November 2016

Our little boy is changing by the hour: new expressions, movements, and sounds. He is very observant of the world around him. And he has become quite the conversationalist — he coos back and forth with us… and we melt.

Earlier this month, we had the opportunity to spend a weekend at our friends’ cabin near Leavenworth. It was so generous of them to offer it, and we made the most of our time away: morning strolls, wine tasting, real estate hunting (why not?), German food, shopping, and lots of snuggle time with our little guy. 

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My mom was here for three weeks in October. If you wondered why my posts dropped off, now you know.

Our visit definitely had its ups and downs, but overall I enjoyed spending time with my mama. And I don’t think William has a bigger fan: she loves (loves!) this little boy so very much. 

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I have a couple of posts in the queue, but they seem inconsequential compared to the grief and loss I feel related to the election. And I know I am not alone, and I count my family and friends among my blessings — not just for who they are, but for what they value and what they represent.

I have been thinking a lot about what it’s like to have a new baby and have Donald Trump elected as president. In some ways, it’s heavier and more depressing. In other ways, it’s relieving to see W’s innocence, his smile, and his oblivion — it makes me hopeful. And I am grateful that I don’t have to elucidate the political landscape to him. As my friend Julia remarked, it would be a whole lot harder to explain this to a five-year-old. 

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I’m kind of a mindfulness junkie.

I have always enjoyed a good yoga class, but I think my interest in mindfulness really took off when my book club read Thích Nhất Hạnh’s The Miracle of Mindfulness a couple of years ago. I read it while Sean and I were in Cannon Beach for a long weekend, and I now look back on that trip as one of the best weekends of my life. I was so present for everything we did together, and present for our relationship.

I like this definition a lot:

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