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@etst See full size profile   writer, mother. I take a lot of pictures, with my camera and with my heart. Author of New York Times Bestselling memoir Bloom. More:

1 day ago

Finally visiting the oldest city in the United States, and it’s oh so charming. ❤️

2 days ago

The first time I saw Brett, he was helping his boys out of his car while I watched from a window ( #likeacreeper ). We met for a big group dinner with mutual friends that night, both knowing it was a set-up. I don’t remember much from the evening except for the way he loved his children—so attentive and patient. It was magic to watch. Fifteen years later, I get to behold that magic every day. Our kids will face challenges and certainly have things about their childhood they’ll complain about, but their fathers’ affection and selfless love will never be one of them. What a foundation he has given them. Happy Father’s Day to my favorite teammate...❤️

2 days ago

We are babysitting kittens for two nights just for some love for the kids, and it’s been magic (we can’t have cats because too many people have allergies in our house—and also we don’t want one 😂. We will get another puppy after the summer). Thank you for all the sweet messages—SO much love, proving once again that dogs truly are man’s best friend. The kids are good—we grieved a lot a month ago when we thought it was happening then, and we are so happy Latte got a bonus month of love and died so peacefully, snuggled next to her boyfriend. ❤️

3 days ago

She’s all they’ve ever known, and it feels like an era of their childhood is over. ❤️ Rest in love, Latte. Thank you for protecting my babies all these years, for comforting their hearts when they were sad and for putting up with all our shenanigans.

4 days ago

We love you forever, old girl. We wanted you to wait for one more hug but knowing you, you didn’t want Lainey to see you down. Go play with Sophie now and know you will forever be ours. ❤️ You are these kids’ childhood, and every wonderful story we’ve written includes you. We’ll miss you so much.

4 days ago

All together tonight to celebrate...Brandyn’s 21. ❤️ We talked about the old days when our neighborhood was full of 20 boys all Austyn and Brandyn’s age, and summers were magic—full of barefoot kids who left the house at 8 and didn’t come home until 10. I love the parenting perspective I’ve been given from getting to be a part of their childhood. And I love when we’re all together in this blessed blended mix of family. It’s not perfect, but there’s so much love. ❤️ Brett: “You want to order a drink?” Brandyn: “No, I’m good.” Brett: “So no dad rite of passage of ordering his son a beer on his 21st birthday?” “Brandyn: “I’ll take a Corona.”

5 days ago

You all know I love me some @tjmaxx , so I was thrilled to accept their #maxx50challenge for Father's Day, seeing what gift package I could create for Brett with $50. I've found so many of my favorite brands and designers at amazing prices and love the thrill of the hunt for that perfect, unique gift. I went with a Florida pool theme because Brett's all about that Florida life. I threw in a little 80's flair because--hello, those were his glory years (cue Boston's "More Than a Feeling"). I even found pool wave tissue paper and a gift bag to top it off. More shopping fun in stories! (and you can shop T.J.Maxx online now too!) [] #ad #maxxlife

5 days ago

A few things on this fine summer day: 1) We went on a 6-mile bike ride from hell today, in the hottest hour of the hottest day, and my kids lived to tell the story of a mother hell-bent on adventure who sometimes makes regrettable decisions. Things they said: “I want Daddy,” “I’m having a heatstroke,” “I’m going to puke.” Things I said: “Just keep pedaling,” “I’m sorry the water I packed is hot,” “Wouldn’t you rather throw up in an air-conditioned building than here by the side of the road?” “You’re going to love this story someday.” Good times. 2) @growingconnected is back on the blog today tackling the tough parenting situation of how to help a child through self harm behaviors. ❤️ For parents of older kids, there are so many situations that can feel lonely because they are harder to talk about openly. As always, their advice is wise and compassionate. Link in profile for more. 3) I stayed up until midnight last night to hang with Brett and watch a show, and it was HARD for this little grandma to keep her eyes open; but I’m trying to be fun summer good times girl. Our bedtime and wake up clocks have to find a middle place. 4) A friend texted me a photo of a Kurt Vonnegut quote today. I felt it, and it made me smile; so I’m passing the smile on to you now: “The arts are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something." Make something—anything—tonight, and feel that surge of happiness.

6 days ago

I met this beautiful expecting mom a few weeks ago when her mom reached out to me. They had received their DS diagnosis and were looking for resources. I met her entire family for breakfast and answered their questions as best as I could. I was so impressed with how calm and accepting Maddie was and fell in love with her whole family. I asked her at breakfast a few weeks ago what she was most scared of but told her today I asked the wrong question. “What are you most EXCITED about?” She teared up and answered, “when they put him in my arms...just holding him for the first time.” We sat at my counter for hours today, talking babies, nursery decorating and how magical that first night feels like, snuggling your baby in that dark, quiet hospital room. Her biggest concern is how to let people know that she doesn’t want them to feel sorry or to compare her kid to others or to think that she’s disappointed because she’s so excited and in love with her baby. I told her to lead the way. Show them how it’s done. We cannot wait to welcome and hold Baby Myles this September and watch him make his incredible mark on the world. ❤️ @itsmaaddie

1 week ago

Summer camp vibes forever. This summer, Lainey’s doing her first real summer camp—a sleep away camp up north with her best friend. I’m having so much fun helping her pack and planning an epic camp care package for her. On the blog, summer camp essentials and care package goodies (priority 1: twinkle lights). 🏕 🛶

1 week ago

Draw a crazy picture, Write a nutty poem. Sing a mumble-gumble song. Whistle through your comb. Do a loony-goony dance ‘Cross the kitchen floor, Put something silly in the world That ain’t been there before. ~Shel Silverstein These books were very present in my childhood, and I’m still disturbed by Mrs. McTwitter, the babysitter who sat on the baby...and the heartbreak of Deaf Donald who loved Talkie Sue. ❤️ #muchtochalkabout #whydomyfeetlookliketheyareonfire

1 week ago

Summer tats. ❤️❤️