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Durango, Colorado

Some people prefer large soirees with friends and food and gifts to celebrate monumental birthdays, and we have hosted a couple of those fun events over the years. Yet as Mark's fortieth birthday loomed, I wanted something quieter and…
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packing light | family travel with economy

Deciding what is essential to pack for each family trip can feel like simplifying a complex math equation, one that includes a limited travel budget, growing children, and shifting weather. Roughly nine years ago, when I had three babies…
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a letter to my children | summer portraits weeks 26 - 35

Dearest children, We are now several weeks into our school year and have been reading oodles of fables together lately, samples from the more familiar Aesop's Fables to India's Jataka Tales to West African Folklore, and while the…

TAOS, NEW MEXICO

Take me someplace where we can be silent together. ― Elizabeth Gilbert, The Signature of All Things We left for New Mexico before the sun, my one hand in his, the other holding coffee. I've always struggled to speak in the early…

The Frio river

Last weekend our family traveled several hours west to spend a few days with friends near the Frio River.  I always love visiting that place. Tucked away from cell phone service and internet access, it is a gift of quiet connection in our…

on packing a minimal weekend bag

In so many sweet ways, motherhood has been a journey in simple living for me, one I've always craved and not always known quite how to live. It may seem insignificant to some, but learning to pack a minimal, efficient weekend bag is one…