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    10.05.2016 / WORK

    I’m still here. (Thank you for your kindness.)

    Still here with the scooping of formula, the rocking, the swaddling, the diaper-changing. The apple slicing for Bee, the tying of shoes, the playing of Uno. These hands haven’t made their way to a keyboard in a long while, and for that, I’m uncharacteristically content.

    But I miss our connections here, I do. Some days, I find myself in the midst of a pile of burpcloths, just standing there, feeling a bit lonely. I wonder what Jana’s up to, how Forrest is doing. What you guys are thinking about, dreaming of, mulling over. My mind wanders to this space – to you – as if it’s remembering an old friend, a past life – and for that, I’m grateful.

    My friend Tsh asked if I’d be up for co-hosting her podcast this year, and the request came just days after Scout arrived. I thought it sounded crazy. I thought I’d never find the time. I thought for sure it would be the commitment to end me, the monthly reminder that I’m behind, that I’m buried, that I’m falling short.

    And oh, I was the wrongest thing.

    My chats with Tsh have been a balm. She’s an old soul like me, but a few years ahead and filled to the brim with tips and tricks for those wanting to suck more marrow out of this life. She’s wise and practical, lovely and good. We spend an hour or so on certain Thursdays chatting about all things home, and the first – on rituals and routines – is here.

    If you’re a podcast listener, enjoy. And if you’re not, I get it. My hands are full right now, and perhaps your ears are much the same.

    Just know this: I’ll pop in and write when I can. I’m over here playing Uno. I miss you. We’ll learn alongside each other again soon.

    Super soon.


    • Friend, I could say the exact same things about you. It is a delight and a joy to have you on the show with me this season! I look forward to many more chats, and in the meantime, you soak up that precious season you’re in. It flies by (as you well know). XO

      • oh, the pleasure is SO SO SO mine. thank you, sweet tsh!

    • Definitely going to give it a listen – thank you!

      – Natalie

    • Hi Erin! I came over to your blog from your podcast with Tsh and I’m just loving reading all that you have to say. Since you’re enjoying Uno and life and maybe not writing as often (which I can totally relate to, though here it’s Dominos and homeschooling and playing referee for my 3 sons) I’m going to soak in your old posts and look forward to when you share again!

      • oh goodness thank you, lacey!!!!! and ha, referee is a fulltime job, am i right? :)

    • Thinking of you and yours with love and joy. = )

    • Hi, I understand that you feel lonely sometimes and want to connect. But don’t be to hard on yourself, I think you’ve written and published a lot of beautiful writings here lately, even though you’ve got a little baby to care for, that just ‘fell from the sky’ sort of… So you just enjoy playing uno!! We will be here.

      • thank you sweet liesbeth! i’ve been finding my way back to the keyboard every now and then and it’s been a breath of fresh air each time. it’s such a treat to meet you back here, and also such a treat to be playing uno for hours. what a gift this life can be!

    • I have been listening to The Simple Show for about a year now and when Tsh said you would be joining her I was ecstatic! How amazing to have two such inspiring humans in one place, thank you thank you.

      • oh bonnie, i’m so thrilled you’re a listener! tsh is so lovely; i’m thrilled to join her. :)

    • Georgi

      Enjoy Uno, enjoy life, enjoy every moment each day brings you, in the meantime, we’ll be here. However long it may take. You’ve made an imprint, because of that, we’ll always be here. Breathe. Love. Cherish.
      Read you soon! Georgi X

    • ginny

      So lovely to hear your hearts in the seasons you are both in. So much useful and practical information to explore. A book I am enjoying is called The Rest of God: Restoring your soul by restoring Sabbath by Mark Buchanan. The CD I am enjoying is Poets and Saints by All Sons and Daughters. I love Heaven meets Earth and Rest in You. Just a FYI for Fun as I thought it fit the the theme of your Podcast. It’s our Thanksgiving week-end here in Canada so Happy Thanksgiving. Love Ginny

      • Oh goodness, thank you so much for such great recommendations, Ginny!!!!!

    • jana

      Big giant hugs…and YAY for podcasts! I can’t wait to listen! Seriously, this sorta made my morning! :)

    • milo

      I love you and I love Tsh, and was so excited when I found out you’d be part of the podcast! So excited to learn more from this new project – thank you for picking it up in this busy season of your life. By the way – Congratulations on the amazing bundle of life, Scout! Sending love to you and your family!

      • oh thank you milo!!!! and it’s been such a treat to chat with tsh. she’s a dear, yes? so grateful you’re taking a few moments to listen – thank you!

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