amelia · birthdays · clinically isolated syndrome · writing

A Six Year Milestone (for Amelia’s Birthday)

Dear Amelia, Today you are six. Once upon a time I marked these milestones pretty well with blog posts. Well, I hit one and two and three and four… but there’s a noticeable gap for last year. I wonder if someday you’ll ask me why because you’ll have forgotten. I’m not sure I want you… Continue reading A Six Year Milestone (for Amelia’s Birthday)

birthdays · madelynne · motherhood

10 Things I Haven’t Learned in 10 Years of Motherhood

I would have thought by the time she turned ten, I’d have been a bit of an expert. Motherhood? Got it. Yeah, right. Instead, last Friday she turned ten and I ran myself ragged trying to please everyone ten times over and maybe I was successful. Or maybe I’m just kidding myself and we’re never… Continue reading 10 Things I Haven’t Learned in 10 Years of Motherhood

birthdays · joshua · marriage

You’ll Always Be Enough {especially for his birthday}

Today is your birthday and we’re both 34 years old and feeling it in the arms and legs and hands that tangle together in a second-hand bed you bought to be big enough for us and four dark-eyed babies who, no matter their age, still crawl in to snuggle on early mornings. Last night the… Continue reading You’ll Always Be Enough {especially for his birthday}

birthdays · Friday Five · http://schemas.google.com/blogger/2008/kind#post · motherhood

How She Gave Away Her Birthday Cake and Gave Me Joy {Five Minute Friday}

On Fridays this community of prayer warriors and sleep-deprived mamas and funny college students and thoughtful friends takes one word and writes without editing, without backtracking, without over thinking for five minutes.  Sometimes we cheat a little, like me today, because I needed about 8 minutes to get it all out. But Lisa Jo knows… Continue reading How She Gave Away Her Birthday Cake and Gave Me Joy {Five Minute Friday}

birthdays · http://schemas.google.com/blogger/2008/kind#post · motherhood

Learning Lessons from My Strong Willed Child

Dear Annabelle, I’m going to need you to come back home.  I know you’re loving hiking with your Marmie on the AT even though it’s wet and cold, but I need you here. You’re my strong-willed child, for sure, but it’s that strong will of yours that’s teaching me lessons of eternal value. Did you… Continue reading Learning Lessons from My Strong Willed Child

birthdays · faith · giveaways

Birthday Wishes with 163 Design Company

I wore it like a talisman all those long days and nights that went by impossibly quick slow that last week of last year into the first days of a new beginning. Jennifer, who was my roommate at Allume, and shares more than just a corner of this big internet with me, offered them up… Continue reading Birthday Wishes with 163 Design Company

birthdays · motherhood · school

More than Flowers (What May Brought)

So it’s occurring to me while I’m working on a (hopefully) profound post about how I need to slow my life down, that I haven’t done a lot of casual blogging lately about what’s been keeping us so busy.  May is marching on by with its cold snaps and thunderstorms and heartaches too big for… Continue reading More than Flowers (What May Brought)