The Orioles

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It was a complete surprise when the Orioles showed up, despite the time of year and despite knowing exactly who had sent them. Friday May 8, 2020. Joel was tinkering in the garden, putting some final touches on the vegetables and herbs he’d just planted. Hobbling up the sloped backyard with our 1 year old […]

Dear Fern

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I came across this letter I had written to Fern on February 27, 2019, in the dark and quiet wee hours of the morning of her scheduled birth. My belly, full and round, my sleep as fitful as ever, my heart full of wonder, my excitement barely contained.  I wanted to hold on to the […]

We’re Pregnant

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Just after Joel and I were married in 2007 we found out we were pregnant. Not exactly planned, but we shifted gears and the excitement grew. A few weeks later I was having terrible hip pain and some bleeding. I went in for an ultrasound and the docs were surprised to see a strong heartbeat […]

Inherited Traits

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I get my gray hair from my biological father.  . I was adopted at birth. And just so I’m clear from the get go, because these sorts of things tend to confuse people, when I say  “my parents” “My Mom” “My Dad” these are the people who adopted me. I refer to my biological parents, […]