holding to be held.

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just logging in with so much to say but also very tired eyes (which means all the words may have to wait). i hope you’re doing alright and have had good moments in your week that surely had rocky parts, too.

there is this little thing miss beatrice often does where she reaches her arms up for me and says, “mama, i want to hold you…” meaning she wants to be picked up, and be held....

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a farewell to summer…

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a farewell to summer…

…that brought our family

bunnies and one day old chicks a new zip code and a three hour time change our first home purchase (+ a floor pooled with water in the laundry room on day two in the new house because #welcome-to-home-owning, the walls laughed) a lot of therapeutic tears and hard conversations “pokies” in the bottoms of our shoes from adventures in the desert color swatches and personal thrill at painting my first front door any color i fancy story pirates- keeping us on the edge of our buckled seats in car rides both long and short a graduation from stroller napping our first monsoon a coconut creme obsession soccer shoes with cleats hidden underneath drawn up dreams on tracing papers with a home renovation slowly taking shape the very best taylor swift album freckles and tan lines and sun hats (and 110+ degree temps each day for 50 days) a deeper love and appreciation for dear friends, family and loved ones we don’t get to see, hug and hold as often the promise of a gentler winter a determination to refocus ourselves on the good, and make the best of a new chapter we’d never anticipated writing

and things to look forward to in the near future –

like… a front stoop for carved pumpkins fresh eggs from the coop out back a roof strung with twinkling christmas lights soon enough and a new mailbox out front for eleanor to paint spaceships and daisies on

welcome, september!...

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just a little bit of homework for tonight…

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just before our first monsoon of the season rolled in the other evening, i plopped myself outside on the patio to watch the sun tuck itself over the horizon. the colors drew me in as i’d passed the doorway, demanding my attention the way a saturated color palette stretched as far as one could see would.  ...

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tiny bubbles and hands so clean!

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if somewhere in the world there was an award given for “best hand washer,” i’d confidently place my bets on one of my girls to take home the title. beatrice and madalena have become exceptional hand washers in the year 2020 and diligently scrub their hands during the day like it’s their favorite pastime… to put it frankly – it actually is their favorite pastime....

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life lately, according to my camera roll.

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a photo dump of almost 50 images from my camera roll documenting some happy simple moments from summertime. birthday celebrations, small adventures near our new home, and apparently a lot of ice cream dates! i’ll let the photos speak for themselves. a lot of special nuggets in here that capture the spirit of these five spirited kiddos and our new chapter in arizona…....

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