I got a little trigger-happy during Thanksgiving, so …

11/25/2012 at 11:38 pm | Posted in family, just plain fun, Love | 1 Comment



11/22/2012 at 10:10 am | Posted in Love | Leave a comment

For Marc and Lily and Sophie and all of our family.

For friends who love us like family.

For our health.

For a cozy home that has heat and water and food.

For a job that I absolutely love (and had never imagined this was even possible).

For all the ways (big and little) that joy manifests itself in my life.

For you, sweet readers, who inspire me and help keep this little website going.

So very thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Hope your day is filled with warmth, love and lots of good food
(that may or may not be wrapped in bacon).



11/11/2012 at 8:48 pm | Posted in Love, oh the places we go | 2 Comments

We needed this weekend more than you can imagine.

Time away from the kids.

The chance to hang out with other grown-ups and be silly and sleep late and carry on real conversations without a little person hollering excuuuuse meeeee every five seconds.

And laugh til it hurt.

And enjoy each other. A lot.

Just perfect.

Eight years ago today

10/23/2012 at 3:55 pm | Posted in Love | 7 Comments

Eight years ago.

Fresh-faced, excited, on the brink of something awesome.

Very much in love.

Still today.

Lucky me.

Little Mister Monroe

09/14/2012 at 1:19 pm | Posted in family, Love | 6 Comments

I have a nephew! Isn’t he beautiful?

Laura gave birth to Monroe Albert (named for our dad) yesterday morning. He was 7 pounds and 6 ounces and I don’t know how many inches long.

He is a total dreamboat. I could have held him all day.

And I can’t tell you how much I am IN AWE of my sister, who was informed (at 5+ cm dilated) that she would not be able to have an epidural because of a low blood platelet count or something like that. I just can’t even imagine how it would feel to have the tables turned on you so dramatically at the very last minute. She is a warrior, indeed.

Here are the beaming new parents, with lovely little Monroe:

And here I am, one smitten auntie:

Congratulations to my little sis and her sweet family! We’re over the moon!

More photos coming soon …

A wonderful Christmastime

01/02/2012 at 9:32 pm | Posted in family, Love, snap happy | 8 Comments
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I struggled in the days leading up to Christmas. A new wave of anxiety, brought on by I don’t know what. I just couldn’t get my mind to the Christmas-y place I longed for it to be. Especially for my girls.

But after a few nights of early bedtime (Sophie STILL isn’t sleeping through), a hot bath or two, a glass of champagne (thanks to my friend Erin) and my fair share of chocolate, the vice-grip on my chest loosened up. Just in time for Christmas Eve. Thank goodness.

Snuggled on the couch with Marc that night for our yearly viewing of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” gifts wrapped and under the tree, the final items crossed off my list, it hit me. Peace. I swear I could feel it in my toes.

And so began a truly magical Christmas.

Behold the plate of cookies Lily made for Santa. She was especially ecstatic to see the crumbs on Christmas morning.

christmas cookiesAnd I quote: “He brought it!” “Santa brought it for me!” “Eeeeeeeeee!!!”

opening christmas giftsSophie woke after Lily, and when Marc brought her into the living room, all rosy cheeks and Fraggle Rock hair, she dive-bombed into Lily’s pile of gifts and wrapping paper. A total free-for-all.

opening christmas gifts

And she wanted to be wherever big sister was, doing whatever big sister was doing, every single minute.

Moments like this just stop me in my tracks. There is already so much love between these two. I know the fighting will come … but still … there will always be love.

Three cheers for the self-timer! I think this is my favorite family portrait so far.

I hope your holiday celebration was just lovely. Happy new year!

Our weekend

11/27/2011 at 11:39 pm | Posted in family, Love, snap happy | 3 Comments

Spotted: sitting(!) baby, waving to Santa during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, Hungary for Turkey, my parents, our Christmas tree, busy in the kitchen

Missing: my lovely mother- and sister-in-law with whom we had a wonderful time on Friday (because I was too sick and pitiful to dig my camera out of my bag), and the Deputy, who helped me make a ton of sweets today (but would kill me for publishing the only photo I took of her making a face by the stove)

Hope your holiday weekend was happy and relaxing!

So very grateful

11/24/2011 at 9:11 am | Posted in baby sunshine, Love | 1 Comment
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This is the perfect example of how one minute and twenty-three seconds can change the entire course of my day.

How a fleeting moment, a chubby baby splashing in the bath last night, can stop me in my tracks and remind me how very blessed I am.

Remind me to be grateful. To savor this life. To hug my family tight every day. To say I love you. To be generous. And patient. To love wildly.

Thanksgiving nudges me to be more mindful. To fully appreciate my life.

And today, I’m grateful.

Much happiness to you and yours this Thanksgiving Day!

Seven years ago today

10/23/2011 at 9:03 pm | Posted in Love | 3 Comments
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Do you ever play that game … “one year/month/day ago at this exact moment, I was (insert memory here)”?

I do it all the time. Especially on special occasions.

Every year on Lily’s birthday I pause at exactly 11:20 a.m. to reflect on the amazing moment of her birth.

And today.

Exactly seven years ago right now, I was cutting a rug at my wedding reception at a country club in a beautiful little town along the North Carolina coast. Huge grin plastered across my face, tattered wedding dress train slung over my arm, squeezing the hand of my new husband.

I got lucky. I married one of the good ones.

(In fact, he’s upstairs right now consoling a fussy Sophie.)

And I can honestly say that I’m as happy today as I was in that blissful moment seven years ago.

Happier, really.

Mother and daughter

10/12/2011 at 9:44 am | Posted in Love, Motherhood | 8 Comments
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I discovered this photo last night and it nearly made me cry. In a good way.

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