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Let the Sunshine In

Recovering from a period of depression is tricky. Some mornings I wake up ready to face the day and get stuff done. Other mornings I wake up and debate if getting out of bed is worth it.

Today is somewhere in the middle so I tried to do a few things to push myself towards the positive end of the spectrum.

I forced my kids to take selfies with me this morning on our front step in the sunshine to give myself a visual reminder of how important it is that don't give in to the depression.

Also I love the sunshine.

I've been trying to meditate daily and I've been using Headspace to help me do that. I really enjoy it. This month I am doing some depression-specific meditations and one of the techniques is visualizing yourself being filled up with light airy warm sunshine.

It helps.

My energy generally runs out fairly early in the day and that is my current annoyance / struggle with my depression. I feel ok for a few hours and then sort of crash progressing to bouts of panic by the time I go to bed. It's stupid and I hate it but there it is nonetheless.

Overall though I AM feeling better and despite how slow "recovery" is I am thankful to be moving forward.

Fort McMurray Wildfire Re-Entry & Clean-Up - One Year Later

Our story would not be complete without touching on coming home. I think these posts share the story very well. As happy as we were to get home there was an exhausting amount of clean-up to do, dealing with the insurance company was tiring, and nothing was quite the same in town. It was very obvious that there had been a disaster. It took weeks for things to even resemble normal. But it was still good to be home. 

Fort McMurray Wildfire Evacuation - One Year Later - Part Three

After the evacuation we spent 2 nights at the camp and then were flown to Edmonton. The plane ride itself was bizarre with animals of all sorts in the cabin. Our cat spent almost the whole time in my computer bag. He did NOT like flying but my kids enjoyed it.

All sorts of businesses had discounts for evacuees. Everywhere we went we saw others from Fort McMurray and everyone was so very supportive.

CBC radio interviewed me about the impact of evacuating on my special needs kid. While I was there I met another evacuee who was being interviewed on the CBC TV. The radio hosts were lovely and I have no idea what I said. 

It was a huge relief to actually see our home standing. The kids were over-the-moon happy and once they saw that they were much more able to be calm about the whole thing. But the fire just kept growing and it was a constant worry for the adults. 

We were able to spend some lovely time with my family. They took us riding on their horses and the kids had so much fun. My family added some much-needed lightness during a dark time.

We rented a "vacation" home in Edmonton and it wasn't the best experience. But we were all very thankful to have somewhere to stay and to be together. 

We went to several "evacuee" centres and we were completely overwhelmed by the generosity we witnessed. 

We tried to do fun things to keep the kids entertained but even in the midst of typical holiday-type stuff they were subdued. The uncertainty of it all weighed heavily. 

The stress of the situation is hard to describe. We were constantly looking for news and updates. We had no idea when we would be able to go home. We had to decide whether to put the kids in the local schools or not. Big decisions made with not very much information. 

We chose not to put our kids in school in Edmonton. We decided they were under enough stress and trying to deal with new schools just was way more than they could handle. 

There were a lot of tears and random bursts of emotion - from everyone, adults included. 

In the midst of everything I was in a ton of pain. I have no idea what I did on that evacuation day but it resulted in several weeks of back and knee pain. It was just ridiculous.

We really did love being able to share a home with my best friend and her family. I don't think I can overstate how much that helped our mental health during a very stressful time. 

The news continued to be grim and even 13 days after we evacuated our town was not out of danger. 

We took advantage of the unexpected days of no school and no work by doing weird things like dental check ups and getting everyone's eyes tested. We needed to fill the days somehow and it made us feel productive on some level. 

We found a place in Canmore to go for the last bit of our evacuation experience. It was half the price of the home in Edmonton and significantly nicer!

It was hard to visualize just how close the fire came to our house so I made this once the information was available... 

The news continued to suck but we were very thankful for everyone who was fighting to save our town. 

We celebrated Doug's birthday and just kept moving forward. We did the best we could with the information we had available to us. 

There were several bright spots during the chaos. I was able to see some close friends that I hadn't seen in ages. We had support from all over the country. We really felt loved and cared for. 

Compared to our time in Edmonton our week in Canmore felt almost like a holiday. It was very beautiful there and it felt refreshing.

We made the kids do school work every afternoon. They hated it of course. 

I even got a tattoo done that I had been wanting for ages. 

It was a huge relief when the news turned towards the positive and we were able to start to plan the journey home.

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Foot Pain

Posted on January 11, 2010 at 4:40pm 0 Comments

My son Aiden has inherited his father's high arches and his poor feet get so sore! We have had a terrible time finding him shoes to help ease the foot pain.

I have done some research online about foot pain in children and found some helpful articles. We will probably need to invest in some custom… Continue

Tea Party

Posted on January 8, 2010 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

I was recently inspired by my friend J. ( from In the Gutter) who wrote a blog post titled "A Penny Saved... is a Missed Opportunity" that begins with the sentence "What are you saving your China for?". It is a good post and you all should head on over and read it. She has… Continue

Conversations With God

Posted on September 3, 2009 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

God and I had a little discussion recently... it went something like this...

Me: ARGHHH these kids are driving me NUTS!@#^@%$*#&@%$&#

they are beautiful wonderful gifts from me. be thankful. stop your whining.


A Boy's Logic

Posted on April 21, 2009 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

So my I got a note sent home from school today about my son Aiden. Apparently he had two "incidents" today- the first was when he kicked a girl from his class when she stepped into line in front of him on the way to the library. The second was when he punched a different girl for being bossy in french class.…


Blog Partying

Posted on March 19, 2009 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

Ultimate Blog Party 2009

Welcome to my Ultimate Blog Party 2009 post!

In honour of this fabulous occasion I thought I would share with you the chaos of my life this month (you are SO lucky!!!).

March 1st was my husband's first day in his brand new job (he's a pastor). We moved 14 hours away from our previous home in northeast Saskatchewan to our NEW home in northwestern Ontario. Apparently… Continue

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At 9:39am on July 12, 2013, Lea said…

Work At Home Mom, WAHM, Mom Blogger

I am stopping by to say "hello" :)
I haven't been here in a while.
I welcome your friendship :)

Lea @ Mother Baby Child & Weight Loss Help

At 7:35pm on July 14, 2011, the third boob said…
we (chach + nellie) started a blog & would love for you to check us out and hopefully get a giggle & some answers to "why is this blog called the third boob"?! (
if you find the story amusing enough to follow us or tell people about we would be forever grateful.
At 12:30am on August 21, 2010, Cynthia Helwig-Putorti said…
Hi there from The Girlz Korner in upstate New York where you'll find light, witty and rather entertaining articles on every topic imaginable from The Little Black Dress to Making Whoopie. So if you get a chance to kick back and exhale, if only for a brief moment ... come on over and see me some time.
At 9:03pm on January 10, 2010, Gena Roma said…
Hi Tara,
Thanks for adding me as a friend!

At 2:32pm on January 10, 2010, Gena Roma said…
Hi There. just added myself to your FB fan list:) and am now following you too!
At 6:46am on December 21, 2009, Jane Bodiola said…
I am now following your blog. =O)
Happy Holidays!
Jane =O)
At 1:00am on December 11, 2009, Jane Bodiola said…
Hi Tara! I loved your page. I was teary eyes when I read your blog regarding your son saved by a woman when he got lost. It's a very wonderful story. God really protects us. Blessed day!
At 4:10am on December 10, 2009, Jane Bodiola said…
Hi Tara! Thank you for accepting my friend request. Have a great week! =O)
At 5:43pm on August 28, 2009, Grissell Barros said…
Just added to your facebook and google on your blog. Thanks again!
At 5:41pm on August 28, 2009, Grissell Barros said…
Thanks :), I am working on the fan list right now.. doing laundry LMAO..... oh hate folding and putting them away.... :)

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