Category: Family life

Are You a Caregiver Burning Out?

I am a caregiver. Maybe you are, too. Maybe you have your mother’s pill box in your purse to deliver it every week to her. Maybe you quit your job after your child was born to monitor his breathing. Maybe you get your father out of bed in the morning

Reeling and Recentering

I’m reeling this morning. I am back to listening to the Memento Mori playlist on spotify because I live generally close to the edge and every now and I get pushed off. This morning it was the homily. Not what the priest said. He said very nice things, exhortations and

How we Managed a Road Trip with Four Kids and a Broviac, Part 2

  Part 2   We came. We saw. We conquered. We traveled.     Usually I’ll go to San Diego to hang out with my parents if I want to unwind. – Mario Lopez     Questions about the little guy? I suppose it wouldn’t be a faithful retelling of

Maintaining Self-Care While on Vacation

Previously published in the Hughson Chronicle-Denair Dispatch.   Ah, vacation. Time to put aside our tasks, rest, relax, sight-see and love life. Like searching for that light shining in the darkness while I navigate the ocean, giving us direction, I was ready. And I was no fool, I went in

How we managed a Road Trip with Four Kids and a Broviac, Part 1

Part 1   We came. We saw. We conquered. We traveled.     Thank God I arrived the day before yesterday, the first of the month, at this port of San Diego, truly a fine one, and not without reason called famous. — Junipero Serra   Seven or so hours from

The Family is the First School of Love

A lot of work happens at home.     When children watch their parents work at projects, it inspires them.     They see there are ways they can accomplish what they want and, when given the materials, they create a plan.     To make it happen.   It

Blueberry Picking at Vanderhelm Farms

Previously published in the Hughson Chronicle-Denair Dispatch For the third year in a row, we took the kids blueberry picking at Vanderhelm Farms. The drive takes us down a road of nostalgia paved while living in the midst of rolling hills of walnut trees. The path down Geer or Albers

Forging new paths

Three months and one week since we last walked through the sliding glass doors of sterilized air and woodless surroundings at UCSF. Three months. That seems to be all it takes. In a moment, one day, earlier this week, I felt space in my lungs, I felt relaxed, I felt

Step back and Refocus

This week was all about stepping back. Activity, endless work (because it’s hard to step away when you love it) and the numbers dragged me down. Step back and choose to stop work.   Step back and sit in the backyard. There are sweet peas growing, a flower that seemed

The most important advice I could give to a stay-at-home-parent

You know, there is no such thing as a full-time stay-at-home mom. It just sounds like a tidier answer to those who work outside the home full-time. For the woman or man who makes that choice to leave full-time employment, the answer changes, the act now is one of a

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