Adventure: When Michael and I were dating we bought two world maps and each circled places we wanted to visit together. On my map were places I had never been and wanted to explore for the first time with Michael; there were also places I had been, and loved, and wanted to share with him. One of the places I visited that I wanted to return to with Michael was the bottom of the Grand Canyon :) and we’re going to make it happen for Michael’s birthday this year. In September, Michael and I will fly (with no children) to Arizona, where we will hike down and up, this magical, immense, natural wonder. I’m so excited for this adventure, and I can’t stop daydreaming about the Grand Canyon, it’s stunning beauty, the physical challenge of hiking the canyon, and the time with Michael.
Parenting: my ongoing parenting dilemma—how much discipline, how much freedom? Parenting Ryan and Connor often feels like a balancing act, attempting to parent with the most appropriate reactions, guidance and freedom.
New home: We’re planning a move in the near future. It will be a local move, likely only 10 miles from where we live now. We’ve been passively looking for a while, but I’m having trouble making up my mind about what I really want. Do I want an old house from the 1930s or a newer one from the 1980s? Do want a big house with extra rooms or a smaller house that keeps us close together? Do I want something that needs updates or something more current? Do I want to be farther from town or closer to town? Even as I type this, I’m still not sure what I really want, so each week I check the houses that are listed, and I hope I will come across one that feels just right.
Marriage: In discussing marriage in Becoming, Michelle Obama says, “It’s a contract best renewed and renewed again.” I love this, and I try to remember that marriage requires daily work and a commitment that deserves to be revisited.
Women’s rights: When I think about the timeline of humanity, I’m always stunned when I remember it’s as recently as the last 150 years that women have started to make advancements towards equality in the US. Which brings me to the current debate on abortion. The fact that this personal choice, has become such a public topic, being ruled on by a government of representatives dominated by men, is mindblowing to me and totally unacceptable.