our baby girls are THREE!

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I hope you are ready for the biggest photo dump ever, because I had to include basically all the photos from Madalena and Beatrice’s third birthday! Don’t ask a mother to narrow them down, now! It’s an impossible task.  We celebrated the big day with two pink cakes, a unicorn piñata and new bikes! Also, Nana came to visit which made the weekend extra special (since we also get to celebrate our handsome Mister Samson’s 9th birthday this weekend, too!...

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five minutes into the new year.

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On the last day of 2020, we ate take-out deep-dish pizza for dinner picnic-style on the floor of our kitchen and introduced Madalena and Beatrice to their first cups of sparkling apple cider. “You like it, mom? It’s too spicy for you, mom?” Beatrice said as she casually stole my cup once hers ran low.  She is my only child who calls me “mom” instead of “mama,” and I swear in this moment I caught a glimpse of her future adult self and I’m still a little bit shook....

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a season to give.

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It’s wild to believe we’re nine days into December and 2020 is coming to a close! I know this year has thrown off everyone’s plans in one way or another as our interactions and daily activities and even living situations have shifted dramatically. As so many are experiencing heartache first hand through loss and sickness and personal struggles, I think one of the best ways to close out the year is to look outside our selves and serve someone else....

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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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a baptism in the swimming pool.

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playing a big game of catch up with my blog right now, and wanted to share this special update from a few months back! our handsome mister samson turned eight years old at the end of may and chose to be baptized.  samson was so excited for his baptism in the months leading up to his birthday and we were trying to figure out how best to make it happen for him when our church buildings (the more usual or common place where baptisms take place) are currently closed due to the pandemic....

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