I just want one nice picture, I said.  Just stand quietly and look at the camera – it will only take ONE second(!!!), I said.  The boys?  Did not care.  They didn’t care about nice pictures or standing quietly or smiling for the camera.  They are all spontaneity and jumping and laughter and running and…life.  They are full of so much life.

We are lucky, I know.  And sure, we’ve had some, uh, trials in recent years (don’t get me started…) but it’s likely that because of those exact trials I feel our luckiness down to my very bones.  I am healthy, and alive.  Mike is healthy (and relatively uninjured right at this moment, haha), and, most importantly, our kids are healthy.  They are growing and learning and experiencing and adjusting to life in the most normal way possible.   I remember joking with my oncologist once that my goal was to someday become a very boring patient.  No exciting labs, no heart-pounding findings on a Mammogram, just regular results, well within normal limits.  SNORE.  SO BORING.

We are all pretty boring these days.  It’s delightful.


Not everyone is this lucky.  And when these decidedly not-boring patients are kids, that is the most heartbreaking situation of all.  One small way we can help is through Nordstrom’s campaign to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.  There are 170 of these hospitals around the country (I’m sure there’s one in your area), and CMN Hospitals helps families cover the cost of care for these kids.  All too often insurance does not cover the full financial burden.  (And even if it does, the deductibles that have to be reached first can be insanely high – this is something we know firsthand.)

You can donate directly on the website, or you can purchase a $10 giving tree card in any Nordstrom store in the US or Canada.  So. While you’re doing your holiday shopping, please consider slipping a Giving Tree card in with your gifts.  Your donation will stay local, helping to fund life-saving care, education, and research at children’s hospitals in your community.

Because every kid should have a fair shot at a happy, healthy, and carefree childhood.  (Even if they’ll never pose for a ‘nice picture.’)

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Happy holidays.



A huge thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post – I’m so proud to be part of this campaign.  As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.  And readers, thank you for your continued support.  It doesn’t go unnoticed, and is so very much appreciated.

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