The Past

Wow. Really? Twelve? I can still picture that day vividly. We were so unbelievably excited to meet you! Sean Owen or Abigail Grace… Or “Shabby” as Grandpa Kevin had taken to calling you in utero, after we narrowed down boy and girl names. We wanted to be surprised about your gender. I didn’t think I […]

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14 years later, I remember. I remember where I was, what I was doing, and how I heard the news. I will never forget that day, the lives that were lost, and how our world changed. 🇺🇸 In November my mom and I visited the 9-11 National Memorial and Museum in NYC. We were profoundly […]

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20 years ago, during the spring semester of my sophomore year of college at the University of Illinois, this is what my dresser looked liked in the room I shared with two friends, living in our Alpha Phi Sorority house. You can see that I like pictures, trinkets, and mementos. I am a very sentimental […]

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Where were you on Wednesday, January 13, 1999? Seriously. Do you remember? Anything? I was in grad school at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign, getting my masters in Leisure Studies (for real, that is something one can major and get multiple degrees in). I am pretty sure I was back from winter break, […]

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I love this post my friend J wrote and shared today about what she would tell her 2013 self, if she could go back in time. As I reflect on the year that was 2014 and prepare for 2015, I decided to do the same. So to Kathleen Marie in 2013: 1. You truly never know what […]

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It’s October 15th again. The ninth October 15th since our family experienced our first miscarriage in December 2004. It’s hard to believe that much time has passed since we were introduced to the world of pregnancy loss. As I shared last year in my post on October 15th, It is a bittersweet day for many families […]

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