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January 26, 2014

In Praise of Mom Friends

Shiloh Jan 9 2014-8
I’m still wrapping my head around this two-kid thing, still waiting for that bit of sleep-deprivation induced bit of inspiration on the topic to share in this space. In many ways, being a mother of two feels far less life-changing than becoming a mother the first time did.   Continue Reading

January 10, 2014

Introducing Shiloh

Shiloh Jan 8 2014-1

“Ma’am, you must order breakfast…”

I looked up mid-contraction into the earnest face of an attendant in blue scrubs thrusting a pink order form at me for a third time. Continue Reading

January 3, 2014

2013 Recap

A week ago, I was convinced that I would be ending our 2013 recap with a new baby announcement. Spoiler alert! Baby #2 has yet to make an appearance.   Continue Reading

December 26, 2013

Christmas 2013

Christmas Day 2013-5

Nothing says Christmas Eve like deep-frying shrimp chips, chapattis sharing the table with a DIY Vietnamese spring roll spread and Korean bulgogi, and my husband and his boss ducking out after dinner for a 9pm Christmas Eve conference call.

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December 24, 2013

Christmas Eve’s Eve

Christmas 2013-4
The funny thing about having a baby due right after New Year’s is that the closer we get to our official due date, the less and less time I’ve actually had to prepare logistically or mentally for his/her arrival. Continue Reading

December 8, 2013

It’s the Holiday Season

Gingerbread House Playdate Will B&W lightened up-13

If I had planned Will’s gingerbread house party more than 24 hours in advance, I would have been sorely tempted to spend hours crafting homemade gingerbread building materials, 5 colors of royal icing and a buffet spread for the adults.

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November 1, 2013

Halloween 2013

Edited Halloween 2013-3

My sister was born on Halloween 26 years ago and it’s been a treasured family holiday ever since.  Every year of our childhoods, we decorated and prepared for Halloween with the sort of jubilee most Americans reserve for Christmas. Continue Reading

September 9, 2013

The children outside our windows

Driving into Old Delhi #delhi #india #roadsidescenes
iphone photo on the road to Old Delhi

I keep a large stash of crackers and biscuits in the backseat of our car.  Enough to feed a small army.  A small army of beggar children that is. Continue Reading

August 23, 2013

The Family Resemblence

Will and NaiNai dosa date-1

Genetics get funny when your kid’s ancestors hail from as diverse locations as China, Korea, Western Europe and the native lands of the Cherokee. We get a lot of looks when we go out as an extended family. Continue Reading

August 13, 2013

La Deuxieme


I went to the Med Unit a few months ago for a routine well-check while Chris happened to be flying somewhere over Eastern Canada at the time–3 hours into a 15 hour flight back to Delhi.

Privacy is a bit of an aspirational goal when one lives, works, and receives medical care all within the space of about 200 feet, but I didn’t really mind that day as I walked back into the waiting room that day to find my friend sitting there, her jaw nearly scrapping the floor. Continue Reading

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