Whole Parenting Family

Happy Birthday to AA

call dada?

To my husband on his big mid-thirty’s birthday

little fingers–

inside your heart

all sunshine long


sleepy eyes

perk up

before dawn snuggles


big brain

hold small hands

inside his arms


laugh tender

growing squiggles

our family of five


You would never know my thesis was a poetry manuscript. This is all I got, people.

sweetpea plays

If you too love this Janod firefighter set, I cannot recommend anything from that company highly enough. Brilliant design. The box is part of the toy.

superboy plays

Costco pjs? Don’t mind if he does. And yes, note the Scythian sticker on the kids’ learning tower. They love their adopted uncles. If you don’t own Cake for Dinner, the kid album of the world’s bestest band, your life is incomplete. I have a copy or two for a giveaway I’ll run later this month!

with dada

Our now weekly visits to his work that include AA getting me a very large hot cocoa & the kids croissants from the Starbucks in his building, meeting us at the car, having a visit in the don’t-park-here-just-load-here spot, and then being recharged enough to survive the next 8 hours without him. It’s like drive-through love. Pictured here the kids actually got to get out and go in with him–because it was above 30 degrees finally.


  1. Maria on April 20, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    I love your blog and have been reading for about 6 months on feedly. But I had to stop by and leave a comment because our husbands work in the same building Downtown. What a funny small world we live in. Blessings on your upcoming birth and the last days of pregnancy.

    • Natural Mama Nell on April 21, 2014 at 2:26 pm

      Maria, you’re so sweet! I love your blog too and am now stalking you 🙂 That’s so funny about your husband too!! Isn’t that the world’s ugliest soviet-era style brown building?? Haha. Thanks for the thoughts–end of pregnancy is the best of times and the worst of times.

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