I took a picture while running recently and I can’t stop staring at it. I get lost in it. My daughter’s ponytail caught mid-swing as she comfortably strides at her perfect pace. Our puppy chasing her, eager to catch up, mid-air, sprinting. Their shadows are crisply cast. The photo tells a story, not only of what’s happening but of things to come. I’m not a photographer, by any stretch. I just snapped a bunch of shots with my phone, hoping to get something good. I tried to get my own shadow in the picture, because how cool would that have been? Couldn’t do it. Even if my shadow didn’t … [Read more...]
Dear Jade, One year ago, you surprised our family by arriving six weeks early. I wasn't prepared. Your bedroom wasn't built yet, the car seat was still sealed in it's carton, and we hadn't cleaned out our apartment to make room for an influx of stuff. I wasn't prepared. Sleep deprivation, irrational crying, piles of laundry, and navigating sibling jealousy. I wasn't prepared. Frilly dresses, hair bows, wiping a vagina for diaper changes, and calling you my "Sweet, Sweet" publicly. I wasn't prepared. Upon your arrival, our family consisted of mom, me, and your … [Read more...]
"I just have to remember that bringing you into the world was the easy part, and that all the work lies in preparing you to live in it. There is no greater feeling than creating something, and there's nothing scarier than having to put it out into the world."
+ + +Dear Olivia, It's amazing to think that it's been four whole years since you came into our lives. A lot can happen in that amount of time. Presidents come and go (or get re-elected); students complete an entire high school or college career; and a temperamental, helpless baby can turn into a … [Read more...]