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I turned 38.  When I was 25, 38 seemed old. It seemed far away, and almost like a hurdle to all the things I wanted to do with my life. At 25, I had plans to travel the world, meet interesting people, have experiences that would change my life perspective (such as running with bulls… Read More

A photography project

Through The Lens Thursday is a one-year photography project, where every week, my project partner, Greta of GFunkified and I, will post a picture (or pictures) we have taken based on a prompt. Our hope is that together, we can teach and learn from each other, stay accountable to our goal of improving our skills, and hopefully, be… Read More

Birthday giveaway

The prizes in this giveaway are sponsored, but this post is of my own doing. No one paid me to announce to the world that I turn 37 this week. I turn 37 on Saturday, the 17th. I am uncomfortable with the number. Not because I’m afraid of aging – quite the opposite. I am… Read More

Blue birthday cake

Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You. ~ Dr. Seuss A year ago today, at 6.20 a.m., I held you in my arms for the first time. It was love at first sight. How could I ever wonder if I could love you… Read More


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Birthday cupcakes

Someone turned three on December 29. Three. Three years of…… what exactly? Love, light, laughter, joy, contentment? Tantrums, meltdowns, worry, concern, tears? Yes, of all the above. Three is not just his age, it’s the number of years I’ve been blessed beyond my imagination. I became someone else three years ago. Someone better? Someone different… Read More

Thirty Six

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Thirty six years old

  I am 36 today. I am grateful to be alive so I shall not complain about getting older. As I enter the ‘other side’ of the 30’s (is this considered ‘late 30s’?), I thought I’d tell you 36 things about me. Then I realized that you pretty much know me already (right?). So, on… Read More

Last year, I had an ingenious idea to start writing letters on behalf of my son to various members of the family who were living far away, as a way to keep them updated. Let’s just say there weren’t many letters.  This is one written to my sister’s then-fiance/ now husband. He is a seaman… Read More


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I am posting this early so I can spend the rest of the day with my birthday boy. December 29, 2011 Dear Monkey, You are two today. (insert tiny sob from Mama here) You’ve hit so many milestones these past 12 months – walking, running, talking, growing taller and taller. But what you are to… Read More

Tomorrow, my son turns 2. I thought it would be apt to share the letter I wrote to him on his first birthday, before I had a blog. Only 2 people have read this – my husband and my sister.  December 29, 2010 Dearest Monkey, You turn 1 today! And so begins, your annual letter from… Read More

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