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  • The monopoly of the “first”

    Time for a confession, friends: my name is Shannon, and I am addicted to first times. I feel safe betting every future cup of coffee I may never get to drink that I am not the only one. I am practically obsessed with firsts – first smile, first word, first steps, first trip to the […]

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  • One more

    Give me one more tearful goodbye when I turn to leave your room at daycare, even though it breaks my heart.Give me one more bright-eyed squeal of delight when I walk into the room. Your joy makes all of the day’s madness slip away.Give me one more drop of your head on my shoulder, arms clinging […]

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  • My Fall Bucket List [#Blogtober14 Day 5]

    It’s #Blogtober14! I’m working on posts about more substantial topics, but for today I’ll stick to the prompt: What is your fall bucket list?Fall is my absolute favorite season. I hate the dead cold of winter outside of the maybe two days of good snow. The summer is gorgeous, but like so many I get tired of the oppressive heat (though I […]

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  • Chasing a Life of Balance

    chasing balance

    I feel so out of balance. It’s not just because I have a cold this week (thanks boys!), though I’m sure the itch in my throat and the pain in my ears are messing with my equilibrium. I just feel like everything is up in the air and that I’m somehow just churning through each day – […]

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  • Arthur’s 1st Birthday, and remembering.

    birthday

    I am overwhelmed with profound thoughts and emotions, and strangely enough find myself without the words to express them. My little boy’s first birthday is today – he’s officially crossed over from “baby” to “toddler” even though in my eyes and heart he will just always be my precious love. He’s 10 inches longer than he was […]

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  • The father who’s there

    Fathers are at a serious disadvantage that begins at conception. No matter how many appointments they attend or how many ultrasounds they see, mothers have an immediate and soul-deep connection with every child they carry because each is, for those many weeks, an actual part of his mother. There was even a post I remember seeing several months ago […]

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  • The family we choose

    I have been blessed with a full and loving family. Sometimes, I even mean my family of origin. (Yes, even you Mark.) See, I’m not a firm believer in the adage that blood is thicker than water. I don’t favor many of my relatives over others, and while I may get along with some of […]

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  • Making our house a home: the kitchen & dining room

    We’re 17 days away from moving, and inching ever closer to making our house gorgeous! Brian deserves a medal. I don’t know who would give it to him, but somebody needs to get on that. He has gone full steam with plastering, sanding, painting, and correcting the imperfections of age to make our house the best […]

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  • Making our house a home: the nursery

    Since we picked up the keys to our house on December 18, I’ve been focused on one thing: painting the nursery! There’s a whole lot to be done aesthetically throughout – the house is 72 years old and the previous owner was an elderly woman who understandably wasn’t able to keep up with everything. Cracks […]