I hadn’t actually meant to take the summer off from blogging, but somehow life felt too big to condense into manageable blog posts, so I remained silent here. It was a busy summer, one that held a mix of happy and sad, relaxed and hectic. Donny and I painted the living room and stairway and…

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I spent the last few days at Faith’s Lodge, leading my winter Motherhood & Words retreat. As always, it was a weekend filled with words—some funny, some difficult to speak aloud. As always, it was inspiring to sit in a circle of amazing women and talk and laugh and cry and share delicious meals and…

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I’ve been quiet here these last weeks. Part of the reason is that I’ve been busy. In early June we road-tripped to Winnipeg for a couple of days to see the first U.S. Women’s World Cup game, which was incredible and inspiring. The rest of the month was swallowed up with editing and teaching prep,…

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Alexandra is another one of those amazing writers who came to me through the Interwebs. We were in contact a few years ago about her possibly taking my online class, but somehow it didn’t work out. I would pop over to her blog when I could, but it was only this summer when I left…

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Hallie Sawyer is another one of those amazing women I got to know through her blog. Hallie is a freelance writer working on her first novel (which I’m so excited to someday read). She’s also a mother to three adorable kiddos and she’s a fitness maven. (And though I haven’t taken her advise about interval…

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One of the things I thought a lot about as I was writing and rewriting Ready for Air was audience. My hope, of course, was that the book would speak to a large audience–one that reached beyond preemie parents, beyond any parent. But honestly it was the preemie parents I worried about as I was writing.…

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Donny and I arrived home from San Francisco this morning in time to pick up the girls at my mom’s house, feed them breakfast, give them their gifts (think glass figures and shell-dotted bracelets), and get them on the bus. Donny then had to go straight to work and I started laundry. But then I…

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I stumbled upon Lindsey Mead’s blog, A Design So Vast, a couple of years ago. I don’t remember how I ended up there, and I guess it doesn’t matter. (I love that about blogs–the way one fabulous blog leads to another and another.) I immediately found myself nodding my head at what I read on…

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There is a ridiculous amount of love swirling around these days. It feels like Ready for Air is not launching so much as floating out into the world buoyed by the words of dozens of amazing friends and writers who are raising it up. What a gift, people. I’m so grateful. And the love continues.…

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I’m honored to have Heather King of The Extraordinary Ordinary kicking off the second week of the Ready for Air blog book tour. I met Heather at the inaugural MN Blogger Conference in 2010. I was leading a writing workshop, and Heather was sitting on a table to my right, her legs dangling over the…

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