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Dear Bella, As I watched the fog blanket our tiny town this morning, you were on my mind as I cautiously drove away from home. Your sister in the backseat couldn’t quite comprehend the inability to see what lies ahead. “I can’t seeeeeee mommmmmmmy!” she whined, both frustrated and fascinated in the same breath. 5 […]


Post image for It’s the winter that never ends, let’s bring in some warmth shall we?

In case I haven’t mentioned it, this has been a winter that has tested every single ounce of patience I know how to muster. My husband and I have thrown around the idea of moving to Florida, I can’t seem to get out from under my never ending to do list, and in all honestly […]

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Post image for Feeling lonely? I’ve been there and this is my story.

I cringe every time I share this, but I spent much of 2011 and 2012 incredibly lonely. Most of the close friends I admit that too laugh or look incredibly shocked or skeptical when they hear me speak this truth. But, it’s one I’ve felt in the depths of my soul. But but, they cry: […]


How to be happy in 2014

January 1, 2014

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Image credit: All images courtesy of Ali Caudill Photography It’s December 28th. I’m sitting in my favorite coffee shop pounding away at the keys working through my latest course materials. I make small talk with the barista about how quick 2013 has gone by, take a sip of my perfectly crafted vanilla latte, and snap […]


Post image for 5 gratitude seeking photography practices

It’s November 5th 2009. While everyone is wrapped up in their 30 days of gratitude I’m wrapped up in what feels like a lifetime of grief. Going through the motions at work, I click away at the mouse working through countless hours of report card edits, earbuds inserted to drown out human contact. The lyrics […]


Post image for Conquering the “I’m not good enough” mommy mindset

“I am not good enough for this.” The teacher approached me, wearing wrinkled brows and serious lips. I knew the news was not going to be good. I was already an anxious mess over our previous conversations about potty accidents and dilly dallying snack behavior, so when the conversation began, “Mrs. Young I have some […]