Blakely Ames

We had already gone in for that first exciting ultrasound and everything was measuring perfectly, but a few weeks passed, and one random morning I went to the bathroom and I was spotting. A lot. My heart sank. This isn’t normal, I thought, am I losing the baby?  I called the doctor to see if […]

Wildly Free

100 acres. 100 acres of pure, indefinable heaven. All of my teenage years were spent migrating away from there, reaching desperately for freedom, for somewhere bigger and faster and more. “I have to show everyone! I have to be the person who picked her life up and started brand new, somewhere, ANYWHERE that isn’t here.” […]

Hoop-Dee-Doo

“Hoop-dee-doo, hoop-dee-doo!” Everyone in the restaurant was swinging their napkins around, laughing at the horribly cheesy jokes told by the comedians at the dinner show. It was only appropriate to be there with my Grandpa, given his love for clever, quick-witted, especially cheesy jokes. We were in Disney World, far from our first visit. Every […]

The Grief of Change

  I’ve never done well with big changes. It makes me very anxious and I’m never comfortable with how long it takes me to get used to things. This change, though it was the biggest of my life, I was ready and excited for. I was 9 months pregnant with our beautiful baby girl, she […]

Leave The Mess, Say Yes

I believe that part of being a good parent is ending every day reflecting on, sometimes even questioning your motives; “What could I have done differently?” “Was I my best me today?” “Did I teach my child enough? Give them enough? Was I enough?” “What can I do differently tomorrow?” I also wonder how many […]

A New-found Love

  Just over a year ago on June 22nd, my husband and I welcomed our beautiful daughter, Porter, into the world. A lot of people say that when your children are born, you realize you didn’t know what love was before then. I never thought that could be true because I knew love long before […]

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