Then, I’d start off by apologizing profusely for not catching up more often. Can you believe it’s been eight months since the last time we saw each other? We really have to get better about carving time out for our little dates. You’re so important to me! We’ve both just been so darn busy enjoying our wonderful, glorious lives.
Gosh, how do we even start filling in the last three-quarters of a year? I’d ask you to kick things off by you telling me all about how your beautiful family is doing. You’d tell me all about how healthy and happy your family members are. You’d tell me how you feel supported and loved every single day. And I would smile ear-to-ear, because I love it when people I love are happy.
The conversation would transition over to me, and you’d ask me about my own family. I’d tell you that Craig is as amazing as ever. He’s the best diaper-changing, hug-giving, coloring, bubble-blowing, story-reading, craft-doing, snuggling Daddy a little girl (and her Mama) could hope for. He’s working hard in school and graduates this May! It’s been a long road, but he’s the first person in his family to graduate from college, so it’s a huge deal in my eyes. I’m so proud of him. I’m so lucky to have him as my partner in this beautiful life. We’ve been together for a decade now (!), and it seems like with each year that goes by, I find a new and different way to love him. I know a lot folks warn off from marrying young, but for us growing up together has been such a blessing.
And then there is my heart. My brilliant, adorable, clever, hilarious Juniper. Can you believe she is almost 20 months old now? Time flies when you’re the most awesome kid on the planet. She is sharp as whip and talking up a storm. Her favorite things right now include: jumping (anytime, anywhere), dancing to the intro music on All Things Considered, Legos, playing in the mud, owls, and reading. Always reading. Give that girl a pile of books, and she’s a happy, happy toddler.