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Thanks for the encouragement 💛 The two year old and seven month old leave little time for me to pursue my creative interests but it’s moms like you that remind me I’m holding on for the someday when I can hopefully find the time to write again.

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It will happen! <3

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The “My Fair Lady” line! Yes. That’s exactly it. 5, 8 and under here and I keep reminding myself that it isn’t forever. In some ways things are already easier than the 3 small ones (that almost killed me), but also intense in that people now have scheduled activities AND there is a newborn and toddler. I am hopeful for brief periods of bodily autonomy and hot food in my future.

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3 small ones was the hardest stage for me. Having 4 kids but some of them big enough to take care of themselves and pitch in is so different!

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You’re doing the Lord’s work-I needed that reminder that everyone won’t always need me all the time today. Thank you for the encouragement. Also loved that piece about the cannon; I’ve just been rereading one of my favorite female authors, Elizabeth Gaskell, and thinking how she needs to be appreciated more/part of the cannon. Same with books like “Things Fall Apart;” a marvelous novel I wish I had known about sooner/should be part of the cannon. Finally, from several newsletters ago, I watched “The Lost King” you’d mentioned and adored it!

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I love Gaskell so much. A beloved professor of mine died (of cancer, very young) a few years ago and she studied Gaskell so I bought all the novels to read in her memory and fell in love with them. I'm glad this one was an encouragement! And I'm so glad you loved The Lost King. It was just exactly my kind of movie!

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I’m sorry for your loss. What a beautiful way to honor her memory. They’re wonderful. Cranford was the last book that made me cry. So glad I watched it-I may or may not have looked up the American branch of the Richard III society afterwards 😂

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Jun 4, 2023Liked by Haley Stewart

I'm excited to dive into those internet reads! And thank you for the encouragement, I've looked up to you for inspiration for years. Currently I have 4 kids (my oldest is about to turn 7), and lately, even when I've managed to grab snippets of time for creative writing, my brain and body are so fried that it's tough to string together sentences. So it's really helpful to remember that as wonderful as this season is, good things are ahead as well :)

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That burnout is real. Hang in there!

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Jun 3, 2023Liked by Haley Stewart

Selling Friends - what a thought provoking and also very fun read!

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Clare Coffey is one of my favorite writers. It was such a good piece!

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Love the article by Clare Coffey! She really encapsulates what is happening with online media. My hope though is that people revisit connecting on a real and personal level instead of on social media.

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I would LOVE a list of must-read catholic fiction (and accidentally catholic fiction...lotta lapsed Catholic writers out there who can’t seem to escape the themes of universal human dignity and divine grace). Your list of great children’s books for catholic kids went straight to my kids’ Amazon wish list and we have loved every single recommendation!

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