Finding Hope: Being Normal Isn’t For Everyone


When Aidan was just a baby, I considered homeschooling.  I didn’t have any particular reason, I just remember talking about it.  It seemed like the right thing to do.   But then I poo-pooed that idea.  I mean, only religious people homeschool.  Isn’t that right?  And we’ve established that I don’t fit that mold. So… 

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Finding Hope: Preparation

So I always remember that Oprah had this saying: Luck/success is when preparation meets opportunity.  Or something like that.  After a quick search on Google, there is an actual quote by a Roman philosopher that says, “Luck is where the crossroads of opportunity and preparation meet.” If you read back through this blog, you’ll often… 

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Picky Nicki

I need to learn to manage my expectations.  And my menstrual cycle.  The two are colliding and making for one grumpy Nicole.  Things are so incredibly good – they’ve never been so good – and yet I find myself still getting sad or stressed over the dumbest of things. I think I’m just being greedy.  I want… 

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Busy weekend! Friday night, we got a hankering for some chocolate cake.  J made a quick run to the grocery store and we decided it would be Austin’s birthday treat.  Two days early.  Audra lit the candles. Ohhhh FIRE! We sang to him and everything. On Saturday morning, we got up nice and early for… 

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Soooo this week has been less than productive.  I got a little neck-deep into reading a forum that was not healthy at all.  It made me super self-conscious to blog.  Apparently, there are people who really really give a shit about what other people post on their blogs.  Thankfully, after a few days of stupidly… 

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Thanksgiving in Hawaii


You know I have about six other things I really should be doing, but nope, definitely sitting here blogging.  My reasoning is that I prefer to blog when J isn’t home, and I can do those other things when he is.  You need a good excuse to do one thing over another?  I’m your girl…. 

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What is Real Life?

Sometimes I feel like I’m not living a real life.  You know, like the people who live in a remote village never having contact with the outside world?  Well, obviously I’m nothing like them.  But I feel a smidge more like them than whatever is considered normal.  And that’s simultaneously exhilarating and terrifying.  We pay… 

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