On What Matters


Lucille is blissfully ignorant of American ideals, culturally imposed expectations, and personal successes and losses. I can honestly say she’s never once asked me about my GPA, my degrees, or my considerable income. ;) But more than any other (almost) two-year-old I’ve ever spent time with, she pays attention, and she sees people- in the purest and most simplified way that is actually quite beautiful. I sometimes think she’s intuitively aware of goodness and generosity of spirit.

So of course she loves her Papa- sensing these very things (along with all his warmth, compassion, playfulness, and tenderness). I’m pretty sure she’s also learning there are few men in this world quite like him. And she most assuredly identifies it in my own response to my dad, who is one of the greatest men I’ve ever know and probably ever will.





island life

In celebration of graduating, of turning 31, of 8 years of marriage, of being alive :) — Nate and I planned a trip to St. Kitts and Nevis in the West Indies with a few friends. I love researching travel, and after seeing St. Kitts on several top 10 lists it seemed like the right place to unwind and make some memories.

It was exactly that.


Apparently this is what I look like after 9 glorious hours of uninterrupted sleep.  ;) ^^



I know the idea of a vacation is foreign to much of the world and I don’t take for granted the fact that we were able to slip away to such a beautiful place for 7 days. Every morning I woke up and walked out onto our veranda and, among other things, felt disbelief, amazement, and a deep sense of wanting to forever store away the moment. It really was something.


my sister, the maker of beautiful things

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In reflecting on the week with Hillary, I suppose I should start with a post about flowers. :)  After a trip to the flower district downtown, she filled our apartment with the most beautiful arrangements (like 7 of them), and they continue to brighten our space 4 days after her departure. She really is a natural and I look forward to seeing the beautiful things she will create in the future. :)