Be Still

OnlyTrueNorthAsha, Family Life, Insights, Inspirations, News1 Comment

When my world gets too noisy I find myself getting quiet. I tuck my heart in by all four corners, and beg the hustle in my soul to just: be still. Lately I have been sinking myself deep into my old lady hobbies—I read, watch my birds, tend to my garden, and try to keep the children from breaking one … Read More

Silent Sleepy Night

OnlyTrueNorthAsha, Family Life, Featured, Friendship1 Comment

It’s late. I’m tired. I should be in bed. Story of my life—am I right? I was thinking about pain. It’s terrible. It isn’t jolly. It has nothing to do with Christmas. It full on robs us of joy and yet here we sit. Some of us have NO choice. Some of us could chose, but we have better ideas. … Read More

Tis the Season… For Hope

OnlyTrueNorthChristmas, Featured, Insights, Jennah1 Comment

You guys. The holidays. They’re here. Tis the season for fun and laughter and memory-making and thankfulness and present sharing and snow and families snuggled up tight together and caroling and turkeys and shopping and cocoa. Except it is also a season for sadness for so many people. I have had my share of sadness around holidays past – loved … Read More

Hawt Dog

OnlyTrueNorthAsha, Family Life, Inspirations, Laughter1 Comment

Yesterday, during a mad dash to get donuts the littles and I stumbled upon the beloved Oscar Mayer Wiener Mobil. For a chatty and imaginative five-year-old it’s hard to describe the joy that a 27-foot-long hot dog on wheels can produce, but friends it was off the charts. Alana could barely breathe as she smiled, giggled, and shook with wonderment. … Read More

Genderlope

OnlyTrueNorthAsha, Family Life, NICU, Preemie parenting2 Comments

Once upon a time I had everything figured out, said no one—ever. Okay maybe that is a little bit harsh. We do certainly drum up some brilliant ideas though, am I right? I had decided early on that I was the ideal candidate to be a ‘boy Mommy’. I told my parents, my friends, anyone who would listen that I … Read More

Mother’s Day

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I wanted to write about this yesterday, but I had a hard time wrapping my head around everything I was thinking and feeling.   Mother’s Day can be a bittersweet day for some. It can be a glorious day of celebration, but it can also be a day of grief. It is a day that holds so much weight because … Read More

PTSD

OnlyTrueNorthAsha, Family Life, Featured, Friendship, NICU, Preemie parenting7 Comments

You guys, I started therapy today. I say that not to pat myself on the back, but to say that I see the light of healing at the end of a long dark tunnel. I have PTSD. The. Struggle. Is.Real. For some reason I am not embarrassed anymore. Women talk so often about how it takes 9 months to be … Read More

The Beauty Of Brokenness

OnlyTrueNorthInsights, Jennah1 Comment

Can I sit down on this virtual couch and unpack my big feelings to you for a bit? Yesterday I sat in a hospital room, watching my middle daughter sit – pale, quiet, and listless – with wires surrounding her and things beeping and test results that only a cardiologist can read pumping out of the top of the machine she … Read More

My Lighthouse

OnlyTrueNorthAsha, Insights, Inspirations, Preemie parenting1 Comment

It all started with a song. It was stuck in my head and burning in my ears for days. You know when you hear the lyrics and it’s almost as if it was sung exactly for you—in that moment.   We were in the middle of a massive remodel project and our tiny condo was rattling all day long. It … Read More