when rafa was born: a birth story in motion.

Sun comes over mountains and valleys turn to gold. Forests shed their winter and birds sing songs of hope. Lovely, when you’re right here beside me. Love restoring – oh, you make spring awaken my soul, I can hear the earth sing out. Rhythm of our hearts beat loud. Part of something so wild, untameable. Magic in the…

when rafa was born: a birth story in stills.

Almost 7 weeks with our tiniest love. Revisiting the day that Rafa was born with these gems of our family and birth team (the same one that we used when Nia was born!) by Angie Klaus. Aside from meeting Rafa for the first time on the outside, one of the most special parts of this…

noe turns six.

“As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was about to happen” Winnie the Pooh Noe’s fifth year is in the books. This year was filled with more versatility, adaptability, patience and gratitude. Filled with high tea sipping in London, a running entrance to platform 9 3/4, sand castle building on empty beaches…

on thanksgiving.

To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving; to rest at noon and meditate love’s ecstasy; to return home at eventide with gratitude; and then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.” -Kahlil Gibran A year ago, my…

pieces of grandmother that I carry with me.

A year has passed since I lost my last grandparent. My father’s parents died when he was very young so I never had the chance to meet them, and my mother’s father died when I was in a freshman in high school, so my grandma was my only grandparent for almost two decades. She was…

a bittersweet birthday.

On this day ninety-five years ago my grandmother was born in the old Reading Hospital in PA. Just last year, I heard her recount the story of that day, how her mother (my great-grandmother) had a Christmas chicken she planned to prepare, but she ended up heading in to the hospital on Christmas Day instead….

a letter from my birth day.

This is a love letter to my parents, as I reflect on the day that they became parents. It’s hard to believe that you were ever new parents, as I’ve only known you to be so confident and surefooted in how you were raising us. But recently, dad was going through some old things and…

4th trimester bodies project.

“The emotional labor pains of becoming a mother are far greater than the physical pangs of birth; these are the growing surges of your heart as it pushes out selfishness and fear and makes room for sacrifice and love. It is a private and silent birth of the soul, but it is no less holy than…

on discovery.

This entry was written as part of the Sakura Bloom: Sling Diaries, Volume VII. “Everything you were looking for was right there with you all along.” — The Wizard of Oz It’s finally here. Spring. After many false alarms, this finally feels like the real thing. The anticipation is high for me this year, and…

on voice.

This entry was written as part of the Sakura Bloom: Sling Diaries, Volume VII. We are made up of others. We will make others as well. – Anis Mojgani My alarm goes off and it’s still dark outside. “Thanks, daylight saving time,” I think to myself. I hop in the shower, brush my teeth, get…

year of NIA.

This is what a year of Nia looks like. This is what a year of more joy, more exhaustion, more being pushed to the limits, more sacrifice, more tears, more learning patience, more awe at God’s plans and more LOVE looks like. This is what a year made of sister hugs, tiny steps and hands…

sharing aloha.

Hawaiian Airlines is currently running a contest on the theme of sharing aloha. Per their website: “In the literal sense, “aloha” means hello, goodbye, or love and affection, but also represents a way of life – treating others with love, care, kindness and respect; living in harmony and spreading this lifestyle with the world.” So…