9 months

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A few weeks back, my little lady turned 9 months old! That little milestone had me thinking so much about her independence. For 9 months, she was inside me, depending on me in the most natural, basic ways, and I was constantly and involuntarily meeting those little needs with every breath. I loved having her […]

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8 months

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These photos are becoming increasingly difficult to take. Mainly due to the fact that Claire’s resting state involves bouncing and that chair cushion is the perfect surface for that. She also likes to explore beyond the edge of the chair, so Dad has to “spot” her lying on the floor, which is incredibly distracting for […]

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7 months

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Seven months old. Woah! I just could not love this girl any more. The collage of monthly pictures always makes me giddy with anticipation of what the next month and the next photo will reveal. It’s like unlocking little pieces of who she is as she grows. Lately, we are bursting with pent-up-all-winter-long energy. Spring […]

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6 months

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Yeah, yeah, I’m a month behind. I know. I will probably always be at least a month behind. 🙂 She grew again. Six months is so much fun. She is so funny – loves attention, passionately plays to the point of frustration, and concentrates so very hard all day long. Her energy level far surpasses […]

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5 months

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She is five months this week! I’m feeling it. I’m feeling how fast it’s all going. It’s really beautiful, in so many ways, but heartbreaking at the same time. I read yesterday that it’s a good thing each new stage of watching a child grow up contains so much to look forward to, or else […]

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4 months

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Quick! Before she goes to college! Claire hit 4 months just a few weeks before Christmas. She seems to change daily (seriously!) and it is amazing to see a little person become more and more who they are created to be. Her personality is materializing and I can only imagine where it’s headed. She’s still […]

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3 months

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Despite the fact that I didn’t blog about Claire turning 3 months old, she did, in fact, do it. We’re nine days out from 4 by now, but I wanted to share some photos from month three anyway. I mean, I did take the chair picture. I knew from the beginning I would not always do […]

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getting a little behind

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In terms of Chinese New Years, this is certainly not the Year of the Blog for me. Not only have I all but given up reading the thirty-some blogs I used to follow on a daily basis, but I’ve also entrenched myself in another slump of neglecting my posts here. It seems there are a […]

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2 months

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Our girl is two months this week, and she is so much fun! I freaking love being her mom. 🙂 She’s smiling a lot, making tons of crazy noises that get louder every day, and we’re soaking up our last few weeks of hanging out all day before I go back to work. We are […]

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waffle bar baby shower

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Because all women, pregnant or not, should enjoy a decadent waffle from time to time. 🙂 These are just a few snapshots of the shower we (myself, my mom, and my fabulous friend Amy) threw my sister to celebrate and prep for the little man who is due TOMORROW!!! I am anxiously awaiting his arrival […]

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i miss you, blog

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Hey! It’s been a month. Wow. Isn’t that just how it goes sometimes? We have had so much going on. Namely, our bathroom remodel project is underway and actually almost done! What we naively hoped would be a 3 week project, 4 max, is turning out to be about a 7 week ordeal. Gross. As […]

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coming in august

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I have a little news to share this morning…the Rawsons are gonna have a baby! (That’s not mine. Obviously.) Here’s the rundown: Due in August. I’m 15 weeks. Yes, I was a little sick for a few months but not bad. Yes, we plan to solve the he/she mystery (end of March). And yes, we’re […]

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let's go to the beach

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Winter. Blech. I’m not a fan. I try not to use this blog as a platform to do a lot of whining, but I allow myself one post a year to rant about the weather. And it’s that time again! January in general (and particularly last night’s snow dump) makes me wonder why on earth […]

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happy 60th birthday, mom!

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My mom, Dori, who many of you know, turned 60 on December 19. Earlier this year, my family decided to pull together a surprise party for her and it took no small amount of planning and scheming. She was very surprised to see my siblings and our spouses in South Dakota, a week before she […]

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an immovable refuge

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Clinging to this today, and praying for friends dealing with an excruciating loss. The Lord is God and he is good. No matter what.

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my mother's mother

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My last post was on my wedding anniversary. About an hour after posting it, I got a phone call from my parents and found out that my grandma, the one I visited back in May, had taken a turn in her health and wasn’t doing well. They were getting on a plane to go see […]

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four

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A few days ago, a friend asked me the question “Why get married?” It has made me think a lot about why my life is this way. Why did I want this? Did I seek it out? Did it just kind of happen to me? Not “how” really, but “why”. And truly, there is much […]

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hello yellow utah

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Last weekend, David and I flew to Salt Lake City, Utah to visit my brother Mark and his fantastic wife Jenna. They’ve lived there over a year and I was dying to see and experience their day-to-day life and see what everyone kept telling me was a “really cool, clean city with super wide streets”. […]

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