the grieving, grateful cake with mocha frosting.

Today marks two years. Two years of living in Pennsylvania. July 21, 2015: the day we left the West Coast and boarded that plane, without a return ticket. Today felt especially sad to me. As I sat in the emotion that an anniversary can bring,  I realized that part of why it felt so hard…

what makes a story beautiful.

Our sweet girl turned three on June 25. It was a special day to celebrate her, that started with her putting on a “bootiful dess” (beautiful dress) and eating German pancakes on the porch and ended with cheesecake and a tired, happy, grateful girl being tucked into her bed. Celebrating her life always brings back…