Working with Family

by flowers on October 19, 2009 · 8 comments

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One of our personal goals as a family is to integrate our work and family life.

Right now Stone works independently as a stone mason and I am in the midst of creating and launching my birth preparation course and writing a companion book.

We do a lot of tag teaming which, most of the time feels empowering. There are, however, times when work needs to be done in the midst of family. I help out with the business/office work end of Stone’s business and sometimes it works that the kids are sleeping. Or watching a movie. Or taking an extra long bubble bath with extra tub toys.

Or sometimes they are crawling all over me at the desk.

Work At Home

Or taking terrific two tantrums.

Terrific Two

Or leaning in for an impromptu kiss.

The Kiss

Or insisting on a photo-shoot.

Mother and Son

This work session got so out of hand I had to take pictures and just laugh at the ludicrousy of us attempting to support ourselves financially amidst the chaos of our home and family.

There are good days. There are rough days.

And then there are the days when you just have to give in to the madness.

(And now writing this post– it all seems so adorable, fun and exactly what I always wanted my life and work to be like.)

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kate October 19, 2009 at 8:35 am

you are so wonderful Hillary:)
And so wonderfully right in this– to give in to the chaos now and then, and to be able to look back and *know* you are leading a rich and so very full life:)


exhale. return to center. October 19, 2009 at 11:52 am

oh how i can relate to those photos of you working with kiddos climbing on you. lately mine have been practicing braiding my hair while i do “a couple of quick things” on the computer.

thank you so much much for reminding me why i am doing this whole crazy work-from-home thing!!! ;-)
.-= exhale. return to center.´s last blog ..a morning message =-.


Zanna October 19, 2009 at 6:17 pm

Great photos!

Nothin’ left to do but smile, smile, smile! :-)


Jasie VanGesen October 20, 2009 at 11:58 am

Those just might be the BEST pictures ever! :) Love the middle one of you and your little man at the bottom…
.-= Jasie VanGesen´s last blog ..A one drive-thru town. =-.


Kate October 21, 2009 at 7:54 am

Great pics and great reminders on laughing in the midst of chaos!! :)
.-= Kate´s last blog ..My Everyday Magic 10/21/09 =-.


TheOrganicSister October 25, 2009 at 1:43 pm

Isn’t it always funny how the moments that can most easily frustrate us ,when looked at from a different light, show us they are exactly what we’ve always wanted?

Sometimes that why I love blogging. Even if I never type it out, I can frame it like I am and it shows its true self to me.

.-= TheOrganicSister´s last blog ..I just want to feel good. =-.


flowers October 25, 2009 at 1:59 pm

That’s why I like blogging too, Tara. It is a way to reframe and see parts of the whole that might have been missed. I started writing the post in exasperation and by the end I was all teary by how sweet life is.


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