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…

mother’s day gift guide 2018.

Mother’s Day is less than 2 weeks away, so here is a roundup of some of our favorites to gift any mom (or mom figure) in your life this year! 1. The Bodies Luxury Gift Set from Beautycounter includes their body butter and sugar scrub, both of which I use almost every day… Plus they’re…

on love.

This entry was written as part of the Sakura Bloom: Sling Diaries, Volume VII. I’ve been trying to write this entry for weeks now. With the deadline drawing near I still seem at a loss for words. In college, procrastination was my forte and some of my finest work came in those final hours, so…

on transformation.

This entry was written as part of the Sakura Bloom: Sling Diaries, Volume VII. How are traditions born? Are they carefully thought out and crafted or do they happen organically? Or accidentally, even? A piece of jewelry that is passed on, an article of clothing that is worn, a secret recipe that is cooked lovingly….

on memory.

This entry was written as part of the Sakura Bloom: Sling Diaries, Volume VII. See my previous entry on kinship here. As we sit by our gate at LAX, waiting patiently to board our flight (that is delayed yet again), I realize we are only halfway to our destination after what already seems like a…

noe turns three.

Last year we shared a small video recap of Noelani’s year here. This year, we’re a couple days late, but cheers to another year full of love, adventure and laughs with this amazing little lady. Snippets from this past year’s fun of Noelani as a two-year-old. Photos by Ashlee Dean Wells  

on kinship.

This entry was written as part of the Sakura Bloom: Sling Diaries, Volume VII. I remember the day my sister arrived in the world. With the exception of maybe my daughters, few relationships have made such a memorable entrance into my life. My 7-months pregnant mother and my sick, 3-year old self were on the…

and then we were four: a birth story in stills.

The last moments with only one child on the outside. The support of a loving husband. The strength of a mama. The wonder of a new big sister. The love of a new family of four. Thank you Angie Klaus for capturing these moments. Check our other posts for our birth story in words and…

and then we were four: a birth story in motion.

A couple of weeks ago we shared our birth story in words. It was nice to remember our daughter’s birth from our memories but we are so happy and fortunate that Angie Klaus documented the day for us so that we can be transported back and relive all the love and strength and wonder that…

and then we were four: a birth story in words.

I wanted to write this down exactly as I remember it, which may or may not be exactly how it happened. I wanted to share this before I saw the video of that day, which I know I will treasure always and will share with you soon. This is how I recall the days leading…

on perception.

Dearest Niara, I’ve been here before. I know this place that smells of new skin and betadine and sour milk. I know this place that sounds of tiny coos and grunts from new lungs and the hum of the washing machine running more often than usual. Daddy and I lose track of what day and…

three years later.

What greater thing is there for human souls than to feel that they are joined for life – to be with each other in silent unspeakable memories. – George Eliot Three years ago we gathered with family and friends to celebrate Noelani’s upcoming arrival. We had our baby shower on my grandmother’s farm in Pennsylvania….