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Geordie and I have existed as a couple in small Japanese apartments and our parents’ homes. While those were all nice places to live, it’s also nice to have a house of our own, even if we are just renting it. It’s a three-bedroom house, big enough for ourselves, a rainbow baby, and a few guests. Right now, that’s all we need.


I’ll admit, there’s not a whole lot to it. But it’s mine, and I love it.

And, no, it’s not exactly clean and tidy, but my kitchen rarely is. I like to consider it a “working” kitchen, which really just means that I’m not so great at tidying up. Some days, though, everything actually is clean and neat and put away nicely. Just not today.

The kitchen! Including dining table. I’m standing next to the pantry, in front of the door that leads to the garage. From the open counter, you can see into the living area, which keeps everything nice and airy.


The kitchen, from the edge of the living room. The downstairs area is kinda small, but the kitchen has a lot of space to it, which is nice. The living room is pretty spacey too, but it’s crowded with boxes and books and other half-unpacked things, so it’s not exactly maneuverable at the moment.

I’m proud of myself for sticking to my goal of posting every day. I’ve worked through a lot of the things that have been on my mind this month, and it’s felt good to get my thoughts written down. It’s helped. I’m still a long way from “feeling better,” but it has helped me come to accept what has happened. Most importantly, I’ve been able to share Lauren and her story with so many people, and that’s wonderful. It’s the best thing that I could do – for myself and for her. 

November is almost here, and soon, I’ll be working on that 50,000 word goal. To make things a little easier for myself, I’m going to cut back on my blog posting. I’m aiming for 2-3 posts a week. I don’t know if what I write for Nanowrimo will ever end up on this blog. For one thing, I’m taking a creative non-fiction approach and thus it will be more story-like than loosely-organized-journal-entry-like. I won’t be editing it until after November (and considering how busy I’ll be in December, I probably won’t get around to editing before the new year), and I certainly don’t want to publicly display any of it until I’ve edited it. So, the blog is going to have to take a backseat to the 1667 words I need to get out each day in November. I don’t know when (or if) I’ll start posting daily again. As I said, I’ll be busy in December, and there might be some periods of time when internet access isn’t even a concern for me. But I’ll still be writing about Lauren, and I’ll still be trying to post some of it. 

Also, a brief hiatus will be starting as of the end of this post. Tomorrow, we’re flying back to Florida, and I’m going to take a few days to recover from jetlag and seeing some of my family for the first time in almost two years. Also, I’m going to be meeting my in-laws, which I’m very excited about. I want to spend a couple days just grounding myself within my very loving family and sharing Lauren personally with them. I intend to be posting regularly again by next Friday. I don’t want to leave this blog in the dark for too long. 

So, have a good weekend, all! I’ll be back again in no time.


I am a daughter and a sister, a wife and a friend. I am a reader and a writer, a dreamer and a realist, a teacher and a learner. I am the mother of a baby born sleeping. I am on a journey of healing, walking a path paved with tears and grief and hope.

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