A Second Home

At the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year, our family was a bit of a mess. Toby and I were separated and our kids’ world was crumbling. And in the midst of switching the kids, working like crazy people, me going to school, and dealing with a hurricane of emotions,…

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Residual “Single Parent Mode”

Funny story. Isn’t it great how many times we say that out loud when regaling our friends with tales that are… well… less than funny? Anyway, it was a busy weekend in the Varland house. We saw Iron & Wine at the Taft on Friday, shot a wedding in Bloomington,…

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Open Windows

This morning I sat and ate my breakfast with two windows open behind me… Ok, ok. I know that a lot of you know how much I love winter, but that seems a bit extreme even for me. Here’s the story: Back in 2014/15, I used to eat MorningStar Farm’s…

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Legacy

This last year has been… well… quite a year. Often I feel conflicted about how so much joy can exist along side so much grief. In many ways the happiness and feelings of completeness have been born of great sadness and loss. It feels strange, but it’s especially humbling when…

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