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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What are your favorite non-gift-gifts?🎁

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What are your favorite gifts that are more like non-gifts but feel like the best kind of gifts? 🎁

Josh and I spent a good while the other night going through our Christmas game plan before any last minute shipping windows close soon. I felt frazzled trying to remember what I’ve already ordered, where anything even is that’s arrived (hey renovation!), and also just that mom weight on my shoulders of wanting to give my kids the freaking world but also stay within a budget but also it’s Christmas but also not spoil them....

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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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