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The Shoulders Upon Which I Stand

Because we have been moving and unpacking for the last 2 weeks, my amazing little sister has given me permission to repost a blog post she wrote this week.  I love, love, loved it!  Let me know what you think!  And, for the record, I have added the pictures. ***This post is dedicated to those people, both named and unnamed, who have had a powerful impact in helping me to become who I am. All stories have been used with…

Lessons from Dad

In honor of my dad's 66th birthday, I have compiled a list of important things I have learned from him (either because of his example, his words, or his actions) that I want to teach my own children.  Here they are, in no particular order. You don't have to be perfect at everything you do, as long as you do your best.  I vividly remember the first time I brought home a B-.  It was really traumatic for me, and…

The Ones We Won’t Hold

A couple of months ago, Jeff and I found out that we were expecting our second child.  We were thrilled!  Adeline has brought us so much joy and we were so excited to have another baby to dote on, adore, and love unconditionally. We told a few people we were expecting... Mostly because I am lucky enough to have a titled uterus, which makes it painfully obvious that I am expecting from very early on... from approximately 5 weeks.  I…

Since I Can’t Save Her From This Nightmare

A couple of nights ago, my daughter woke up screaming in the middle of the night.  She was crying so hard that she could barely breathe.  Normally when she wakes up during the night, she just whimpers a little and then falls back asleep, but this time it was different.  I went into her room and picked her up.  I held her while her ragged sobs slowed, and she eventually fell back asleep.  Based on her cries, I think she…

Because One Day, She Won’t Need Me

On Flexible Fridays, I will be writing on many different topics--really, on whatever strikes my fancy at the time (hence the reason it's called "Flexible Friday").  Today, I will write on a topic that is near and dear to my heart.  I hope I can articulate what I want to say in a way that makes sense and can give you a glimpse into my heart. The first few months (maybe even the first 7 months) of my daughter's life…