Whole Parenting Family

podcasting, shelter in place, and distance learning

How is your global pandemic? How’s the work situation, school situation, hopes & dreams situation? We have friends who have been really sick and family whose businesses have no revenue. These are challenging and scary times. None of my feelings about it all are linear, either.

One morning, I’m a pro distance-learning mom. That afternoon, I’m crying and sweating. Maybe you’re on a rollercoaster, too.

So what have we done? Anthony and I started a podcast because I need to laugh and he’s allergic to the internet. It’s called “the hermit + his wife” and we’re streaming it on YouTube and wherever you listen to podcasts. We also pray morning prayer live sometime between 8-9am central on instagram.

We also celebrated a handful of family birthdays in shelter-in-place (which is just weird and sad), are eyeing family reunion plans for the summer on the East Coast, and I am NOT called to be a homeschooler after this plunge into the depths of distance learning.

I was going to sew up a bunch of sweet linen Easter dresses but made 200 masks to give away instead! Now my sister sent me supplies so if you’re looking to buy a mask, keep an eye on her online store: Brooklyn Herborium.

That’s the TDLR.

Love & hugs to you and yours!


  1. Kristen Fussner on April 23, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    Nell! I love this! I totally enjoyed your first episode. Thank you for sharing and listening to the Holy Spirit guide you.

    I have been trying to learn more about the EF (vs OF). And the term “traditional Catholic.” This is a topic I would love to learn more about and hear you and Anthony chat about.

    • novicenaturalmama on April 23, 2020 at 4:43 pm

      you got it, sister.