During that time, I honestly thought I might never get better. I am so grateful to be pain free and healthy today!
Unfortunately, I have suffered some pretty severe depression in the aftermath. I think it was a mixture of postpartum, seasonal affect, and a natural response to a year-long series of chaotic and challenging circumstances.
I am trying to give myself grace right now and treat this illness like I treated my pregnancy and my other illness. I am taking a lot of spiritual medication. I bought a Chronological Life Application Study Bible for my birthday, and I read it every day. I am meeting weekly with my trusted mentor. I have about 3-4 devotions I am reading on a daily or as-needed basis. I have several back-up worship videos saved to a page on pinterest. I have several friends praying for me and certain people I can call for prayer for those extra-tough moments.
I have also put my winter blues strategies into effect: I get as much sunshine as I can. (I sit in a sunny window at least once a day. I have even started sitting outside in the afternoons on cold days. Today it was 15 degrees, but it really doesn't feel that bad in a coat on my sunny porch. Really...it doesn't.) ...and for those frustrating cloudy days, my precious M.i.L. got me a "happy light" with 10,000 UV. :)
I also try to get out of the house once a day, as often as I can. I walk 3-5 times a week (outside, on an inside track or on the treadmill), and I keep our days planned out as much as possible. These strategies help me get through tough winters.
First, we dyed some Rigatoni pasta for the middles to make into necklaces.
While we waited for the pasta to dry, I brought some snow inside for play. ...and, then, I went back out for a clean bowl of snow and a clean spoon, so he would stop licking the sand toy! Seriously, son?!
Go ahead...ask me where we got that tiny little carrot nose!
From our garden...In the winter! We love to let our carrots grow over the winter and get an early spring surprise.