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Setting Out The Christmas Stuff

Friday, November 15, 2019

Words & Photography
by Julianna Woehrle


The Christmas season just seems to go by SO fast that I want to enjoy it as much as I can, so stretching it out just seems like a must.
These pumpkins will surely soon disappear as Christmas is definitely already on my mind. Every year it seems to get earlier and earlier that I want to set out my Christmas stuff. The Christmas season just seems to go by SO fast that I want to enjoy it as much as I can, so stretching it out just seems like a must. Do you still have fall on your mind, or are you all about Christmas now?!

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On The Agenda

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Words & Photography
by Chelsea Mohrman



Apple crisp, homemade tomato soup,
and grilled cheese are on the agenda today.

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A Diagnosis

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Words & Photography
by Carrie Huseman



It’s been a little over a year since Crew was diagnosed with autism. I wrote a short essay around that time, perhaps as a way to cope with so much of what I was feeling and holding onto so tightly. I reread it this morning over a cup of coffee while the baby napped. My heart still races when I listen to my one-year-ago self, like it did when I was writing it. Tears still fall when I hear my pain and vulnerability, like they did when I shared it. It’s funny how far I’ve come since then - the acceptance and the pushing on and the good in it all - and yet how quickly such feelings can resurface. I think that ebb and flow will always be there.
My heart still races when I listen to my one-year-ago self, like it did when I was writing it. Tears still fall when I hear my pain and vulnerability, like they did when I shared it. It’s funny how far I’ve come since then - the acceptance and the pushing on and the good in it all - and yet how quickly such feelings can resurface. 
Our days are packed and busy, running from one therapy to the next, and Crew handles it all so well. He genuinely loves the people in his life who are helping him grow and thrive, and I don’t know what we would do without them. He is chatty and happy and finding his place in this world. I am proud of him. It’s hard, yes. Can I tell you that it’s hard? But he continues to be a light on an extraordinary path we never knew would be ours.

I’ve linked the essay in my profile in case you might be on a similar path. Or maybe you are experiencing fear and anxiety in your motherhood journey too. It’s full of strawberry picking pictures and is most definitely out of season, but the words are honest and true.

These squares we share here and the people behind them have become such a place of connection and community for me. Thank you for being here.

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Cozy Fall Mornings

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Words & Photography
by Allison Blair



Cozy fall mornings at home.
Letting my husband catch up on much needed sleep,
getting to make hot tea,
looking at the bright orange leaves outside our windows,
windows open listening to the rooster crowing next door,
our pup curled up beside me while we watch
our favorite fall show about pretentious teenagers
living in the upper east side of Manhattan.
Nothing sweeter in my book

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Autumn Splendor

Monday, November 11, 2019

Words & Photography
by Katie Hartman



My favorite tree
is tossing down leaves of fire.
 

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