Eighteen Birthdays

A few days ago was a big day for Sunshine. She turned 18. It was a bittersweet day…partly because she was not with me, and partly because of what it means. This girl, this special one, who has just barely entered my world and changed it completely, is now able to set out on her…

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Giving Voice to the Voiceless

The world is a broken place, and can often feel overwhelming and terrifying. Wars, disease, and human rights violations fill our televisions. It’s sometimes easier to pretend it’s not happening. We pin, we post, we play photographer. We create worlds of bright and shiny. It’s understandable, and necessary. We cannot forget the beautiful even in…

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On Domestic Violence: My Story

In the past few days, domestic violence has been the topic of conversation around the country. Ray Rice was accused of domestic violence toward his then-fiancé, Janay Palmer, in an elevator this past February and was suspended for two games. Since that incident, she went on to marry him. Just this week, a new violent…

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The Weight After

It’s been a few weeks since I returned from Latvia and things are quieter than I would like. Word from those I love back there are few and the days seem long. Life here crowds in to fill the spaces and the hours. Living without a part of your heart is possible but not always…

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Latvian Family

Only one full day here and I am already enchanted by this country. I understand why Sunshine loves it so. As my plane descended, it looked like I was landing in a forest from years past, dotted with beautiful old structures.   It was like coming back to a place I had seen only in my…

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Ten Years of Little Man

I can’t believe that it’s been ten years since this sweet face came into my life and changed my whole world. A decade of loving this child is more than I ever thought that I would get, and I often think about how the trajectory of my life would be so different without Little Man…

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