last night i hit a wall with this parenting gig. i am so tired and overwhelmed and was beginning to feel resentful. so thankful for my geek and the fact that we're in this together. late night talks and prayer are getting us through!


the tattoo

so, over a year later... here are photos of my tattoo. i love it! while the design and placement are mine, all credit for the amazing artwork goes to david allen. if you are looking to get a tattoo, he's worth the trip to chicago. you can get deep dish and visit the art institute while you're there.



last night, a thirteen year old young lady moved in with us. she is currently grieving, angry, and feeling very alone. this should be a temporary thing. we hope to be able to reunite her with some of her family very soon. but... the original two day stay was almost immediately extended to two weeks. so we shall wait and see. i go to enroll her in school tomorrow, we went out and bought her clothing essentials last night. we are all trying to figure each other out and she is on her best behavior. the dogs so far have proven a blessing. she enjoys them, and they are a welcome distraction. if i'm honest, we probably wouldn't have said "yes" to thirteen if it wasn't for only two days. and now it's not. so we're taking it a day at a time. and praying.