Thank you so much, Cathy. Your feedback is very heartening. …

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Thank you so much, Cathy. Your feedback is very heartening.

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Kelly, I am so glad we found each other again. I remember you from last time. Can we connect on FB?


An Open Letter to My Friends and Family: I Am Surviving
This lifted my heart in a tough moment. Thank you for taking the time to comment here. I hope this has helped you gain understanding and empathy.


An Open Letter to My Friends and Family: I Am Surviving
Thank you Shivangi. It’s so hard to see yourself when you’re stuck inside yourself.


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Of Matriarchs and Memories
Thank you, Elaine. I did a lot of crying in front of and with them once school was out. They weren’t sure how to feel, so seeing my sadness helped. You are right about the sharing of grief. I’m glad I stayed open.


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Thank you. <3


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Yes, very true. We need to be able to share.

I am so glad you love the parenting. It is very unnatural to me; a constant battle to be kind. Even now I am struggling not to be angry about crumbs and drips and kids who refuse to listen the first or second or third time.

I look forward to each task they learn to complete on their own. Each bit of independence. But I am also working hard to enjoy the other moments. Books are almost always a win. Sharing stories fills my heart. 🙂


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I think, here, there have been longer stretches in between the beautiful moments despite my constant reframing. The kids are pushing boundaries, I have been dealing with some background noise, and there is the running to and fro. Mama, we need a break.


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Sarah! How wonderful to see you here.

Oh, I know just what you are talking about! That first child. We have no idea what’s coming. I wish I had, but the romance did make pregnancy sweet.

The wisdom makes the journey worth it for me. I have grown so much. I do wish I could set it aside. Afford childcare. Leave for weeks at a time. But I hate missing those moments. There is a balance even to the dislike and resentment.

How has your relocation gone?


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