Walking For Wishes

Finding ways to give back and involve my children in the process has been an interesting challenge for us. Over the past several years, we’ve chosen opportunities as certain events have come about to involve Jack and Zoe in; after Hurricane Sandy hit New York...


A Sweet Introduction

Relocating our family into a new town just weeks before school started made me slightly nervous. Ideally, we would have had plenty of time to unpack and settle into our new home and neighborhood before being thrust into the routine of busy school mornings, homework,...


Creating Our Home

We have been in our new (to us) home for almost two full weeks, as hard to believe as that is. There are piles of things in every corner, empty spaces waiting to be filled with new furniture and walls that are awaiting paint and...


Their Safe Place

My oldest two children, Jack and Zoe, are 19 months apart in age. Jack was still very much a baby himself when Zoe was born and because of that they have always been incredibly close to one another. We did everything together, including pack and...


Capturing the Waning Days of Summer

Generally when the summer months start to wind down and shift gears from long, relaxing hours into the more geared up and structured mentality for back-to-school, this is the time we all begin to get a little bit frazzled and frayed at the edges. We’ve...


Freedom Ride

The summer months bring a whole new current into our lives and system as a family. Justin keeps his normal schedule and mine fluctuates, ebbing and flowing amongst the demands of Jack, Zoe and Beau’s schedules. Pancakes as often as possible are a personal priority,...


Sacred Slumber

The very first piece of (new) “furniture” that we received as a couple was a mattress, a moving gift bestowed upon us by my mother. We were thrilled to upgrade to a queen size from a full, despite wedging it into our bedroom with a...


Setting the Conditions

Justin and I met at an alcohol-laden Christmas Party. I showed up with a handful of friends after celebrating the holidays barhopping at the infamous pubs in our hometown. It was already sort of late in the evening and the festivities were dying down when we...


Building Our Ship

Shortly after Justin and I met, our lives took the fast track into our forever together. He helped me move out of my college apartment in San Francisco and into his parents' home with him. I worked and he attended his prerequisite science classes in...


Outdoor Resources

One of the beautiful parts about my relationship with my husband is that we really don’t have all that much in common. The important things are alike of course, our hearts, beliefs and priorities are in line but when it comes to simple logistics and...


Nostalgia, Finely Tuned

As a child, we spent a lot of time at home. My mom ran a day care for a few neighborhood children out of our home until I was about six years old, and I can remember feeling like our house was so much fun....


Real Spaces, Loving Places

As a family, we spend quite a bit of time with the grandparents. It’s a natural thing for us to be together often, even though they live close to 40 minutes away. Each of their homes is stocked with extra toothbrushes, pajamas, child-sized cups and...

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