My fourth daughter, Isobel Jane (henceforward to be known on the blog as Cherry), arrived earthside at sunrise on April 22nd: 9 pounds and 21 inches even. It was a precipitous labor, which I intend to write about at a later date. Suffice it for now to say she is perfect. She has the sweetest temperament, and we all adore her. My long absence is due primarily to my jealously guarding these precious baby days. It took me five children and ten years to realize how much I needed to treasure this sixth newborn, to soak up every moment, even the ones where I was exhausted and unwashed and weary. I am so grateful for this time, for my daughter, for the profound and humbling gift of motherhood. Thank you all for your prayers through my pregnancy. They sustained me and, I’m sure, helped to make Isobel’s entrance into the world (and the weeks following) so awesomely beautiful. Thank you, thank you. And thank you for joining us, sweet girl. We are so very happy you’re here.
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Happy Epiphany! In his homily today, our priest focused on the question, Where is Jesus? As he pointed out, this is a paraphrase of the very first words attributed to men in the gospels: the wise men inquiring of Herod, “Where is... Continue reading →
If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that our family is anticipating a new arrival this spring! I finally made a (very impromptu and very lame) announcement this week over on IG, letting y’all know that I’m 17... Continue reading →
The future is my happy place. I rarely linger over the past, but the realm of dreams and uncertainties is where I go to taste possibility, to savor the sweetness of what could be. Of course the trouble is that... Continue reading →