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Three Little Birds by Bob Marley was his very first lullaby. His dad started singing it to him his first day in the NICU.... probably more for me than it was for Riv. "Don't worry about a thing, 'cause every little thing is gonna be alright." Those words really have gotten me through a lot of anxious times.
So his dad got a cheap guitar for him, something that he can bang on, and the first thing he asked for was "Everything be alright." I'm not crying.... okay maybe just a little bit. Ok, a lot.
How is my squishy little baby already this brilliant young man?!
I got so tired of hearing other parents tell me about how fast these years fly by... but gosh, is it ever true!
Hold your babies close! There will be times when you feel like you can't get anything done. There will be times when you long for more time to yourself, or a social life, or time for work or hobbies, whatever. But I'm pretty sure that in all your life, these ordinary, every day moments will be your greatest, most sacred treasures, forever. ❤️

River can't wait to try his first low country boil! Thanks @delmarvaboilco for making fresh and fabulous seafood effortless and fun!

Decided to take a break from the beach today to recover from the sun and ended up spending half the day exploring fields and gardens anyway 🌞

Heaven is a place I know when I'm with you 💕

When the beach is just toooo hot! Ice cream date with my handsome guys 😍

I can't think of a more spiritual place in the whole world than the ocean's edge. Every time I go there, I stand in absolute awe at the power of the moon and the tide, and I feel so small. My troubles, hurts, fears, are suddenly small. The kiss of the wind, the warmth and light of the sun, the pull of the sand beneath my feet as the tide retreats.... all are God, and when I'm here I know I am in his/her embrace.
I don't really want to raise my children in a church. I don't want to tell them what to believe, which denominations are "right" or "wrong," or even to imply that faith can be "right" or "wrong." I want to take them into nature often and let them meet God themselves.
River, who is, by the way, not an especially calm guy (okay actually he has NO chill) becomes so calm and peaceful here. I like to think that on some level, he already knows. ❤️

Come with me
My love
To the sea
The sea of love
I wanna tell you
Just how much I love you

Garden fresh heirloom tomatoes, peaches, basil. I'm pretty sure it is no coincidence that these three things are ready to harvest and abundant this time of year #summerlove #meanttobe #naturesdesign

My sappy Father's Day post had to come a day late again this year because we always seem to be too busy in real life for this cute social media stuff.
I hesitate to brag about my wonderful (well-deserving of a bragging) partner because I realize that for a lot of people, Father's Day can be pretty sad. Every story is unique, but what it comes down to is that life isn't always fair. We get what we are given, not what we truly want or wish for or absolutely deserve, and sometimes that really hurts.
Something I have realized as I've gotten older though is that we're all kinda doing our best with what we've got. And sometimes what that translates into is really complicated, and that's okay.
We are all like onions, and in this life, occasionally, what is familiar to us is graciously made unfamiliar by virtue of shedding old layers and revealing new ones. That being said, one of the great beauties in this life is that no matter who you are or where you've been, opportunities abound!
It is difficult but crucial to talk about what wounds us. To find acceptable, forgiveness, healing and growth. I certainly empathize with those of you who don't celebrate today..... but for every moment of my life that I have ever felt deprived of a "whole" family or a close relationship with my dad, I believe I have been fully redeemed by this opportunity to raise a family with this guy! I love you, River's dad. Thanks for coming into my life and making it extra gorgeous. Happy Father's Day! ❤️

He basically lives here in the baby pool now #verybusy #merman #brunch

Getting real into his role 🐄🍼

Farm life ❤️️

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