i don’t quite have the right words to explain the beauty, challenges, contradictions, and wonderfulness of life right now. the pull to be back in grand rapids for the holidays but also feeling perfectly content here. envying the snow and cold, but also walking around without a coat and loving it. so, here are a … More for the love of november / december
chris and i weren’t making cranberry sauce or pumpkin pie the day before thanksgiving. we were packing our bags to jet off to california for our long awaited visit to my brother, sister-in-law, and one year old niece’s place. i am a pretty proud aunt and since we live in michigan and she lives in … More full of thanksgiving
i am not an animal person. i don’t really like animals, hate hair/fur, and have never desired to have one of my own. i have never owned a pet except for the gerbil that my mom had in her classroom that i took care of on school breaks and in the summer. i did train … More wiggo.
Yesterday, my niece Riley Jo graced us with her presence. When my brother called me, I was definitely one of those “I’m-crying at-work-with-joy-let-me-run-to-the-bathroom-so-no-one-else-sees” kind of people. The emotion and joy that spread through me was surprising. I knew I’d be happy, we’ve been waiting for this child for 9 months but WHOA this kind of … More new life.
last week was insane. between all the different things i did i feel like the only that remained true was that my name was emily. so busy but so good. the weekend boasted of my brother and sister in law, parents, and chris hanging out in glen arbor at a cottage my parents had rented. … More a week in review…
yesterday i was feeling just a little unlike myself. it seemed as though most friends were working or travelling for the weekend but i was still here. i wanted to go to the beach to read and relax and so i went by myself. people say “you were there by yourself?” when i tell them … More because they’re family.