Whole Parenting Family

Sliding Back to Normal Life + New Project


It feels weird to be home and normal because it feels so home and normal. I was on the road for two weeks–first the Finding Your Fiat conference in Illinois, then a partial day home, then packed up the kids with my mom & sister and flew to New York to stay with my other sister and her family, then AA joined us and we all drove down to Virginia to see more family, joined by my dad, and other sister & spouse.




That’s the last few weeks in a nutshell. A very run-on sentence one. I posted a lot on instagram–things like how karaoke with Marie Miller is fabulous (especially when you’re singing uptown funk with Laura), NYC cousins make birthdays so much better, and that wearing a swimsuit at Coney Island when you feel body-ugh is fine. In Virginia we not only had a mini-family reunion but got to see close family friends perform (SweetPea’s first time seeing her Godfather play a live show!).

Now that we’re back home, and my life-bending hyperemesis appears *hold your breath* appears to be abated somewhat, we can actually go places! And do things! And I can cook! And eat a little!

Mostly we spend our mornings playing around the house, listening to Story of the World, playing with hieroglyphic stamps, and occasionally enduring screams of shock and awe that someone disrupted their masterpiece of toilet paper carefully shredded to “feed” their dollies.

AA is marathon training again but this time I’m not only the one who suggested it (okay, I did the last time too) but I’m mentally and emotionally prepared for the long long runs and the constancy of the training. This morning when the tot woke up at 5am and refused to go back to sleep, I gritted my teeth that AA wasn’t here to help make him to go to sleep until 7am!!!!! and then realized that I probably had to be the parent to do it anyway as he was crying for me. Lessons, people, I’m learning fortitude somehow.

finding your fiat

NEW project is that Blessed is She, the Catholic women’s ministry I manage the devotional writers for, now offers a membership feature.

And Jenna and I have been concocting this for so so long! Mostly her, with me listening, really, but it’s happening! The content is so quality and so awesome and just so needed. {here we are at the Finding Your Fiat Conference with Laura & Bonnie!}

So for 6.99/month you get to the Advent & Lenten journals that we always sell out of shipped to your house AND a pass to engage in the online workshops we offer 1x or 2x a month. These include a whole range of speakers and topics–the full spectrum of Catholic womanhood. I’d do the yearly one for $69 so that you save $60 on all the workshops and journals, personally. Click here for all this. {prices go up July 12 so hop to it!}

I’m really proud. It’s the next level for Blessed is She–all the Protestant Scripture guides & studies have offerings like this and it’s special we can be side-by-side with our sisters in a uniquely Catholic way.

Well I wrote a dozen blog posts in my head while on vacation so let’s see if I can type any of my rambling thoughts up to hear your wisdom! Hoping the kids continue to be fascinated by crayons and their own toys a few hours longer this next week!


  1. Ana on July 8, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    SO glad to hear that you’re feeling a tiny bit better, I pray it sticks!! Love the vacation recap and hope that tot starts to sleep later for you!

    • Natural Mama Nell on July 8, 2016 at 7:07 pm

      you’re such a love. I really really want the tot to sleep but am also being realistic that i’m just lucky the older two finally do.

  2. Anonymous on July 9, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    Great that you’re feeling better! Ironically we were in the midwest visiting family this whole time. Yay for road-tripping, and you’re a trooper to do that while pregnant!