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Moustaches and Martha

Posted on March 26, 2012

I’m not what you’d call a baker. I loathe following a recipe, largely because it means I have to have demonstrated the forethought to have prepped (ahem, made sure I had eggs or baking soda). The thing about kids, they like to bake. They remember baking projects vastly longer than they remember painting or playing with play do! They love baked goods. And, most importantly, you cannot mold things into amazingly adorable little shapes unless you are baking. My friend Christina has a store up the road from ours called Sterling & Company. It is one of those places that you walk into and think, “One day, I’ll have the perfect taste to fill a shop like this,” and then you blush and slink…

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Memories Flutter Back

Posted on March 25, 2012

I wish I could remember more clearly the moment I decided to begin blogging because I now know that it was a literal turning point in my life. I found my voice, which sounds ridiculous, but it’s true. I let my fingers play at the keys, exploring each little black square to find the precise words as I made my way to that moment when I would hit send. I remember, and I am not ashamed to say it, returning the next day to see if anyone had found me. There were plenty of days (weeks and months actually) when no one came. I kept writing. Then people did come and one person in particular, at first I knew her as Flutter. She would…

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Our Time

Posted on March 19, 2012

I unplugged this weekend. No Twitter. No Facebook. No email. No texting. Virtually no tv. I have a third-trimester-like-instinct to nest. I cannot stop my mind from thinking about preparing the house for warm weather, organizing the girls’ clothes, determining what we’ll be growing in the garden this year. Even more than addressing our home, there seems to be an impulse to ignore what is beyond our home. I have been doing so many things professionally that require me to step outside of the norm—presentations, late meetings, and a sustained outspokenness. I’ve always been very willing to give every moment to my work. Respond to emails at midnight, undertake projects on the weekend. You name it, someone asked it and I responded with an…

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Posted on March 10, 2012

I took a while to hop on the Instagram bandwagon, but when I did, I did so without looking back. The thing is, I’ve had so many cameras fall victim to the intensity of our pace—hiking (rocks are not soft to land on), swimming (water is just so wet), traveling (things get misplaced), going in five different directions at warp speed (some things get left behind, usually not people). Pausing briefly to allow certain snarky friends to mutter, “It’s you, not the cameras.” Anyway, I love Instagram because I (almost) always have my phone. I can snap pictures and despite poor lighting, clumsy composition or general carelessness, I can usually snap something that with a wee bit of filter love can become something that…

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Posted on March 1, 2012

If tomorrow we should wake to a fresh blanket of snow, let us look at it as a fresh start. Let the worries that have weighed us down, sink gently into the earth below. We’ll carve a new path with renewed clarity and hope. Let it all just fall away. Counting my blessings for dear friends sharing this journey.

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