August 25, 2015Dear Darkened Rose,Today marked the two year anniversary of one of the top ten most memorable days of my life. It was the day Bae Rose Gauthier adorned the world with her tiny body. I can't wait to get home and squeeze her."One touch of nature makes the whole world kin." -ShakespeareI've been… Read More "1.7 – One Touch of Nature"
July 12, 2015 Dear Darkened Rose, Unfortunately, my crew JUST finished up our time in Wimberley yesterday. For many weeks, I was directing the Volunteer Reception Center for flood relief. The city was charming initially, but after making countless phone calls to demanding homeowners, dealing with confused volunteers, and being placed in a building with… Read More "1.6 – Disaster Relief"
May 31, 2015 Dear Darkened Rose, I'm going to ramble off like a journal entry for a bit. Today, I need to express that I am quite achy and struggling a bit. Happy belated Mother's Day, on this last day of May (I promised you a second letter, so here it is). I increased my… Read More "4.1 – Humidity, Desert, Flood."
May 3, 2015 Dear Darkened Rose, Last month, I took care of loads of busy (somewhat meaningless) achievements. My awareness has grown a bit acuter because of them. I am discovering renewed routes to challenges that I have either neglected or denied in the past. I was a quitter. Lack of foundation molds a perfect… Read More "1.5 – Evolve"
March 30, 2015 Dear Darkened Rose, This month has felt overwhelmingly busy, yet again. I spent some time adventuring with a few of my most valued friends. I managed to participate in SXSW events with various groups of people, and soak up some free time with Jane, the babies, and Daddy. I did FEMA trainings,… Read More "1.4 – Keep Good Company"
February 27, 2015 Dear Darkened Rose! I just wrote it down at work 2/27/2015--the 50th anniversary of your birth/your half century celebration of womb emigration! I partially planned, and only slightly procrastinated, to get this letter ready for your birthday. Happy Birthday, WOMAN! Momma! Momma! Momma! Great things are happening next month. I have felt… Read More "1.3 – Half-Century and Valentine Celebration Collaboration"
January 20, 2015 Dear Darkened Rose, Holidays drive me insane! As you know, I am never fully ready for them gift-wise, but this last December even my plans were pretty tentative until the last-minute. I grew to be a bit frustrated with myself, but it was a great time to gain this newly nurtured faculty of self-awareness.… Read More "1.2 – Remember and Know Me"
December 20, 2014 Dear Darkened Rose, I'm getting a tattoo for Daddy. It won't be near as big as the one I got for you--you spoiled brat--but I think it'll be just as significant nonetheless. It's going to be the lyrics to a song he would sing to me (we've always danced to it at your… Read More "1.1 – Remember and Know Them"