The growing and changing happening in my home right now is mind-blowing. For all of us, really.

Kyle has begun some significant life-changing moves in terms of health and healing. I’m really proud of him.

I’ve been on a similar path since November of last year and have managed to save my gallbladder, lose 45 pounds, go gleefully gluten-free, and unlock a deeper understanding of myself on several levels.

Dempsey is just exploding in her understanding of her world, her family, her likes and dislikes, her communication. Everything. You can just see her growing and stretching every minute of the day. It’s almost unimaginable.

And Delaney is just thriving. In every way. She is the manifestation of every nontraditional (read: questioned and sometimes mocked by others) decision I’ve ever made in my life and that Kyle and I have made as parents. It’s blissful to watch her grow, even when her growth means her asserting herself in ways that drive me crazy.

Today, she was working on a kids journal book I bought her, and one of the questions was asking how many upper and lower teeth she had. I knew the answer: 20. But I told her I’d count anyway. I looked in her mouth and started to count from the back: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 . . . wait a minute.

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Things are disappearing all around us, according to this article. Some of the things, like dial-up internet access and movie rental stores, are merely noteworthy and the kind of things you say, “Huh. That’s interesting . . . never thought about that.”

Some are much more dire and disturbing and fall more accurately in the category of “extinction,” implying something that will never return once gone. For example, Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs or ash trees or honeybees.

America aside, the world at large is at risk for losing many things, as climate change wreaks havoc on animals such as polar bears whose way of survival is changing in ways too drastic for them to survive.

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525,600 minutes . . .

The other day, Delaney and I were going for one of our many morning walks with Henry. On this particular day, we were talking about Father’s Day and our upcoming shopping trip to buy cards and a gift for her Daddy.

In the midst of the conversation, she burst out with, “And then pretty soon, we’ll buy a present for Mommy for Mother’s Day again!” I replied, “Well, we have a long way to go until Mother’s Day.

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[I returned to my blog tonight to capture something new when I realized that for some reason I had never posted this one in April. It felt like it was still worth posting . . . ]

Today marked a new phase in the life of our family. Maybe not a momentous one like Delaney’s first steps or something that leaves an indelible mark on the memory in a concrete way. That is, except for this blog entry, I’m sure I wouldn’t otherwise remember that this something occurred on April 14, 2011.

But it did. And it mattered.

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I’ve been wondering a lot lately about when exactly we learn to stop asking for what we want in the world.  I don’t meant the obvious things: asking our kids to pick up after themselves, ordering the salad dressing on the side, or requesting (once more) that the toilet seat be left down. Continue Reading »

Tonight I saw you.

And I was reminded that you are
Still so brand new in this big, crazy world.
And I realized how much you need me
To help you make sense of it again and again and again.

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Crazy Eddie here: Everything Must Go!

I’ve been on a Craigslist frenzy in the past couple of weeks. For months I’ve been looking at our garage with disdain as I’ve squeezed through the narrow walkway, not-so-light toddler in arms, feeling a bit Fred Sanford-esque in my inability to get rid of things.

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