April 6, 2015
house hunting

In the last season - when all of my babies were babies - I liked to keep things small. Even a 300-square-foot RV seemed cozy for that year on the road. It felt right to have everyone within whispering distance. Now, though, I watch my girls grow (8, 6, and 2 - it's hard to […]

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March 26, 2015
Dear O, 6 years old

Dear O, Whenever I think of you, my heart comes near to the bursting point with pride. You are an extraordinary little girl - both elegant and spunky, creative and careful. You adore the written language and pore over library books. On your own, you've read through stacks from our shelves - surprising us by […]

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February 1, 2015
not brave enough

Most days, I feel like I'm standing right on the brink of a cliff. I can shuffle my feet 360 degrees and run back to my snug "known" life of three healthy children. OR I can close my eyes and jump - welcoming a 4th baby into my body, taking over our lives and our hearts. […]

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December 2, 2014
A Hushed Thanksgiving

On Thanksgiving Day, we grabbed a few clif bars, a baby carrier, and some light sweaters. The five of us zoomed through the desert landscape to our favorite secret hiding spot - where the trees implore you to slow-down and the creek pries the worries from your fingers. The yellow leaves fell in swirls around us. […]

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November 24, 2014
the not-at-all terrible twos

When she calls for me in the night, she wraps her chubby arms around my neck and says, "MY mommy" in her sticky, sleepy voice. Sometimes her voice trails off..."the best." Rough road trip or afternoon? Cured by Itsy Bitsy Spider! She also requests Miss Muffet and The King Was In His Counting House. She […]

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November 22, 2014
memories of my grandma

My grandpa and grandma met on Coronado Island. As the story goes, he was a handsome navy seal, she was vacationing with her overbearing grandmother. A mere 19-years-old, she was a beauty with her bobbed brown hair, flawless skin, and painted lips. He was entranced and she was longing for freedom. The year was 1946 and […]

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