Katherine Stone is an award-winning, nationally recognized peer advocate for women with postpartum depression and the founder of PostpartumProgress.com. She was named among the top ten most influential mom bloggers by Babble in 2011 and 2012. She also was named a WebMD Health Hero in 2008, and won the 2010 Bloganthropy Award, given for using social media to make a difference. At Babble, Katherine writes the column Something Fierce, and also covers maternal health for Babble Cares. Her readers love her for her authenticity, trustworthiness, ferocity and vulnerability when it comes to covering issues important to moms.
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I just spent several days at my mother’s house in the mountains of North Carolina. As is often the case, her internet was down. This meant no tweeting, wall posting, blog posting or emailing.
This also means that this week, the week after the Thanksgiving holiday, I feel great. GREAT. Yes, I came home to a bazillionty emails, but I refuse to allow that to harsh my zen. We had such a wonderful time together — my mom, my husband and my two children — that I have a permasmile pasted on my face.
I feel very fortunate that my mom has such a peaceful place for our family to escape. Her house looks out on the Blue Ridge Mountains, and you can’t see any other people or houses from where it sits. It has a large pasture in the back, and though she doesn’t have any horses, she lets some neighbors down the hill who do keep some of their horses there, so we get the pleasure of seeing them and feeding them.
We also decided to tackle a new form of Thanksgiving fun: puzzles. I’ve always wanted to do this, so we went to the toy store in the town of Highlands, NC, and bought several and spent most of our time trying to put them all together.
There was also the raking up piles of leaves for jumping, the eating of the pies, and the taking of the naps. Altogether glorious.
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If you look closely you can see the Blue Ridge Mountains. That's the view from the entire back of my mom's house. So peaceful.
Photo credits: Katherine Stone