Nine Favorite Poems

Just for fun, and because I'm a lover of poetry, here are nine favorite poems in no particular order...

Ave Maria by Frank O'Hara (my favorite poet)
The Mother by Gwendolyn Brooks about abortion
The Flurry by Sharon Olds about divorce
Nostalgia by Billy Collins (America's most popular poet)
First Miracle by A.E. Stallings about birth
Daystar by Rita Dove about motherhood
Finale by Pablo Neruda about death
Private Parts by Sarah Kay about first love
The Tyger by William Blake -- a classic

Image from Il Postino, found here



   Into the Garden ,  now available in the  shop .

Since I last blogged (almost two years ago!!) lots has happened. I initially stepped away from the blog for a while to focus on finishing my degree, and raising my two kids. I just didn't have the time to keep up with blogging. But I'm starting again, and wanted to talk about something personal that happened since moving onto the next step of my life...


parenthood: and then there were two

life with two kids is definitely harder than life with one. i almost feel like the transition from one to two kids is harder than from no kids to one kid. but we're finally getting a routine down, and adjusting to being a family of four. although he has his moments, on the whole, jude adores his baby sister. whenever he hears her cry, he says, "mom, our baby is crying! i go get her." and he's always asking to hold her, or cuddle her. the other day we were at the park, and i passed elena off to a friend. almost immediately jude comes running over to me and whispers, "mom, i'm worried about my baby. you get her back now?" and whenever anyone comes over, jude is so excited to introduce elena to them, "guys, this my baby elena. she's such a cutey baby, huh?" also, jude can get elena to laugh better than anyone else! he just stands in front of her and jumps around, and elena is in hysterics. of course i know the days of screaming matches, tattling, and door slamming are coming sooner than i want them to, but for now, i'm enjoying their pure adoration for each other.

if you have multiple kids, how was the transition for you? did your other child(ren) adjust well? i hear it gets easier with each one. is it true?



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not a week goes by that i don't think about the events of 9/11. i am forever grateful that i came home to both my parents that fateful day twelve years ago. may we honor those we lost by remembering, and upholding the values this nation was built upon.

p.s. a timeline of the events of 9/11, and my own personal experience on 9/11.

photos 1-5 borrowed from yahoo's 25 most powerful photos, last photo via history.com


food states

if you're looking for a little something to spruce up your kitchen, these food state prints by john holcomb are perfect. find them here.

California<br>by  <a href="artists/john-holcomb">John Holcomb</a><br>Silkscreen on Recycled French Paper<br>12.5” x 19” | Edition of 115<br>$30 <a href="http://www.1shoppingcart.com/SecureCart/SecureCart.aspx?mid=93E6BD80-CFFA-4B2F-8612-8BF8A11070CC&pid=97c5acd71e564824a2e39d67bc9d33ea" target="blank">Buy It</a>
Michigan<br>by  <a href="artists/john-holcomb">John Holcomb</a><br>
Silkscreen on Recycled French Paper<br>12.5” x 19” | Edition of 100<br>$30 <a href="http://www.1shoppingcart.com/SecureCart/SecureCart.aspx?mid=93E6BD80-CFFA-4B2F-8612-8BF8A11070CC&pid=876185e94e9d401ab50eb0f13606fa2c" target="blank">Buy It</a>
New York<br> by <a href="artists/john-holcomb">John Holcomb</a><br>Silkscreen on Recycled French Paper<br>12.5” x 19”  | Edition of 96<br>$30 <a href="http://www.1shoppingcart.com/SecureCart/SecureCart.aspx?mid=93E6BD80-CFFA-4B2F-8612-8BF8A11070CC&pid=05d3855cfab344fcaa79fbc72d6e30f8" target="blank">Buy It</a>
North Carolina<br> by <a href="artists/john-holcomb">John Holcomb</a><br>Silkscreen on Recycled French Paper<br>12.5” x 19”  | 2nd Edition of 50<br>$30 <a href="http://www.1shoppingcart.com/SecureCart/SecureCart.aspx?mid=93E6BD80-CFFA-4B2F-8612-8BF8A11070CC&pid=d10d736387664341aa03b6f6f8126f92" target="blank">Buy It</a>

unfortunately for steve and i, he hasn't made the two best states yet -- virginia or washington. the nerve.


elena's birth story

hey guys! it's been months. i've been focused on school these past few months, and a little something called childbirth. as most of you know, we were blessed with another little one in our family last month! elena (pronounced ell-ey-nuh) elise tompkins was born on may first at 3:05 pm, weighing in at seven pounds four ounces. if you'd like to hear the full story, click below...