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…

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…