I can’t pass a baby without peeking. I’m that person across the plane aisle doing everything in my power to make them smile. I adore babies and always have. It’s just one of those things inherent in who I am.
I am also a bit of a nerd. I like science and numbers and data and research. (Apparently more than I care about run-on sentences.) I have a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology, which requires art to apply the science meaningfully. It’s much more science focused than most people think when they hear “speech therapist.” We toss around words like metacognition, aphasia, fluency and dysphagia at our cocktail parties.
My husband and I met at the University of Colorado and began our love story on a summer mission in Siberia, first sharing our feelings along a dirt road in Ulan-Ude. We married a few years later, had our first son in 2007 and our second in 2010. We’ve mostly lived in Seattle but spent a couple years trying out transplant life in Colorado after having our oldest. We became very thirsty. Apparently we grow better with water, rain and coffee than sun, wind and altitude.
My hope is that this blog provides ideas for interacting with children in ways that are nurturing, fun, meaningful and more effective. If you’re only going to get 20-minutes a day reading with your kid, let’s make those 20-minutes superb. If you’re having a hard time communicating with your toddler, you’re normal! By sharing what I’ve learned about language development, I hope to make it a little bit easier for you, too.
I share how motherhood, marriage, friendship, spirituality, gardening, cooking and reading shape me. How I try to care for my mental, physical and spiritual health in the midst of caring for my family. How I’m learning bit by bit to battle my perfectionistic tendencies rooted in anxiety. How I’m (hopefully) growing in grace.
I also share the occasional recipe and rant. Definitely more recipes than rants. I might even talk about growing peas. I love their tendrils. (And maybe, just maybe, I should mention something about a bean? Why is that the name of this blog, anyways?)