European Reflection

August 26, 2017
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The end of the summer is usually a time of reflection for me. I like to look back and reminisce on all of the special moments, trips we took as a family, personal growth and memories shared. Last year, our sweet Miles was born and during the summer we took him on a crazy trip to Europe when he was only 6 months old. I say crazy and I laugh a little because when I look back I have no idea how we managed to travel to 4 different countries with an infant. Really, who does that? Carrying a pump everywhere, dealing with major blow-outs on a plane, dragging all the luggage around plus a car seat and stroller and changing diapers on the floor of a restaurant’s restroom are just a few examples of the craziness that usually happens. However, putting all the trouble aside, we would do it all again in a heartbeat!

Journey towards joy

February 3, 2016

As we approach the day our son arrives, I can’t help but feel this amazing sense of gratitude and excitement for what lies ahead of us.  There’s also some anxiety and a little bit of fear of the unknown, of course, so exercising trust has been a constant aspect of these final days of pregnancy.  Well, to be completely honest, exercising trust has been a constant practice throughout these whole 9 months.  For someone who has always struggled with fear, learning how to wait and relax in between doctors’ appointments and ultrasounds was somewhat challenging. Yet, it taught me that I’m not in control of anything and that the miracle of life doesn’t depend on any of us.  It’s simply that, a miracle, and it’s totally dependent upon grace.  But oh, how hard it was to let go and trust!  As each day passed with this new life growing inside of me, I was constantly reminded that it was okay to trust again, that it was okay to believe again, and finally give myself the chance to experience the joy of being pregnant again.

Our 2015 Brazilian adventure

July 29, 2015
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Jeremy and I have been fortunate to travel to so many wonderful places. I’m almost always excited about where we will go next, but there’s something special and different about Brazil. I still get a little nervous and nostalgic about traveling to Brazil because of the many memories of growing up there. Memories of my family, of its beautiful landscape, the amazing food, warm people, and the musical atmosphere.