It is very difficult for me to watch my children through illness that I can't control. After a month of pneumonia, ear infections and flu, I have amassed a bucket-o'-remedies that span the globe, from Eastern medicine to Western medicine, from homeopathic to antibiotic, from elderberry syrup to cough syrup, from herbs and tinctures to acetaminophen and ibuprofen.
But I think what finally did the trick was the love, care, and kindness of our community. In the past week, we have graciously accepted offers of herbs, homemade chicken soup, and two trips to the grocery store. And yesterday, on my doorstep, was this collection of healing stones from a dear friend. It sits as an altar in the center of our home, attracting healing energy and reminding all of us that we are well taken care of, and held high in the hearts of those who love us. (Clockwise from the large purple one: Brazilian River Rock, Tourmalinated Quartz, Chrysoprase, Citrine, Flame Agate)