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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Finally Catching Up a Bit

While I am certainly not going to say that I am back in my normal online routine, I have spent the last few hours catching up here in our world.  I started on BCC, where I found 104 new messages in my inbox.  I decided that it was probably best to just pick through the last week or so of posting as it would take me a week to work through any more than that.  From Babycenter I moved into feels like I have been gone for a year instead of a month.  So ladies, please slow down a bit so I can keep up!

It's good to come back and see so many women finding peace and making some forward strides; my heart breaks for those who are still no closer to doing so.  Margaret commented on this not too long ago, but it was painfully obvious to me today just how many more families have joined the club.  I realized that I have new people following my blog - each of whom has a blog that I have not yet ventured to.  So I caught up on old blogs and ventured into some new blogs, leaving lots of comments and messages for many of you along the way...and now I am not sure that I can keep anyone straight.  As I settle back into a routine, I suppose it will sort itself out.  I must say, as discouraged as I was by the number of newcomers, I was just as encouraged by the number of rainbow baby announcements that I read today.  Even more encouraging was today's arrival of Bree's rainbow baby, Nora!!

I have been meaning for the last few months to order some pins that I have promised for our hospital's memory boxes.  It is something that has drug out for a while now because I cannot find what I am looking for in the price range that I need to stay in. Has seen these pins for sale anywhere at a price of less than $8 each?
I really like this pin much better than the plain ribbon pins without the little feet, and I think that it's so much more appropriate for the memory boxes, but $8 each is a bit cost prohibitive right now since we will be buying them in a somewhat larger quantity.  (I found them on one site for $5 each, but they are sold out; they will not be restocking them for a while because the quantity that they need to order in order to sell at this price is limiting them right now - not an encouraging thought, but I am keeping my fingers crossed...)  I figured that if anyone could point me in the right direction, it might be someone here...

Since I am so behind, I need to say a very belated thank you to Maggie and Jen for doing such thoughtful pictures for so many angel babies.  Unfortunately, I cannot show you the picture that Jen did, because I am an idiot and apparently deleted is hopefully soon to come!

Here is Gracie's name from Maggie...I find it so appropriate for Gracie to be curled up with a sleeping kitty.  Thanks, Maggie! 

As I have mentioned before, I am looking forward to the close of the school year.  I have been short a full time therapist since October 2nd, and since that time I have been handling a caseload of special needs students that grew from around 70 to about 90 over the course of the the outpatient load at the office.  Not to say that my grief has been put on hold to manage all of this, but work has certainly played a large role in keeping me preoccupied from time to time.  My body and brain are both completely exhausted, and I am ready for a slow down.  I am interested to see how my brain and inner spirit do once I am not seeing a gazillion appointments a week and working 10-12 hours a day (plus weekends full of paperwork).  I am hoping to avoid any major emotional crashing, but who knows.  I do have a few things lined up to hopefully help with that...  I will be taking some time away from the office to just get things done around the house - getting some of these things accomplished may help my spirit tremendously, as the list has been ongoing since fall.  Jeff and I will be spending a few days in and around NYC in July (unfortunately a big vacation is not in the budget this year) to visit some friends and just relax a little.  We will probably catch a Yankee game and a show of some sort, but inevitably the trip will not be long enough and will not allow as much decompression as we would like.

It's good to catch up - hopefully I will stay caught up with most of you, at least through most of the summer.  Wishing you all a good week...


Jill said...

So happy to hear from you. I know how busy we can get in our lives and how overwhelming blogging can be at times. I love those pins!!! I have never seen them before.

Supposed to be... "Mama G"... said...

Welcome back! I hear ya, you miss a day, and it is next to impossible to get caught up! L-O-V-E those pins too!

Maggie said...

I still feel like I'm trying to catch up here. I love it, but it feels overwhelming after a while sometimes too. Have a great time in NYC! & sleeping kitties curled up with our babies...not sure what is better than that. :) Glad you liked it! Have a great week!

Lori said...

Catching up (and staying caught up!) is hard!!!! We just want to put so much love into all our reading, or at least I do!
Hoping these last few days of school are peaceful!

Holly said...

I was playing catch up not long ago! Missing just a couple days of reading puts me way behind!

Def sounds like you could use some rest and relaxation and you sure deserve it!