Cali Waves

It's been a few years since I remember taking a beach vacation. Where the sole purpose is to be by the ocean. Soaking up the salty air, letting the sun kiss your skin and getting sand e v e r y w h e r e. After a very long summer - both fun & challenging - spending the weekend in Oceanside, CA was wildly refreshing and rejuvenating.

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Shuttlesworth Family | Seattle, Wa

Stop and start labor had this mama flustered. As any mother knows, those last days of pregnancy feel like years! Releasing the desire for labor to happen allowed for a much enjoyed family day complete with swimming and ice cream. Ready, rested and connected with her family made baby girl want to join the party! She came "fast and furious" at just under five hours of laboring.

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10 Years from Now

My alarm rings to wake me from a full night's rest. (No longer are there little babes toddling in at 6:30am.) I roll over to my husband, we are going on 15 years of marriage. We've had some hard times but we are happily married. The depth of relationship past conflict has caused has made our beginning years look like we were near strangers. The boys, now 11 & 13, are already awake but have poured themselves some cereal. They're working on homework for school and/or (probably more likely) scrolling on whatever social media is popular by then. Tyler is home from work travel and his days home are busy but not frantic. He doesn't have to be to the office until a late morning meeting so he walks the boys to school. After they leave I pour my second cup of coffee and sit down in my home-office to work at my next writing deadline. We live in the pacific northwest still. Our house is small, maybe not a tiny house but definitely not any bigger than what we need and hopefully still walking distance from a large body of water. 

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Five Years of Marriage

I've spent the last days thinking about how we met and the past five years of marriage, I've wanted to write some sort of Ode to our marriage but I'm not sure how to describe this life we've built. Our story of falling in love is like a storybook and the time spent past that, dating, engagement, marriage has had it's dreamy romantic moments and plenty of joy. Happy to say I often laugh so hard at his silly dad puns my face hurts, but often there are also moments when we miss each other, when we spew fireballs of words, when we forget to see each other's needs.

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