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

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

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

When Fears are Stilled

OnlyTrueNorthAsha, Christmas, Family Life, Inspirations1 Comment

Have you ever been stuck to something? Haunted seems so dark and too troubled, but have you ever felt like the weight of something is following you? If you boil it all down, I bet your bottom dollar the culprit would be: fear.   Fear is a shady lady isn’t she? Sometimes she saunters in so carelessly without any hurry … Read More

Silent Night

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As much as I wish that I could say that my Christmas season centers around peace and thanksgiving, the truth is, those are the things I have to fight for! It’s that time of year when schedules seem packed, the to-do-list seems longer, and most evenings seem anything but calm and bright. In my heart I know it’s the most … Read More

The year our lives changed forever

OnlyTrueNorthFamily Life, Featured, Jennah6 Comments

I promised last week to give fear the boot, and to share one of my family’s scary stories with you. Without further ado, here it is: Thanksgiving week, 2012. Our whole family had been down for almost two weeks with an epic bout of whatever nasty cold virus that was going around at the time. We were all starting to … Read More

The Brightside

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Exhaustion is weird and it hits you in waves. I haven’t been sleeping much. My tiny guy is an all-night-sipper. He doesn’t like the bottle and he really just wants to snuggle. I know this is a season, and someday when I’m old and wrinkly I will look back and crave these sleepless nights, but right now I just feel … Read More