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Everything posted by hopeistheword

  1. How did you go about finding your holistic psychiatrist? We have a hard enough time even finding psychiatrists and therapists who are knowledgeable about and trained in OCD treatment, much less one who utilizes primarily supplements. We did try both Inositol and NAC early in my dd's treatment but ultimately had to utilize regular psychiatric meds (after genetic testing) in order to get her to the place she was able to tolerate the ERP therapy. We loved her psych in the hospital but haven't found another one like her. She is triple board certified and used to direct a residential OCD program. She knows her stuff!
  2. Specialized exposure response prevention treatment was vital for us. Check out the Peace of Mind Foundation as well as the IOCDF for resources.Dr Elizabeth McIngvale of the Peace of Mind Foundation has ocd herself and shares many videos on FB discussing it.
  3. I have a child who spent nine weeks in partial hospitalization for OCD, undergoing extensive ERP therapy. I’m no expert, though I feel like my experiences and our family’s time there at least gave me an undergrad degree in OCD and ERP. 😝 I am pretty sure that the advice we’d have been given would not involve or include some other complication to a compulsion. We did take intermediate steps (& my child’s compulsions never settled on hand washing anway), but even then it was by way of “undoing” a ritual mostly, not adding another complication. I don’t know. Maybe other ocd veterans have other ideas, too.
  4. I have also shredded the pork roast for meals this week. Next it’s finishing kitchen cleanup and running some treats I picked up for my mom out to her.
  5. Also, fed boys lunch, listened to a couple of podcasts, and watched a couple of VIPKids videos while folding.
  6. Ditto what everyone else said about chicken broth. 🤔. Interesting! I use about a quarter cup of flour in the pan drippings, stirring around to cook it a bit. Add about 1-1.5 cups of milk, stirring with a fork or whisking constant. Add a bit more milk as needed. Salt and pepper generously. I’m sure there’s a recipe somewhere, but that’s how this Alabama girl does it.
  7. So far today (and it’s only 9:30 😂), instead of getting right on all the stuff on my list, I have: written part of a blog post and prepped a few more sent a lengthy email to our co op families detailing an author event we’re hosting next month 🎉 joined The Masterpiece Society for dd13’s art next year (I’m excited about this and the fact that all of us can use it!) And now I’ve got to go use the air compressor to air up ds8’s bike tire. Why do I make these lists? 😂
  8. I haven’t read all the responses, so someone may have already mentioned this. Big Life Journal is a great resource for teaching growth mindset, etc.
  9. Yes, Our Town has a narrator. It has been years since I read it, so I’m not sure if the narrator actually gets involved (emotionally, whatever) in the story or if he just offers commentary.
  10. Congratulations! That’s huge! My boys (ages 8 and 5) have only in the past year both been pull up free, so I get it.
  11. Good morning! Dh and dd14 are off to a rocketry competition dh helps with. I SO value our Saturdays that I’m a bit bummed about that, but dh is off next week for spring break, so I can’t complain too much. Today: go for a walk coffee/reading/writing✅ fold laundry in dryer✅ (Still haven’t put away.) take a bunch of clothes back to Sam’s for a refund take dd13 to thrift store for glassware for candle making (her newest artistic endeavor)✅ clean bedroom Do some kitchen prep and cooking for next week ✅ take other kids to park or somewhere fun for them ✅ watch movie and/or play game and/or do art with boys while dh and girls go to drivein to see Captain Marvel
  12. We took the kids to Boston a few Decembers ago (cheap flights!) and made a lot of really great memories. The next year we did NYC (but drove—through Philadelphia and then on up to Niagara Falls) and despite the cold of both trips, I daresay they’ll be the trips they remember. My little boys still talk about them!
  13. I’m down to JUST the not-so-fun stuff: laundry and general housekeeping tasks. The upside is I finished a FANTASTIC audiobook while folding clothes: News of the World by Paulette Jiles.
  14. I just finished book 26 for the year, an audiobook of News of the World by Paulette Jiles. Here’s the description: “In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust. In the wake of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings from newspapers to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence. In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna’s parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. army, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows. Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act “civilized.” Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forming a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land. Arriving in San Antonio, the reunion is neither happy nor welcome. The captain must hand Johanna over to an aunt and uncle she does not remember—strangers who regard her as an unwanted burden. A respectable man, Captain Kidd is faced with a terrible choice: abandon the girl to her fate or become—in the eyes of the law—a kidnapper himself.” I LOVED this one! I was practically sobbing by the end. It will definitely make my Best of 2019 list!
  15. I’ve missed this little brain dump. Good morning, y’all! It’s sunny but chilly here in the Deep South. I’ll take it! so far: laundry ✅ reading✅ Bible✅ still to do: shower and dress✅ more laundry (sheets today)✅ spaghetti sauce for crockpot (must get meatballs from freezer in basement)✅ school boys (done: math; reading aloud; added to our book caterpillar,; reading lesson with 5 yo; spelling lesson with 8 yo; both boys handwriting; 8 yo read aloud to 14 yo)✅ lunch✅ (Plus The Andy Griffith Show!) MEET WITH GIRLS about school work!✅ house stuff—general cleanup, lots of laundry to fold (three loads washed, some folded) take dd14 to friend’s house✅ supper✅ grocery store✅
  16. I finished The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri this morning. I gave it 4 stars, rounded up from 3.5 stars, on Goodreads. I found the story, the characters, and the style of writing positively fascinating, but explicit s** is one of the things I dislike greatly in my books.
  17. My go-tos right now are Birkenstocks but my favorite sandals ever are Tevas.
  18. We were blessed to be able to do the same thing last year. We had a friend who really needed a vehicle and so gave her our extra van. It literally wasn’t worth trading in at the dealership but was still quite operational. The friend has since fallen on even harder times and I’m glad we were able to help in this way.
  19. I teach at our local community college, which isn’t from home, but it has been in the past and could conceivably be again if I were to ever teach again for them online.
  20. This has happened to me twice! Once was at Chick Fil A and the other was at Starbucks, IIRC.
  21. Love my Birkenstocks for about 7 months of the year and Merrell ankle boots (though my preferred style is discountinued 😢) for the remaining months. I do live in the South but also have cold feet. Dansko Sams are a favorite, too—they’re sandal-like but closed toe and look good (imho anyway, but I’m no fashionista) with tights.
  22. I'm quoting myself here--ha!--to say that Gary D. Schmidt's Orbiting Jupiter is excellent but deals with teen pregnancy from the very young father's perspective. It's a tragic, heart-rending read, so you might want to hold off on that one until your dd is a bit older. (With that said, both my girls have read it numerous times, but I tend to not be able to keep up with them in terms of reading so maybe I'm not the best example. LOL)
  23. My 13 yo keeps Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Patterson in her backpack to read when she doesn't have anything else to read.
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