My mom loves me

A few years ago, my mom gave me a stack of journals that she had written from 1978 to 1990.  Originally, I think she had written some of these in Finnish, her native tongue, and she transferred these to a new journal and translated into English so I could read her words. The journals are... Continue Reading →

The Art of the Apology

I think the ability to offer a sincere apology is one of the simplest and most powerful art forms.  I have yet to master this art form (even though I probably apologize more often than necessary due to my inflated sense of guilt), and I would love for everyone else in my life to master... Continue Reading →

Cesspool of carcinogens for sale

I am horrified. Sometime within the past year, in a haze of sleep deprivation, postpartum depression, and overwhelmingness-with-life, I decided we needed a King-sized mattress. I wanted this so I could get some sleep.  So I could have room in the bed that now contained a squirmy, growing baby.  So I wouldn't have to sleep... Continue Reading →

Fall cabin camping

This was our third cabin camping trip at Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement this year.  In some ways, it was our favorite one so far.  Although I love all the seasons in their glory, fall really does take the prize for the most beautiful scenery, and on weekends like this, it also has the best weather. On... Continue Reading →

I love love.

Today I am grateful for the simple gift of having love in my heart. Having children has taught me a lot of things, but most importantly it has taught me the meaning of unconditional love.  I love them.  And I love them no matter what.  I will always love them, no matter what.  I will... Continue Reading →

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