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A Letter to Our Oldest Daughter on Your 6th Birthday

Every year I am amazed by how much older you are and how much you’ve grown. You are 6. It’s been six years since you were born. Six years! One Saturday this year you woke up early, fed the dog and the cat, then let the dog out all by yourself. Then you poured me a cup of chocolate soymilk, and set out the plates for breakfast. It was just such a big kid thing to do. You were so proud of yourself. This past…Continue Reading “A Letter to Our Oldest Daughter on Your 6th Birthday”

A Letter to Our Youngest Daughter on the Day You were Born

Today is your birthday. No, today is the actual day you were born. Hi, we’re your family. Laura–you can call her mom–is going to teach you how to draw, and sew, and cook from the heart and lots of other really amazing things. She’s sweet and generous and has a mouth like a sailor. You’ll figure out pretty quickly that there’s grown-up words and kid words and you should stick to kid words. For now, at least. Your mom is going to teach you how…Continue Reading “A Letter to Our Youngest Daughter on the Day You were Born”

A Letter to Our Daughter on Your 5th Birthday

I can’t believe you are five years old. I can’t believe how much has happened in the past 12 months. Amelia, you are becoming a really sweet and thoughtful little girl. You constantly have more questions than we have answers and your constant energy is exhausting. You started Pre-K this past August and so far you really seem to be enjoying it. Each day you come home and tell me a little something about your day and what you learned. It’s usually pretty brief and…Continue Reading “A Letter to Our Daughter on Your 5th Birthday”

A Letter to Our Daughter on Your 4th Birthday

You are 4. Four years old. It’s been a long year and we’ve asked a lot of you. We asked you to leave your home and leave behind your best friend, your school, and your cousins to move halfway across the country. It wasn’t easy for any of us, but least of all you. You’ve handled it really well and now that you’re 4 it’s really starting to show how much you’ve grown. You love your new preschool, though your mom and I have our…Continue Reading “A Letter to Our Daughter on Your 4th Birthday”

A Letter to Our Daughter on Your 3rd Birthday

You were supposed to be born around February 2nd. So January 25th started just like any other day, except that your mom and I slept incredibly well. For the last few weeks of her pregnancy your mom had not slept well. She was uncomfortable and worried about having you. When we woke up that Friday morning we had breakfast together and talked about how we’d both slept deeply and soundly. Your mom felt great. I left for work before 7am, and your mom went back…Continue Reading “A Letter to Our Daughter on Your 3rd Birthday”

Heroes for My Daughters: The Jane Collective

From 1969 until the 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade legalized abortion, Jane counseled women about abortion and helped gain access to underground abortion providers. Jane initially sought to screen abortionists and find competent providers but felt that so long as women are dependent on providers they remain powerless. Officially known as The Abortion Counseling Service of Women’s Liberation and operating in Chicago, the collective counseled women of every class, race, and ethnicity and offered services at little to no cost and no one…Continue Reading “Heroes for My Daughters: The Jane Collective”

Heroes for My Daughters: Mara Abbott

Updated to add: Please read her piece for the Wall Street Journal about her 2016 Olympic Road Race. It can be found here.  Last Sunday was a quiet day for sports in most US homes. Some people were watching golf or World Cup. Maybe even a few were watching the Tour de France. It was tough watching Lance go down then get back up, only to finish the day too far behind to catch up. While all that was going on, something amazing was happening….Continue Reading “Heroes for My Daughters: Mara Abbott”