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Moving House with a Toddler

I’m writing this from a phone. We moved to our new home this week and I have no idea where the charger to our laptop is hiding! A few weeks ago I shared our family’s plans to downsize. With the housing market in recovery, I did not expect that our house would sell anytime soon. [...]

How the Life Goes On

In the days that followed my miscarriage, I found that my emotional reaction was muted.  For a month I had suspected that a miscarriage was imminent, and this helped mitigate the shock when it actually happened.  And although I know many women don’t feel this way, I did find some small comfort in the idea [...]

June 2014 006

Beef and Basil Salad

This is a meal I make all the time in the summer.  It is easy to customize with what you have in your fridge, and it is very forgiving.  It incorporates a lot of Asian-inspired flavors, but is made with American staples. In fact, there’s one very, very American ingredient (no judgement please).  Can you [...]

Project Downsize

Today I saw the sweetest sight I’ve seen in a long while. No, it wasn’t a positive pregnancy test!  It was a ‘For Sale’ sign in my front yard.  Our house is finally on the market, and we are on the path to downsizing! We entered the housing market during the crash. Because of our [...]

Destination: Hilton Head Island + Side Trips

We just returned from a week-long vacation on Hilton Head Island. We had a fantastic time!  I have been going to HHI since I was a kid.  A few years ago, my husband and I went for a long weekend and I was re-introduced to the island from an adult perspective. I think Hilton Head [...]

How My D&C Went Down

In my last post, I discussed my miscarriage and how that’s been affecting me emotionally. One common complaint among women who have had miscarriages is that there isn’t a lot out there that details the experience.  Lots has been written about the emotional effects of loss, but the nuts and bolts of miscarriage are shrouded [...]

Sadness and Wonder

I’m in the middle of a long, drawn-out miscarriage. Well, what I thought was a long, drawn-out miscarriage. Now that I’m a little more educated about all of this, it seems to me that all miscarriages are a slog, both physically and emotionally. This is one of the many lessons I’ve learned while navigating this [...]

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