Rhythm of the Home

>> 12.16.2009

Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.
Hans Christian Anderson

The things is... Ryan and I seem to fall very easily into survival mode. It can be a problem. The last few weeks, life with Liam has been entirely about survival. We were just happy to see the sun rise on another day and know that we are all still here and still in one piece. And that was enough.

Yesterday morning as I felt the excitement of the other graduates swirl around me while we waiting for the ceremony to begin... I was reminded of something: survival is pointless if you are not enjoying life. A few weeks ago, I was not sure I would even be there to enjoy that day.. and now it has happened. Life goes on and on and on. If you are just muddling through... there is really nothing to survive for is there?

Liam is doing so very well- he is gaining weight, feeding well on both bottle and breast, and his spells are minor. This morning whispers of "maybe he will be home by Christmas" were heard for the very first time. I have been sitting next to him for the last two hours, watching him sleep peacefully and realizing that I want so much more for him than just making it. I have been so focused on those monitors that I have forgotten the very reason I want his heart to beat. This entire experience has derailed my dreams for him and for our family and it is time to get things back on track- now... before Liam leaves the hospital so that he can enter a peaceful home and become part of a healthy, happy family.

I decided to give my blog a bit of a face-life- I hope you like it. I wanted to do this because I want to start this blog in a new direction. A direction that focuses on life rather than the act of surviving it. An updated look to go with a new direction seemed in order.

So, as my first step in my new and improved direction I want to tell you about a beautiful family website called Rhythm of the Home.

It is a free, online magazine published quarterly. [There is also a blog that is having a giveaway- enter for a chance to win some advertising space or lovely crafting tid-bits.] I learned about Rhythm of the Home from another blog I have been enjoying called Shivaya Naturals, which is written by one of the contributors to the publication, and I have been enjoying this first edition quite a lot.

There is so much in the magazine that I love and so many projects my hands are just itching to try out. Also, the articles are substantial- no fluffy blurbs to be found! It is really fantastic.

One article I enjoyed was Jumping into Books by Valarie Budayr. The author talks about her family reading time and how books came alive in her home. She includes a reading suggestion and art projects to go along with the book. I believe I love this article because books are so important to me and I hope to pass the love I have for them onto Liam. I feel that reading spurs a child's imagination in ways that nothing else can and there are so many books that I cannot wait to share with my little one.

It was extraordinarily difficult to pick just one article to share with you. I forced myself to pick only one because otherwise I would be here all day and you would have nothing left to read! I hope that you will take a moment to check out Rhythm of the Home because I know you will find something to enjoy as well.

I know that I will be a frequent visitor as our family finds and settles into our own rhythm.


Lindsey December 16, 2009 at 8:11 PM  

I'm going to have to check out that website you mentioned! It sounds like it's right up my ally!

Also, I wanted to say that I was looking at old the first pictures of Liam that you had posted when he was born and he has changed SO MUCH! I'm so happy that his growing and hospital living has been uneventful for the most part and that he will be coming home soon! He is destined to overcome.

Lindsey December 16, 2009 at 8:17 PM  

I am dying right now, for real! I just looked at the website you talked about. Did you see the crocheted newborn cocoon?? I have to learn how to make that, like TODAY!


KarmaPearl December 16, 2009 at 10:13 PM  

I love your new blog layout. May I ask how you did it?

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