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back to her old ways

back to her old self

Well HELLO back to all of you! Thank you so much for your wonderful response to my resolve to bring back letter-writing. And thank you for your kind words about my notecards. I have a lot printed, and if I can get my act together, I’ll try to put a few sets up in my shop. I’ll be sure to let you all know. 

Your comments on that last post were so thoughtful and wonderful to read. I was really touched by them. 

I also noted that there were several people in the comments looking for penpals for themselves or their children. If that is you, feel free to leave a comment on this post so that you can be in contact with each other. Since the comments are threaded, you can reply directly to each other and “team up”! 

In the meantime, we’re hunkering down here at Thomas Run. Elizabeth is being treated for Lyme’s Disease after being pretty sick for the past two weeks. Our county is particularly rampant with Lyme’s. My pediatrician said he is seeing three to five cases per week. If you remember, Mary had it last year. 

We are religious about checking the girls for ticks each night before bed because they spend so much time outside, down by the stream, in the tall grass. But somehow I guess we missed this. And in children it is more common for the disease to present itself without the typical bulls eye rash. 

There were a few unsettling days there, but she’s slowly returning to her sweet self — you know, collecting eggs and breaking three of them before she even makes it to the kitchen. 

Oh! I almost forgot…the winners! 

Stefani and Katie please email me with your mailing address and I’ll put a set of cards in the mail to you!!

back to her old self

Well HELLO back to all of you! Thank you so much for your wonderful response to my resolve to bring back letter-writing. And thank you for your kind words about my notecards. I have a lot printed, and if I can get my act together, I’ll try to put a few sets up in my shop. I’ll be sure to let you all know. 

Your comments on that last post were so thoughtful and wonderful to read. I was really touched by them. 

I also noted that there were several people in the comments looking for penpals for themselves or their children. If that is you, feel free to leave a comment on this post so that you can be in contact with each other. Since the comments are threaded, you can reply directly to each other and “team up”! 

In the meantime, we’re hunkering down here at Thomas Run. Elizabeth is being treated for Lyme’s Disease after being pretty sick for the past two weeks. Our county is particularly rampant with Lyme’s. My pediatrician said he is seeing three to five cases per week. If you remember, Mary had it last year. 

We are religious about checking the girls for ticks each night before bed because they spend so much time outside, down by the stream, in the tall grass. But somehow I guess we missed this. And in children it is more common for the disease to present itself without the typical bulls eye rash. 

There were a few unsettling days there, but she’s slowly returning to her sweet self — you know, collecting eggs and breaking three of them before she even makes it to the kitchen. 

Oh! I almost forgot…the winners! 

Stefani and Katie please email me with your mailing address and I’ll put a set of cards in the mail to you!!

17 comments on “back to her old ways”

  1. My 8 y.o. daughter got Lyme’s disease in Florida last summer. She did get the bull’s eye rash, but we never saw a tick. I was thankful that we took her to the ER on the off chance the rash was something bad. I live in the Chicago area, and I didn’t know what the rash indicated as we don’t have too much Lyme’s disease around here! Hope your Elizabeth responds as well as my Isabel did to treatment.

  2. so happy to hear she’s on the mend. we’ve struggled with lymes at our house too – it totally and completely stinks. the illness, but almost more so for us is the new trepidation about romping around in the fields and forests. hugs.

  3. I’m so sorry you guys find yourselves on the Lyme’s journey again this year. Hope E is 100% soon!

    I missed commenting on the last post, but I would dearly love to have a pen pal, if anyone is interested. Letter writing and receiving is so lovely, and something we are losing with all the great things we have gained in technology.

  4. Just found your blog and am in love! Doesn’t it just kill you when the eggs break! Whenever my kiddos accidently drop one, I know it’s life’s way of teaching me extreme patience! Hope your little Lyme’s are well soon…sounds scary! Luckily all we have to worry about here are scorpions!

  5. Sarah, I have the same struggle — I don’t want to keep them from playing outdoors, but part of me wants to say, “don’t go to the stream, don’t go to the woods, don’t lie down in the grass…”it’s frustrating to feel that way.

  6. Glad to hear the little one is on the mend. We found a tick on our little Birdie behind her ear..luckily before it bit. I googled it and it said to keep the tick alive (we put it in a plastic bag) so that if our Birdie did get sick, we could have the tick tested. Luckily for us, it never amounted to anything. Our tick came from soccer practice.

    I would love a pen pal for me and for my girls (9 and 13). I can be emailed at rmp32836@yahoo.com

    Love coming here to see what is going on.

  7. hi… glad to read elizabeth is feeling better.

    i know that fleas/ticks don’t like certain smells – garlic, lavender, eucalyptus oil, – maybe make a “perfume” for the girls and put it on their wrists and ankles before they head out to play?

  8. Hiya–It’s been awhile since I’ve checked in with your blog, I’m so sorry to hear Elizabeth has Lymes, but v. glad to know she is feeling better.Your cards are beautiful, I agree that the written letter is a lost art form, it is so very discouraging to only get the doldrums in the mail…to give is to get I guess, even with mail!Loved all the game ideas, I really need to search for some my toddler can do, he’s into making “matches” all over the place.Miss you!klk

  9. I’d like a pen pal too, should we give it a go?! As all I write by hand these days is grocery lists I can’t promise to be a very elegant letter writer but it would be lovely to exchange notes.

  10. Hi,I’ve been reading your blog for some time now and love it. I have to comment on the Lyme. I’ve had it pretty bad this winter (in my eye nerve and brain)all because 15% of the infections don’t give a bulls eye rash so I never got one. So don’t trust on the rash to appear, before taking action. I have a strong DEET anti insect spray now for all of us, and that helps. I live in the Netherlands and homeschool my daughter (8 years old).Good luck for Elizabeth.

  11. I would love to have a pen pal as well. Maybe someone with a child my daughter Georgia’s age? I am in Ohio so maybe someone living elsewhere would be nice too…picky, aren’t I? Oh and Georgia turned 2 on Mother’s Day so she’s a little over 25 months old. This is exciting!

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