when in doubt, give thanks.

Photo by Takahiro Sakamoto on Unsplash I have Thanksgiving on my mind. The Bigs are both up north, so they’re celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving today. Maybe that’s why I’ve had gratitude on my mind. Maybe it’s simply that I’ve been returning to tried-and-true practices to help to ease the stress of transition. Regardless of the reason, gratitude has a certain magic. A few things…

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commitments : october 2017

Photo by Yulia Chinato on Unsplash September shook us to the core. We’ve been reflecting, replaying, and trying to make sense of it. It was just so much. I spent many, many minutes on my knees, sobbing, begging the universe/God/angels to please protect my family, and to please…for the love of it all…make the pain stop. We are just starting to catch our…

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parc safari : september 2017

On Saturday, we ventured across the border to check off one last item on our Summer Bucket List. It’s the first time that I’ve been back to Parc Safari since the Bigs were little! These two were very excited to see animals up close & personal. To be fair, Wilder was also really excited that we rented a minivan. He’s…

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commitments : september 2017

September is not being subtle. There’s a definite chill in the air, and I’ve already seen a bit of color in the trees. Vermont shows off in the summer, with tolerable temps & all.the.nature…but the fall is what the state is really known for. I’m certain (hopeful?) that we’ll have a few more surprisingly warm days…but the there’s no doubt…

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our wedding vows

When we first agreed to write our own ceremony, I thought “how hard can it be?“…turns out, it’s harder than it looks. After many months, a shared Google doc, multiple visits to offbeatbride.com, and (more than) a few bottles of wine, we drafted a ceremony that was, in a word (technically 1615 words), perfect. It captured the lightness & love…

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that time we got hitched in Hawaii…

Have I mentioned that we got married in Hawaii? 🙂 I wanted to do the whole “first look” thing, b/c why not?? I’m sure that some people have opinions about what you should or shouldn’t do in 3rd-for-me/2nd-for-him wedding…and fortunately, those people are not in our world. We did what we wanted…and that included me keeping my dress a secret…

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(re)start where you are.

Yesterday, I took a deep breath, and deleted my Typepad blog….the blog that I had maintained for more than a decade. All of the content still lives here at the new site, amidst the mess of broken links and perhaps a few missing images. I have visions of methodically going back through archives and updating, and I also recognize that…

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commitments : august 2017

We’ve had a slew of family & friends-who-are-family visiting over the past week, so as usual, my plan to actually blog has fallen by the wayside. Sigh. It’s August already! Completing *(virtual) piles of paperwork – name changes (still), university financial aid, student loan refinancing…not my favorite things, but they had to be done *a month of BUSY- mostly good…

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lake life.

In between raindrops, we’re spending as much time near the water as possible this summer. We’re fortunate to have beach access in our neighborhood, and Littles who are always ready to head to the water. Wilder has been in charge of photography while we are out on the lake. He’s getting pretty good at composition! And he’s already embraced the…

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summer vibes.

Photo by Michał Grosicki on Unsplash It seems like we waited forever for the weather to warm up this year…and now we are frequently waiting for it to stop raining. But. We are making the most of our summer, even when Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate. I shared our Summer Bucket List on Instagram a few weeks ago. We’ve been steadily working through it,…

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commitments : july 2017

Kristopher Roller And….I’m back! Took a longer-than-planned break to get my blog moved from Typepad to WordPress (b/c it’s 2017, y’all). I’ll fill y’all in on what’s been happening, but first…commitments! Completing Our Landmark Money Seminar – not my favorite so far. Translation has been sketchy, and the distinctions haven’t resonated. So, ready to complete & move on. The “biz…

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our weekend in b&w

Really digging b&w lately, and the way that it soothes the chaos of life… We kicked off the weekend with Friday night bingo at the kids’ school. After many, many rounds, we finally won…twice! Saturday mornings start on the reading rug. We’ve also been reading & practicing Peaceful Piggy Meditation. Our new kitchen island is a fave breakfast spot these days.…

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commitments : may 2017

It’s MAY!!! Such an exciting month around here!! Let’s kick it off with some commitments… Completing 2016 Project Life is DONE!! Woooo hoooo! The process of making scrapbooks on every damn month (ROFLMAO) is still one of my most favorite things. I’ll post the results, and thoughts on the catch-up process, soon. And YES, I’m doing Project Life for 2017…but going…

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this pedestrian life.

“But this is what I’m finding, in glimpses and flashes: this is it. This is it, in the best possible way. That thing I’m waiting for, for that adventure, that movie-score-worthy experience unfolding gracefully. This is it. Normal, daily life ticking by on our streets and sidewalks, in our houses and apartments, in our beds and at our dinner tables,…

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our wild man is four!!

I’ve had a little twinge of regret that I’m not playing along with Ali’s A Week in the Life this week…and I also know that I simply could not have added that into my week. The Littles have been with us for their Spring Break, and Dan’s Mom came up to spend Passover/Easter/Wilder’s birthday/Spring Break with us. All awesome stuff that…

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the D&K limitless list

Oh happy day…it's warm & sunny!! And, I saw blue water on my drive through the marina this morning. Seeing water, rather than ice, is always a happy thing.  Dan & I had a fun little weekend adventure – a short trip out of town for a Landmark Wisdom Community Sunday, with some shopping & fun restaurants along the way. Over…

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commitments : april 2017

We kicked off the month with weekend guests & Littles, so I'm a few days behind in my commitments… Completing  Financial goals. Making bold requests, and taking action. It's so rewarding to see results!! Winter…I hope. Feb & March are super tough months for me in terms of weather. Need. Sun. Now. Wedding details: photographer hired, marriage license application completed,…

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