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363 DAYS

by Carmel December 4, 2016

Laurel turns one year old on Wednesday. As with many moms in the weeks leading up to her first child’s first birthday, I’ve been asking myself, “where has the time gone??” and staring at photos from these amazing 12 months. However, these past few days, I’ve been reliving the memories of last year at this […]

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REMEMBER TO BREATHE

by Carmel November 21, 2016

Sunsets like these make it easy to relax and let go of the day Back when I was running regularly, I could go out for hour-long runs, no iPod required. At some point I had to admit that I am a beginner runner again. This the longest break I’ve ever taken since I started running. […]

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WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

by Carmel November 9, 2016

I hoped to wake up this morning to the announcement of the first ever female president. Instead, my fears were confirmed as I reluctantly looked at my phone to see that Donald Trump was elected president. There has been a lot of talk about what to do if he were elected president. Apparently the Canadian […]

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COUCH TO 5K: DAY ONE, WEEK ONE

by Carmel November 5, 2016

I started running again today. On November 1st, I realized it was exactly a month until the Marcothon would begin again. I’m still part of a What’s App message group with the ladies I did it with two years ago (when I failed because of a very pickled night out with friends in Portland). I […]

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SLIPPING INTO THE HOLIDAY SEASON

by Carmel November 1, 2016

We just celebrated Laurel’s first Halloween, which is Shawn’s favorite holiday. He started bugging me to start watching horror movies back in August (ok, he almost always bugs me to watch horror movies…), but come October, we were in full on spook-mode. October is a fun month for us. We celebrate our anniversary, there’s Halloween […]

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IS THERE EVER JUST ENOUGH?

by Carmel June 10, 2016

A couple weeks ago Laurel stopped taking a pacifier at bedtime. What we once thought we’d have to pry away from her in toddlerhood, she was now refusing with stubborn resolve. After a few nights of struggling to do our routine of pacifier, white noise, swaddling and rocking at bed time, I gave up and […]

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THE BUCHMAN IS HERE

by Carmel June 8, 2016

I had just put Laurel down for her long nap. I prayed that she would stay asleep long enough for me to finish my Photoshop project. Lately, she’s been skimping on her morning naps. I turned to Shawn as I furiously worked on the cover to his first book and said, “do you think that […]

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LIFE IN THE NICU

by Carmel May 19, 2016

Some experiences require to be written in the moment in order to fully capture the reality. And then some require to be processed, to be examined, in order to be fully digested. I couldn’t recount our experiences in the NICU until now. Those 25 days felt endless – if I thought too much about them, […]

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EVOLUTION OF A DREAM

by Carmel April 11, 2016

A couple of years ago, I had a revelation. I knew what I wanted with my life for the first time ever – to be a mom and to own my own business. This is a pattern for me – I’ll feel completely lost and then suddenly one day THE answer reveals itself to me. […]

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DUE DATE

by Carmel February 2, 2016

Today would have been Laurel’s due date. The last couple of months have gone by much quicker than they would have if I was still pregnant – particularly the last month she’s been home. I’m still working on writing our experiences in the NICU. It’s been a lot more to process than I anticipated. Laurel’s […]

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