Today was a big day. We waited until she was happily goofing with her roommates and then said, “Ok, I guess we’ll go now.” Because she was happy and distracted she didn’t get upset and neither did I, so that was good. I still can’t believe we aren’t going to see her tomorrow before we leave.

Everything there is great. It is an amazing place. The first thing we saw when we pulled in were two guys walking goats, so you can imagine Sylvia’s euphoria. Her roommates seem cool. One is from Australia. One from Seattle and one from Pennsylvania. 



Happy 13th Birthday to my favorite person.

I have struggled with parenting like I have struggled in no other aspect of my life. treets once did some a birth chart for me that said (in what way I cannot remember, because I don’t really get astrology) that being a parent fell into my “work” life. Nothing has ever rung more true. 

I love being a parent. I’m glad that we brought this amazing person into the world. I have never doubted how much I loved her or how wonderful she is. But I have struggled and struggled to be the parent I wanted to be. I’m not one of those people that can just relax and assume everything is going to work out. That’s true in all areas of my life, but it is especially challenging as a parent, when so much is out of your control.

Anyway. We’ve unleashed a passionate citizen of the world, and what more could I really ask for?