01 June 2012

we write to taste life twice

this need i have to write, to document, to record...well, it is big. often bigger than me. i've felt unsettled lately that the lack of writing here doesn't reflect the enormity of what has been happening in our lives. there is no doubt, a lot. a lot of life swinging from every corner of our world in these boxes that mark off the days. big things. important things. milestone variety things! and there are the little things i cherish, i ache for, every pumping vein in my body dances for: like how a week or so ago, our entire front porch was an dazzling array of haphazard chalk colors courtesy of a budding two year old artist. she made the discovery the hues were intensified when dipped in water and whoosh, away she went with creativity and passion. the sweetest thing? the rainbow pigmented little tiny foot prints.

our little miss is growing, learning, truly blossoming. her hair is nearly reaching her lower back. she runs and skips with ease. her movements are more deliberate. she says hair with a southern accent. her take on dinosaur is the ever adorable, dinosume. her words have evolved into sentences. long, fast, information packed sentences. she is navigating the waters of complex emotions. i remind myself often that i am capable of showing her how to act like a lady, but at the same time fight with an intense fervor for what she believes in. she always has a kind word when daddy sneezes, or when she senses i am upset. bless you daddy. and it's okay momma. 

but the best ever?

a completely unprompted:
i la lou mommy.
(i love you mommy.)

that is how i know i'm doing something right.

this summer feels epic, what with the weddings and the parties and the music and the people and the mingling and the sacred dance of life. two of my favorite artists (john mayer and brandi carlile) are releasing new albums and in my heart that signifies new exploding memories that will be set to fresh lyrics that make me shiver with wonder and agreement. i love that music can do that to you. i love that music does that to a soul.

i feel good that there are things that need to change. i feel great that every.single.day i'm learning ways to become a more at peace version of myself. i feel a deep gratitude that i am the one who has been entrusted with showing our girl how beautiful the world is. i feel wonderful that r and i both want to love better.

it is all on the up & up baby! :)


  1. I love your blog so much! You help me appreciate my life so much more. Please never stop inspiring!

  2. Lovely! Sidewalk chalk artists are the best variety. And keep showing her how amazing this world is-it is the best part of all the wonderful parts that make up this life.

  3. she is looking mighty grown up these days :)

  4. Adorable photos, I love how she's like your mini me! :)

  5. Hi Tahnie, I found your blog at The blog hop. You have an amazing, and inspirational blog here, I have been glued for over half an hour reading some of your post, and can't wait to keep on reading, needless to say, I'm your newest follower. BTW, you have a beautiful little girl, with the most happy smile.

  6. Music truly does have an amazing effect on the soul! Stopping by from the Networking Blog Hop…I would love if you would come say hello :)
    Modern Modest Beauty

  7. cute blog I'm excited to be a new follower. I love all of the post's titles, it is very inspirational. If you have time to hop over to my blog you can find me at www.iheartpears.blogspot.com

  8. Hey Tahnie- "we write to taste life twice." LOVE IT. I'm a new follower of your blog, found through Casey Wiegand's LinkUp. Your story is incredible and I can totally relate to having a 2-year old. My oldest turns 2 next month and chalk colors forever grace our sidewalks. xoxo


  9. Just found your blog from Wiegands. So cute! Love to swap ads with you! We have similar stats! Love to help eachother grow. New follower. Love for you to stop by and return the follow when you have a chance ;)


  10. This is such a sweet post! I'm so glad you're having such a magical summer!

  11. She is so cute!!!! I am visiting form thee blog hop. I am a little bit late but I wanted to stop by and say hi. I blog over at http://garagesalesrus.blogspot.com/I am a new follower. I hope you will stop by and do the same. I also have an awesome giveaway going on right now with a Circut Machine! I would love it if you would enter! http://www.garagesalesrus.blogspot.com/2012/07/surprise-giveaway.html


  12. Love a grateful post...this was pure joy.

  13. She looks so beautiful in that blue dress

  14. {Melinda} That first "I love you" takes your breath away. They suddenly turn from just mimicking things you say to having a spontaneous, deeply felt expressed emotion that has nothing to do with themselves (Hungry! Tired!) and everything to do with how they feel about YOU! :)

    I'm a writer too and can never get enough down on paper!

    Happy Saturday Sharefest! Following you now...

  15. Oh that first I love you, I am so waiting for that moment. My son is 21 months so it will be soon enough. You write beautifully. Stopping by from the Share Fest, following you now.

  16. You are a beautiful writer! Lovely words and photos to match! Stopping by from the Sharefest. The first I love you, is the best in the world. Reminds me of the day my son tried to say it, I still feel very special. Lovely! ~Courtney

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