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On Being Bold

This week Remy has discovered slides.   Remy knew about slides before, of course. He loves the stairs at any playground and often climbs to the top (with one of us nervously standing behind him) where he waits for us to go down the big slide with him. This week, we accidentally ended up at…

On Being Still

This week Lent began. Lent is, hands down, my favorite season. My small family is not Catholic, but we believe in embracing truth and beauty wherever it can be found. And Lent is truly a season of truth and beauty. Lent has three main tenants: prayer, fasting, and alms giving. For the past eight years…

On one year of crazy adventure

This week Remy turned one.                     Its hard to believe that this time last year we were enjoying the most fabulous, laid back Christmas ever in the hospital with a tiny, barely-human creature that couldn’t do anything at all. And this year, we have a boy…

an old cathedral with empty pews

On Advent (Love Wins)

In the Church calendar, Advent is the four weeks before Christmas. Much like Lent (the 40 days before Easter), Advent is a time of anticipation. Of waiting. Of Longing. I am not a “Christmas person.” I’m partial to Lent, actually; but Advent is a close second for me. Although they take place in the same…

A baby sits in a highchair, looking off camera for more food.

On Signing

Remy’s been walking in earnest for almost a month now. Everyone said walking would be the big game changer. I disagree. This month Remy also began signing back to us. And that has changed everything. We began using basic signs with Remy around six months, when he started eating at the table with us. “More” and “all-done”…

bright red cranberries in a bowl of water

On Sparkling Cranberries

Having a kiddo changes a lot of things (all of the things?) and the Holidays are no exception. My husband and I are not holiday people. We generally do not give gifts, we do not decorate the house, we do not travel, we do not listen to Christmas music unless it is Christmas Day. We do…

a baby smiles at his reflection in a mirror from his carseat

On Watching Children Fall Asleep

(The Second Installment in an Occational Series on What I Wish Other Parents Had Told Me) Plenty of parents talk about watching their children sleep. Mostly, its in a vaguely creepy context, where the child is already blissfully dreaming and the parents are hovering above the bed, whispering about how adorable their little angel is.…

Also, every photo I take of this boy turns out blurry now

On baby boy pockets (part two)

I’ve marveled before at the tiny pockets sewn into my son’s shirts and trousers. Remy still doesn’t know they are there, or how to use them properly. But, amazingly, at ten months old he does seem to need them. Remy is curious. He is an explorer. Remy loves to crawl around the house to see…