I was also able to carry him with me in that party. His name was on our front door, on our lips, and in our minds. His spirit was felt in every corner of our house, and with it his cheer and delight was there too. For the first time since his death the joy of his spirit was prominent, above the sadness of his absence.
A few years ago I wrote a post about how I wasn't super thankful after Liam's first cochlear implant surgery. It was honest and true. I was encouraged to submit that piece to the awesome collaborative blog Coffee + Crumbs. I was conflicted about submitting it though because what was honest and true then, was no longer the truth now. So I added a little epilogue, an update on my thoughts and feelings about Liam's cochlear implant four years later. This updated essay is featured today on the Coffee + Crumbs site. I'd love it if you checked it out.
Sing, Unburied, Sing won all kinds of awards last year and I was super excited to see it hit my library reserve list. This novel is beautiful, brutal and simple. It tackles all kinds of challenging topics and does it with the simplest story line. A woman and her two children drive across the state to pick up their father who is getting out of jail. By and large the story takes place over the course of 48 hours, but it’s got some flashback and even a supernatural element splashed in (which I’m not usually here for, but it was really effectively done). It was an incredible story, worth all the accolades and one I’d definitely recommend.
My girlfriends and I have a "company holiday party" every year. We're all mostly stay at home moms who don't have fancy office parties to go to in December. On year, after all of our husbands' offices held "staff" only holiday parties we began the tradition of starting our own company party. This of course led to an annual review letter detailing our accomplishments as a company that year. I stretched my "corporate language" muscles again this year to write another annual review. It's mostly silly, a little inside jokey, and definitely tongue in cheek. But for four mamas in the trenches of keeping the kids alive and houses running smoothly, it's nice to feel some sense of accomplishment. I give you our 2017 Annual Review.