shutting up the crickets {alternative title: how easily I cry}

It’s been quiet around here, yeah?

Have you been enjoying the crickets?

Don’t worry, I am alive…in case you were wondering. They’ll shut up soon.

So where have I been? Well, this move has brought some changes and challenges. And some that have kept me away from this here little blog.

First, since we moved in the middle of the school year, my three children who were in school, are now home with me. All. the. time. Like 24/7. I love my kids, I really do. It’s just been a huge adjustment. Trying to find time to myself not only to blog, but just to think without being interrupted, is proving to be very difficult.

Second, I’ve been traveling back and forth to our house in Tennessee weeding through the junk we left there and getting it ready to put on the market. This is quite the task when traveling alone with four kids and the dog (who hates being in the car…the dog, not the kids). Since we moved all of our furniture, we can’t stay at our house so we get to stay at my parents’ place. Which is great….except the fact they don’t have Internet! And their neighbors all have secured networks – how dare they! I never truly realized how much I rely on the world wide web to pretty much do everything. For reals.

So here I am sitting in Panera on a Sunday morning typing this as I am listening to a girl being interviewed for a nursing program or something by a jolly, older southern gentlemen. I’ve learned she has been a nanny for 10 years and loves “her” kids. She even visits one of the families every year in Holland. She is from Maine, and wait… what? She only has to take two general ed courses! Wow. She’s way ahead of everyone else the man said!

Anywho, I may not have been on this little space, but I’ve been keeping busy.

Here’s what I’ve been up to lately…

1) I’ve read this book and this book. Cried in both.

2) Watched a few movies. Yes, Pitch Perfect, duh. But also Silver Linings Playbook…two times. Once with my mama and once by myself. Cause I really do love it that much. And yes, I cried both times.

3) Have had a few late night talks with my oldest daughter (10 years old) who, truth be told, is more mature than me. She read one of the books I read (about an international adoption). She was in shock & heart broken. We’ve talked about the injustices in this world. We cried together and brainstormed ways we can do something about it.

4) I’m doing this art course again. It starts Tuesday! I’m so excited!!! (and I’m sure I’ll cry as some point along the way).

sr20135) I found this conference and I think is what I’ve been looking for. A place to encourage women to live our story…and turning our mess into our message. I hope it will be filled with creativity and love.


I don’t know much about the women hosting it, but I do know they are beautiful, creative souls. (and if I go, I know I will cry.)

6) Been entertaining myself with pictures of #mymorningmop on Instagram. You can follow along (@amberzaccagni) if you wanna see pictures like this


or this


The only crying I do with with these pics, is from laughter, cause I’m such a dork.

7) I’ve got something something big happening next month and it starts on Friday! I’m totally freaked out excited & scared at the same time. Here’s a little hint…


P.S. I’m gonna need your help. And yes, sometimes I cry when I think about it.

Stay tuned…

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6 Responses to shutting up the crickets {alternative title: how easily I cry}

  1. I, too, wish to attend hopespoken, but at this point in our lives I just don’t think a residency can support me to attend. Bummer. I am so happy to see that you are going and that you are going to be a part of such an awesome thing.

    Also, Pitch Perfect was pretty much amazing. Did you read the book Silver Linings Playbook? Totally different from the movie.

    • Amber says:

      I didn’t read the book…didn’t even know it was one. But it’s probably better I didn’t cause then I wouldn’t like the movie as much ;)

      I’m hoping to go to that conference. Nothing in stone yet. Would LOVE to meet you there, but I totally understand all too well this chapter in life you’re in (me too, until July!).

  2. Camille says:

    Omg I love you.

  3. wzm says:

    The books sound pretty intense. It can be so hard as a parent – with the responsibilities and commotion – to stay active with other core personal concerns. But I find books do help to, at least, keep me aimed in the right directions.

    That’s great your daughter is at age for you two to engage in discussion of tougher topics.

    We watched a great family movie with our 9 year old on netflix the other night titled “That’s What I Am” – Focuses on character, integrity, compassion. Not for the younger children but good for 9+.

    • Amber says:

      Yes, I love that we can discuss different topics and that she loves to read. I’ll have to check out that movie. Thanks for the recommendation :)

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