Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Breathe. Just Breathe.

I knew posting about my religious beliefs--or unbelief--would be hard, I just didn't expect it to wear me out!  I also didn't expect the responses I received: passionate, happy, concerned, and support.  Overall, the reaction was positive.  Thank you all for your words of comfort.  Clearly, I have life-long friends.

I do want to clarify something: I am happy.  I also feel at peace with my decision.  The angst of church is no longer part of my life; the angst I feel now comes from fear of potential repercussions by leaving a tight-knit church: ostracism, abandonment, and hatred.  Thankfully, I haven't experienced that.

To keep things simple today, and to give my mind a break, I want to share some random, happy, tidbits of my life.

Ben starts medical school today!  As he said this morning, "This officially marks the beginning of the rest of our lives."  It's true!

Doesn't he look handsome?

And now, the picture you've all been waiting for, my new hair cut.

I straightened Emily's hair and attempted to capture a photo of our similar hair styles.

Obviously she was thrilled.

Lastly, Andrew is strong.  He broke the glass top on our glass top dining table.  How did he do it?  I am still not sure, but it happened while he was doing his favorite activity of climbing on the table.

Not much has changed in our household.


  1. Congrats on this BIG first day. Along with all the little and big changes you have there!

  2. Still find it crazy that both of us Ambers are married to red-headed Bens. Mine isn't working toward being a doctor, though, so send some of your excess dough my way in 4-8 years, k?

  3. Thank you, Kate! I'm not as excited about having to find replacement glass for our table, but everything else is awesome. : )

  4. Haha! I know! Whenever I read your blog I laugh because the similarities. I'll send you extra dough if you could send me good pregnancy vibes--for whenever I want to try again. Deal??

  5. I love your cut, but Emily's expression is priceless!

  6. Congrats on Ben's first day! I remember my husband's first day at med school, although I rejoiced more when he was finished with his last day of training. The hair looks great!

  7. LOVE the hair! (Love Emily's face...) And more than anything, I'm baffled (and bemused) by the ability of inquisitive little ones to get themselves in, out, and on top of the strangest situations...

    Hope Ben's first day(s) are going great!


  8. Love your hair! Looks a lot like my cut. ;-) Good luck to you and Ben. My brother-in-law went through med school after marrying my sister and having a couple of kids. Pretty stressful and work-filled times. Be strong - in all ways.

  9. Kristen @ MothereseAugust 16, 2011 at 8:09 AM

    Congratulations and good luck to Ben and your family on this exciting transition! xo

  10. Kristen @ MothereseAugust 16, 2011 at 8:09 AM

    Exactly what I was going to say! :) You've got to love the way kids make photos so memorable.


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