Excuse me mam, you have Desitin on your face…


This was during week one of my blogging and I don’t know that I would change it much as it is really the only humor and levity in the early part of my blogging journey.  It has been very fun to revisit these early days, not only because it gives me a chuckle to see how things have changed but also because it makes me realize just how far we have come as a family.  Thank you for allowing us to go on this journey! “The person who knows how to laugh at himself will never cease to be amused.” … Continue reading Excuse me mam, you have Desitin on your face…

Ordinary became extraordinary…


Like every Saturday for the past 13 months since both babies came home from the NICU, we were spending time in the afternoon playing in the living room.  Q was “salamandering” (Yes, I know that this is not an actual verb but it’s a hilarious version of commando style crawling that apparently when done properly a 30 inch 22 lb toddler looks like a salamander) all around the room to pull himself on every piece of furniture he could find and E and I were working on the exercises from her Physical and Occupational therapists.   All of a sudden, … Continue reading Ordinary became extraordinary…

Bridging the gap between pain and being grateful


Praise the bridge that carried you over.  ~George Colman 2 nights ago, I knelt over my 17 month old daughter Emma’s chair as I tied her down and cried.  Cried for the fear that I feel about her future, cried for the frustration I feel that she can’t just go down to sleep like normal babies, cried for the overwhelming helplessness that occasionally creeps over me.  I am naturally inclined to be optimistic, lemons from lemonade, every cloud has a silver lining person…but sometimes, all the things that are happening day in and day out catch up and get the … Continue reading Bridging the gap between pain and being grateful

Basically Grateful


For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson As I watch the footage of all that is happening to our friends in Japan, I feel overwhelming sadness. Having lived in Japan for 2 years and having known the exceptional grace and caring of the Japanese people I encountered, it is even more troubling and heartbreaking.  The events of the earthquake and tsunami were devastating in themselves, tragically taking lives, homes and material possessions.  The aftermath of these events … Continue reading Basically Grateful