Introducing My Elle ...

I bought a pretty notebook before Topher was born. I wrote a quotation at the top of the first page with every intention of writing more - of filling that page and all the ones following with brilliant writing. Eloquent words on life and faith and motherhood ...

But eloquent words never came.

I kept waiting for perfection to fill my pretty notebook, and while waiting for "perfection", I completely missed documenting the normal. The every day.

And the same thing has happened with this space. I want to write - I love to write! - but I have so much more in my head than I have time to sit down and type. I've been feeling like this space is being wasted with my boring accounts of my day to day life. I want to write more. I want to write better. So if I didn't have the time to write something deep and insightful - something meaningful - I didn't write at all.

Then I came across a quotation from Voltaire that really struck a chord:

  • "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good."

So here I am.

I need to write. It doesn't matter if it's eloquent or a jumbled mess of words - I simply need to write as much as I can, as often as I can. My life isn't perfect, so why should my documentation of it be?

With that being said, allow me to (finally!) introduce the newest member of our family:


Ellinore Alyssa, better known as Ellie, or "My Elle", as Topher refers to her, was born on March 12th - making her ten weeks old today. Topher loves her - sometimes a bit too much, since we're always telling him "BE GENTLE!". He loves to hug her, kiss her, poke her, pat her, and most recently, try to pick her up! Ellie's a good baby - a happy baby! - and even though it's only been ten weeks, sometimes it's hard to remember what life was like without her. ...