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Catching You Up

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We had the stomach plague this past week. It incrementally swept over everyone except BabyLoves. Thank God for antibodies in breastmilk because my heart couldn’t have handled another sad pup puking. Nothing sadder than vomiting kids. Except maybe really bad captions on food photos. You decide.

Of course, I wasn’t actually with them while they were vomiting because I was in the midst of extraordinary sickness myself. I’ll spare you the details but suffice it to say, when I was blacked out on the bathroom floor with very cold feet, and came for one about thirty seconds in between sessions, I thought about this family. And what how to die gracefully. And how this didn’t count as dying. It only counted as seriously sick-ing. Nothing like perspective when you are really in your own personal low.

My one sister and mom and dad cared for us until they, too, fell victim! Then Bridget & Joe came in. Joe juggled for about 5 hours to keep the big kids happy and Bridget cleaned every dish in sight. Our second mom, Alice, dropped off two coolers of food and sweet Shea brought flowers. We were so loved!!

So the week has been a standstill of sorts. The virus gripped me badly enough to merit five full days of almost always in bed time, meaning lots of opportunity to do edits in my role as editor over at Blessed Is She. It gives me such thrills to add “m” dashes and capitalize personal pronouns for God and—I know. I’m a law review nerd forever. I’ll shut up now.

And speaking of Blessed is She, we’re selling a Lenten journal as the Advent one was such a smashing hit. All proceeds go to funding our costs of running the site and printing the books. It’s an all-volunteer staff over here of around 30 gals! Get the journal or the sale pack! It’s the daily readings listed with beautiful prompts and space to muse over them.


Before we got sick we had broken in our skates. By our I mean their.

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Having an almost 67 year old dad who plays hockey twice a week means my kids are hockey nuts.

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Did you hear her big news?? So thrilled for my girlfriend. And I’ve loved following another girlfriend’s journey at Alt Summit. Do you think I’ll ever be brave enough to go party with the big girls?

And if you are longing to lay in bed and watch netflix because it might take your mind of seas of sickness, I put out the word to my Facebook peoples and they made great recommendations! Take a gander. I went with Ever After because I love something I’ve already seen. I need suspense-free safe movies because I’m b-o-r-i-n-g.

But who is fav parent?

You guess.

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*amazon affiliate link so if you buy ever after i get like $.00001. so do it.


  1. Erica Saint on January 26, 2015 at 10:20 am

    I am glad you are feeling better. 🙂
    Ever After always make me laugh. I love it, but what is up with Drew Barrymore’s accent?

    • Natural Mama Nell on January 26, 2015 at 6:23 pm

      Oh thank you, my friend.

      Yeah, you’re SO RIGHT???

  2. Laurel on January 26, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    So glad things are turning around for you guys! That stuff is the worst!!

  3. Andrea on January 26, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    So so glad you are feeling better!! See, this is why we are friends: 1) I also can’t do suspenseful movies…. sometimes I have to go online and read how things end before I can watch them. O:) And 2) I have a serious affection for for em-dashes.

    • Natural Mama Nell on January 27, 2015 at 1:54 pm


  4. Amanda on January 27, 2015 at 9:59 am

    So glad you all have so much loving support during such a hard time but stink that your parents caught it too. It really is so very miserable but yay for taking a turn for the better!!!

  5. Ashley on February 1, 2015 at 8:13 am

    When you said em dash, my law review nerd (forever and ever Amen) heart lept! Almost akin to the joy of finding a mis-italicized period! 🙂

    • Natural Mama Nell on February 1, 2015 at 9:31 pm

      Haha!! Hello, sister after my own heart!!!