Tag: journal


This last year has been… well… quite a year. Often I feel conflicted about how so much joy can exist along side so much grief. In many ways the happiness and feelings of completeness have been born of great sadness and loss. It feels strange, […]

A Piece of My Heart

There are so many photographers in Cincinnati… and many of them are really, really great. It’s true. Life has kept me from keeping up with them like I used to, but I feel so fortunate to be a part of such a wonderful group of […]

Don’t Forget to Live

This weekend was Father’s Day. I’m sure you knew that already because it was an explosion of dads all over Facebook, commercials, the radio, and everywhere else. As it should be. Fathers are an invaluable part of our society and I so enjoyed being able […]

Twelve Years

One of my favorite movies of all time is Dan in Real Life. If you haven’t seen it, go do it. Seriously, it’s fantastic. Steve Carell and the entire cast are able to bring together aspects of love, grief, family dynamics, parenthood and life’s unexpected […]

Fresh Eyes

I’d been looking for it… I knew it would be in one of the many bins that Toby and I have gone through as we’ve been organizing the basement, but as the numbers of untouched bins dwindled, I could feel the fear creeping into the […]

An Irish Love Song

As I said in my last post, music is my second language. It’s always been powerful for me on so many levels. A simple melody on an acoustic guitar, the strain of a cello, the layers of notes that make a piano come to life… […]

By My Side

I’m a Mary. Any of you that grew up reading the Bible will for sure understand the meaning of that sentence – especially if I were to add “not a Martha”. It’s true. My family is full of Martha’s and I love that about them. […]

Love Quilts & White Castle

Love Quilts & White Castle

Yesterday when I got in the car to pick the kids up from school, I had my music app on shuffle and “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer came on. I’m a big believer that songs take you back to a specific moment your […]

Everyday Life

Everyday Life

Last night after watching a few episodes of This is Us, Toby and I headed towards bed. This is Us always makes me a little emotional… ok, a lot emotional. I always walk away from it deeply grateful for the life I have. I think […]



I’m the kind of person who judges herself pretty harshly. Often I see my life as a journey that’s never quite a success and myself as a woman who is never quite enough. That’s an easy thing to have confirmed by the natural wear and […]