Something That Feels Normal

One thing I have always loved doing with my family is "getting out and going places." Over the years, we've held memberships at Brookfield Zoo, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Field Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Morton Arboretum. Never have we held all of these memberships simultaneously! — but we... Continue Reading →

It’s Never Just Valentine’s Day

In the passing of years since my daughters died, I have become more prepared for the "hard days" - the hardest being their birthdays.  Nelle's birthday was Labor Day weekend that particular year, so it ushers in multiple days of grief in the subsequent years.  And Iris's birthday is February 13th - the day before... Continue Reading →

Sometimes a Bit Lucky

These past few weeks, we have felt very unlucky.  Ger had a nasty bout of pneumonia that put him out of commission for about 8 days, leaving me struggling to juggle work and the kids.  Then a week ago, with finally everyone healthy, we were driving to Noodles and Company for dinner, only to have our minivan die on the side of the road.


February 12th. The day of life-altering events. On February 12th, 2005, Ger asked me to marry him. And on February 12th, 2016, I learned that Iris had no heartbeat. Two years ago. The year cycles through so many anniversary dates that it feels like I am always approaching some sort of reminder. Another holiday spent... Continue Reading →

Broken Clock

The clock broke for us. Time has been standing still since May of 2015. I first learned that I was pregnant with Nelle early that month. I remember taking the test in the early morning darkness before everyone was awake.

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