1. Sabra
    August 10, 2020 @ 11:12 am

    Hang in there, I’m right there with ya! Four boys, one girl. My daughter is turning 13 at the ending the month and my oldest is turning 15 on Wednesday. Crumbs, legos, shoes everywhere I look. I’ve stopped folding their jammies and socks because they just dump them in their drawers anyways, just do my best to avoid looking in these drawers until I absolutely have to. Oklahoma is too hot for anything but the pool and neighborhood walks in the evenings. I’m tired in ways I can’t explain and have been tossing and turning most nights. I’m anxious about how online school is going to turn out this go round. All we can do is soldier on, eventually a more recognizable form of normalcy will return.


  2. Lisa A Mertens
    August 10, 2020 @ 11:43 am

    Carrie, I wish I lived near you (I live in CA). I’d volunteer to take your place for a weekend so you could have some alone time. I did a “house swap” with a family from Scotland last year and it was great. I guess even if I did live closer COVID shuts that idea down. Holding you and your family in my thoughts. Lisa


  3. aimeehen
    August 10, 2020 @ 10:37 pm

    Carrie, I really relate to this post. I feel this underlying, bubbling-up anxiety every day, trying to keep “normalcy” for my kids, trying to engage them with new, fun things to do, trying to cook healthy meals EVERY DANG DAY (do they really have to eat every day, multiple times a day?), trying to keep them physically active and emotionally well, all while trying to to maintain my own sanity. Multiple times I have said to my husband “I’d be fine with cheese and crackers for dinner”. The lack of control or knowledge of how this will all pan out is terrifying, yet every day as a mom you just have to keep forward motion. The “hamster wheel” feeling is real. Thank you for your writing, know you are helping others feel less alone.


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