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Montana Ooh Na Na

Montana Ooh Na Na

I went to a family reunion in Montana in July, and came home with full intentions of telling you all about my trip. I created a couple drafts of pictures, which sat and sat in desolation, while inspiration did not leap to mind. But here’s what I did instead of writing about my family reunion, in case you wanted to know: Journaled Clipped my nails Ate and slept and went to work and went home Watched movies Coveted these sandals…

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Sweet Baby Girl

Sweet Baby Girl

It’s been quite a weekend. After lounging in-utero for two extra weeks, baby Francesca Chante finally decided it was time to make her appearance. Due to some complications, she ended up in the hospital for a few days, covered in wires and tubes and tape residue. The weekend quickly turned into a flurry of babysitting and hospital runs, but I am happy to say that Francie is finally unhooked from most of the medical paraphernalia, is doing well, and we…

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What Being an Aunt is Actually Like

What Being an Aunt is Actually Like

I just wanted to show you, this is what people THINK being an aunt is like… …and this is what it’s actually like. True story. As I’ve told you, they come in batches in my family, and here we have the last three, Elliot, Caspian, and Francesca. I can hardly handle the cuteness, but I can also hardly handle holding them all at once, as evidenced by the blur as I hastily sat down to avoid dropping them. ūüėÄ Being…

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Welcome to the World

Welcome to the World

I just wanted to say, welcome to the world, Caspian Wilder. You make me so happy to be a tia again, and in a few short hours, you have successfully and completely wrapped me around your teeny tiny finger. I quite forget between nieces and nephews just how soft and delightfully good-smelling and precious they are! I’m so happy¬†Raphael¬†and¬†Rosie¬†added you to our family, and I can’t wait to get to know you and your little dimples better.

An Overlook on Hiking and I, and Our Rocky Relationship

An Overlook on Hiking and I, and Our Rocky Relationship

I think I was born into the wrong family. Athleticism seems to come easy for most of them. I have a sister who can whip any girl around in softball (and some of the guys too), and brothers who seem to shine at any sport they try. I also have brothers who lived hours away from the nearest road, and who climbed up and down the steep mountainsides faster than the people who grew up in that village. Even my mom…

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Why I Started Blogging

Why I Started Blogging

Several years ago I left my family and moved thirteen hours away to teach school in a little farm community in Illinois. It was my first time living on my own for more than a couple months, and I wanted a way to easily keep in touch with my family and share my adventures with them. I had tried blogging before, but it had petered out, as most blogs tend to do when started by visionary teenagers. So I opened…

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Me, From Rosie’s Perspective

Me, From Rosie’s Perspective

Rosie messaged me and asked if she could write a guest post for my blog. I happily agreed, having no clue what it was about. When she sent it to me, I may have blushed a bit before being prevailed upon to post it anyhow. So without further ado, here you go. To all of Rachel‚Äôs faithful readers who slogged through all 23 posts about her family members, wouldn‚Äôt you like to hear a little about her, too? Since she‚Äôs…

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Lakelyn Danielle

Lakelyn Danielle

Lakelyn brought the score to an even five nieces/five nephews, and she has been such a fun baby. She is not a year old yet, so there‚Äôs still much to learn about her personality, but she already has a great sense of humor, and I look forward to hearing what she has to say when she learns to speak.¬† ¬†She grew herself four little bunny teeth, and they make her cheesy grin completely heart-melting. Lake¬†is energetic and bouncy and vivacious,…

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Alyssa Serene

Alyssa Serene

Alyssa was born in the yard, too anxious to see the world to wait on the ride to the clinic. The winter she was an infant was a crazy one for her family, involving multiple moves, and fights with house mold and pneumonia. But she was the most serene baby you could have wished for through it all. She is not too quick to make friends, but when she deigns to grace you with a smile, and even better, when…

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Leilani Skye

Leilani Skye

When Leilani Skye was born, the second of the cousin triplets, I fell in love with her name before I even met her. Leilani means “Heavenly flower”, and if you’ve met her, I think you’ll agree she is aptly named. Ani is delightfully sweet, and just as adorable as can be (in my completely unbiased opinion, of course). She is also beginning to talk, and is at such a fun stage- repeating words in her tiny little voice, and spouting…

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Hudson Istenes

Hudson Istenes

Before Hudson was born,¬† I knew Roman and Mimi’s children would be completely darling. I was not mistaken. Hudson is serene and placid and super laid back, seldom getting his feathers ruffled. He makes friends easily, and if he takes a fancy to you he might come running up with his arms outstretched, as if you’re his best ever friend. He also loves¬†dancing to music or to the sound of the KitchenAid mixer- whichever is available. Basically, he is a…

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Judson Anthony

Judson Anthony

Judson got a rocky start, as a fussy baby, but has made up for it since then with his hilarious personality. He refused to speak for a long time, but made his meaning clear with his personal tonal language. His lack of speaking never deterred him from being a complete dork though, taking after his father. He cracks me up constantly. He has strong opinions about clothes, which include wearing pants backwards, and mixing prints. He’s adventurous and sweet, rambunctious…

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