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Jinnah International Airport - Karachi, Pakistan

My Night in Pakistan

I spent one night in Pakistan when I was 15. Stuck somewhere between childhood and womanhood, I was far too young to grasp where exactly I was or how that trip would change me forever. Pakistan International Airlines had taken me from an airport in Dhaka, Bangladesh (where I had … [Read More...]

angels among us

morning sickness angels

For almost four months, I lay in our master bedroom - pale, dizzy, and dehydrated. Standing up led to throwing up...so I stayed horizontal as much as I could. The year was 2008 and I was pregnant with our 2nd little girl. As with my first, I experienced severe hyperemesis … [Read More...]

hiking with my favorite girls

A Hushed Thanksgiving

On Thanksgiving Day, we grabbed a few clif bars, a baby carrier, and some light sweaters. The five of us zoomed through the desert landscape to our favorite secret hiding spot - where the trees implore you to slow-down and the creek pries the worries from your fingers. The yellow leaves … [Read More...]

best 2-year-old in the world

the not-at-all terrible twos

When she calls for me in the night, she wraps her chubby arms around my neck and says, "MY mommy" in her sticky, sleepy voice. Sometimes her voice trails off..."the best." Rough road trip or afternoon? Cured by Itsy Bitsy Spider! She also requests Miss Muffet and The King Was In His … [Read More...]

grandma as a little girl

memories of my grandma

My grandpa and grandma met on Coronado Island. As the story goes, he was a handsome navy seal, she was vacationing with her overbearing grandmother. A mere 19-years-old, she was a beauty with her bobbed brown hair, flawless skin, and painted lips. He was entranced and she was longing … [Read More...]