spring break without the camera

Some of the  joys of being married to my school teacher husband are the many vacations he gets.  This week, Alan is on spring break! We have a whole luxurious week to spend together as a family, catching up and reconnecting.  We also have plenty of time to do some --ahem-- less pleasant jobs...such as... Continue Reading →

this moment

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. from SouleMama.com

princess for a day

Before Mia was born, and even in her early years, I was adamantly opposed to anything "princess".  My ideas about princesses had come from watching Disney films and reading (awful) Disney books, in which the (usually) white, blond, blue-eyed, helpless girl is rescued by a strong and capable prince.  She has nothing going for her... Continue Reading →

another year, another birthday!

Alan turned 32 today! He was born on the first day of spring, which I've always thought a perfect metaphor for who he is.  Alan is purely spontaneous, bringing new perspectives into my life and never failing to surprise me...which is not *always* a good thing, but is what drew me to him and what... Continue Reading →

spring picnic

Today we had our first picnic of the year! Mia was entranced by the half-frozen lake and found all sorts of natural treasures to play with and a few to take home.  Had I dressed Anna in more appropriate attire, she could have had a blast, too...unfortunately, I had her dressed in a way-too-cute-to-get-stained outfit. ... Continue Reading →

gratitude

tiny rivers of melted snow tickle the streets like laughter in an otherwise quiet room my worry melts soften my shoulders with gratitude and a promise of normal.

one year

Happy birthday to Anna, who turned one year old yesterday. Although the days leading up to her birthday had me an emotional train-wreck, I managed to enjoy the day without shedding a tear. We had a small party with immediate family (sans my parents and littlest sister, who were on vacation) and Anna's Godparents--just enough... Continue Reading →

this moment

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.... Continue Reading →

one year ago

One year ago today, I stood in my kitchen, cradling my basketball of a belly, posing for  a last chance to capture this short-lived, sacred moment. Alan took a picture.  Four and a half days later, in the next room, my little Anna slipped out of me into water. One year ago today, I did... Continue Reading →

waking

Grandma Mary gave us this lovely little basket of spring.  It sits in our sunny kitchen and keeps Mia and I company while we eat breakfast every morning.  Mia delights in counting the number of new blooms each morning and carefully moistens the soil with her water-filled spray bottle. This basket, along with warm days... Continue Reading →

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