Begin Again

August 30, 2015


I’d like to be here more often. I miss having complete thoughts – something writing allows and immortalizes. But lately consistency has been saved for my family. Still, I miss this space.  Reading through old posts is really strolling through our past and I love that.

So here’s a promise to try to carve out some time.

Meanwhile, here is our family as we are right now. Thank you Target (and an awesome Groupon) for freezing time.normalfamilyportraitfall2015

The kids are growing and so is our family. Peter James joined us in March, the Tuesday before Easter to be exact. Having a baby during Holy Week made Easter especially joyful and crazy.

Peter is a delight and loved by all. Babies are such a gift. I love watching Gwen, Harry, Ben, Jane and Maisie with each other and Peter.

Reccently, we were chatting in the van (so many neat conversations occur while we are driving around – is it like that in your family?) about what family life would be like 20 years from now. Who would be married(everyone but Jane – she’s decided she will live with me and Ed forever and take care of us and “buy cakes for you and Dad”)? Who would have kids(everyone but Jane, who wants dogs)? How much fun holidays will be, when we gather together and reminisce about the “old days.”

I love that we plan on being together in the future – and that they plan on how they help one another.

Jane: “Gwen, when you have a baby, Maisie and I are going to come help.”

Ben:”Me too! I love babies.”

Harry:”Peter’s going to be the cool young uncle. How neat will that be to be an uncle when he’s still a kid?”

Note that Gwen brought up if she has her first at 25, like I did, Peter would be 13.

They love each other so much and these moments make my heart swell and I most definitely get all teary.

Just to keep it real….here is a slightly more accurate picture….funnyfamilyportraitfall2015




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