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A little about me…

Join me on this journey!

P1010199 (2) me in nc 2 (400x300)Hi, everyone! Lisa Keifer here.

I want to start things off by giving you all a sense of who I am. After being a housewife and stay-at-home mom, I have recently re-entered the world of writing.

Though I started penning stories when I was a teenager, I’ve only recently found the courage to send my work out into the world to be read, loved, and published. (You can learn all about my writing adventures on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/lisakeiferwriter/.)

I live with my husband Diesel and son Choo-choo. While I will strive to be as honest with you as I can, I have changed their names to protect their privacy. Choo-choo is a smart, silly, fun-loving, and sometimes temperamental 3 year old. Diesel has been the love of my life for the past 12 years, though he struggles to fully understand what it feels like to be me.

In this blog, I will share my ups and downs of life with depression, anxiety, OCD, and PTSD. I will open up about how these illnesses started and how far I have progressed.  I will also give you an insight into what life is like being a wife and mother in the land of mental issues.

(By the way, I find peace and serenity when I am out in nature, so I will share photos of beauty I have found in the natural world from time to time.)

I hope you will all join me on this journey!

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Going a little stir crazy these January days

It’s currently about 12 degrees Fahrenheit outside and feels like zero. Zero degrees. Think about that for a second.

It’s so bitterly cold, we don’t want to do anything outside. Except for Diesel, but he has a big building he can stay warm in (after the three hours or so it takes to become fully heated and no longer cold). And except for Choo-choo, I should say, as he still wants to build a snowman. We just haven’t had enough snow yet. And we still have that bitter cold.

I guess I am the only one of us three who has zero desire to leave the house right now. Continue reading “Going a little stir crazy these January days”

Becoming a more relaxed parent

Have you ever gotten to that stage with your children when you’re just like, “Okay, sure.” For instance, Choo-choo wanted to sleep on his floor for nap and bedtime. I initially wanted to say no. My urge was to think, “He can’t do that!”

But why not?

I mean, I always told him no to this when his crib was still intact. I worried about him being out and about upstairs without everything being fully child-proofed. But now that his crib has now become a toddler bed and there are locks in place to keep him out of rooms he shouldn’t be in, why couldn’t he sleep on the floor like he wanted to? Continue reading “Becoming a more relaxed parent”

When I let jealousy get the best of me (and learned a big lesson in the aftermath)

P1030721I sometimes find myself jealous of other women’s husbands. Not in THAT way! Just in that I hear and read all these stories of mothers explaining how their husbands help clean around the house and help take care of the children. I didn’t always feel like Diesel did any of this. A lot of the time, I felt like he did NONE of this.

Diesel used to help clean the house, but due to my OCD, he stopped. He felt like he never did it “right,” never the way I wanted it.

Of course, this brought on feelings of Continue reading “When I let jealousy get the best of me (and learned a big lesson in the aftermath)”

My guest posts round-up

Hey everyone!

I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather and desperately need to go rest. But first, I wanted to pop on here and share a round-up of other blogs I have had the wonderful privilege of guest posting or collaborating on.

First up, ideas on how to find time for peace as a mom, Continue reading “My guest posts round-up”

When the time has come to step back and wait

Choo-choo was playing with one of his new Christmas toys the other day. It’s a tablet-like one that teaches shapes, numbers, and letters. I heard the toy instruct Choo-choo how to draw the shape he had chosen: “Start here and drag along the line to here” with corresponding arrows on the screen for him to follow.

Choo-choo’s reply? Continue reading “When the time has come to step back and wait”

Sticks and stones…

You know the old saying, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me”? Such a lie. Words can hurt. Deeply. Broken bones heal, but the pain from another person’s hurtful words can last even decades after they are uttered.

Sometimes people (even unintentionally) say such mean things that I can’t help but obsess about it. At times I am too shocked to reply. And there are even times when the shock is quickly replaced by anger. I have to admit there are moments when the person who, for one reason or another, Continue reading “Sticks and stones…”

Snapshots of the holidays

Before I move on away from the holidays for real, I just want to share two of my absolute favorite shots of Choo-choo during the Christmas season.

First up, the thrill and excitement of presents to open and the possibility of new toys to play with. (Sorry about the blurriness, but he was a boy on a mission! And yes, he was in his train jammies, of course!) Continue reading “Snapshots of the holidays”