not very good with stress. It's just a matter of one day at a time, I guess.


Oh how this resonates with me. This has been a particularly difficult week in my neck of the woods. So, I have had to do a lot of self calming.
I find that removing myself from a potentially volatile situation with my children is the best strategy. I have had to spend a lot of time in my room, or sitting in my favorite chair knitting, knitting, knitting. Oh, and breathing, a lot. ;)


When the "rain" comes, I take a deep breath...and I am a maker of lists! It always helps me to see things in black and white, written down, a pro/con list type thing!
Thinking in simple terms always helps me too, seeing the positive in our lives (love, health, closeness of our family, etc).
sending a virtual (((hug))) your way, hoping the sunshine will come again soon.


I'm a deep breath in and deep breath out girl. And a drive while listening to the radio loud while crying and laughing girl. Offering a bit of space to a family member is so kind. They are lucky to have you guys!

Monkey's Momma

Just Breathe!


Not that I follow this advice myself, because I am a very experienced worrier, but my MIL is a phobia aide at a phobia clinic and she always says not to do future thinking. Don't worry about what might be around the bend. Stay in the present.

Oh my gosh, V is the cutest little sweetie!


There is always an open window. I find really fast walking or running and some exercise really helps with working off steam. I'll send good thoughts your way.


When I was in my 20's, I got laid off 3 times in a row. What I realized in retrospect was that each time was like someone giving me a subtle nudge down a path that I wouldn't have otherwise discovered and for which I'm hugely thankful for. Take this time to reflect on what you really want to do -- maybe it's your photographs! :). This bump in the road will prove to be a blessing someday. Just trust it!

Paul U

she is trying to expressed herself!


I'm sorry to hear you lost your job. But I'm glad that you can offer some help to a family member.

renee @ FIMBY

I don't have anything encouraging to say except I love your new banner. Yarn, it gets me every time. And your mud is red in Georgia!



Sit somewhere comfortable. Preferably on the floor, so you can connect to the deep, solid foundation that is the earth. Close your eyes. Take a deep inhale through your nose. Exhale, long and slow, and let all thoughts just drift away, like balloons into the sky. Inhale and grow roots deep into the earth. Exhale and let your spine grow upright, like the stem of a flower or the trunk of a tree. Inhale and let the crown of the rise into the sky. Exhale and drop the chin slightly. Keep breathing full and deep and exhale completely. When a though pops in (and they will) just let it float away on the exhale. Just keep breathing. Be aware of your body and your connection to the earth and your connection to the sky and all things around you. Just be. No thoughts, no worries, no judgments, no expectations. Just be the perfect being that you are and radiate your light. When you are ready slowly open your eyes. Take a moment to pause and have a moment of gratitude. Stretch. Get up slowly. Keep shining!


Sometimes getting out of town for a few days makes me realize how good I have it back home.

(Suggestion: Come to Louisiana later this month and photograph my wedding! =D lol.)

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