Modern Motherhood

More of This, Please

The train car is filled with pine garland– sprinkled with reflective red, blue and green glittering ornaments. White lacy tissue puffs hang from the ceiling, swaying to the rhythm of the coasting sprinter. It is our first time visiting the Holiday Express–a train transformed…

December 15, 2017
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Grace and Nora’s World

Thank you for joining us for Grace and Nora’s World! We hope you enjoy this special video, but first, a word from Becky Dean (Amazing Grace School of Performing Arts, Grace’s Mom) with Jesse Van Leeuwen: The stage, the music, and the dancing, is a…

December 1, 2017
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Grace & Nora's World

Watching Nora Dance

My friend and gifted photographer, Jessica Rice, did amazing work capturing the beauty and magic of the day we spent filming #graceandnorasworld (being released tomorrow!) Last night Becky Dean (Grace’s Mom and the foundation of this project) and I enjoyed pouring over –and yes–…

December 1, 2017
Jessica Rice Photography | jessicarice.co
Modern Motherhood

It’s after Thanksgiving, so I can admit this…

…I’ve been listening to Christmas music since the 9th of October. I listen quietly while the kids are napping, or as I am organizing my writing — breathing new life into old pieces through photos and categories. In September 2014 I posted a piece…

November 28, 2017
Grace & Nora's World

The Decision to Dance

About a year ago, I was rushing through the church doors to Amazing Grace School of Performing Arts performance of The Lion King. Tyler was parking the car with 4-month- old Everett, 2 ½ year old Nora on my hip and I ran into…

November 16, 2017
Modern Motherhood

I’m Glad You are Here!

Over the last few months, I have been working to simplify the pieces of our published story and to create a foundation for our continuing story. The website you see today is the organized effort of time, energy and research. It is the product…

November 8, 2017
Modern Motherhood

Everyday Miracles

I’m arranging branches for a photo in the afternoon light. I spread a bundle of eucalyptus and pine – a mix of soft green and deep green – against the white of our glass coffee table.  My sweet one year old boy finds his way to the leaves,…

September 18, 2017
Modern Motherhood

Happy Birthday Everett

You turn 1 tomorrow. Exactly 1 year ago today I remember slowly walking around our house, putting a bag together for the night I was to spend with your sister in the hospital.…

August 14, 2017
Modern Motherhood

Soul Battles

This time last year I was 7 weeks pregnant with my son Everett and dealing with both the joy and nausea that can come with new life.…

January 29, 2017
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Notebooks Full

My work is cut out for me. My belongings are spread out on a table that could easily accommodate 4 people. My computer screen is filled with open documents. A glossy book is to my right and a sketch pad is to my left.…

June 21, 2016