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Happy seven months, Hazel! You’re turning into a big girl, doing so many more things and developing your own little personality…which is proving to be quite interesting. I’m impressed by your inquisitive spirit and your drive.

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Today I wanted to share a tasty summer recipe that any mom of little kids is sure to love spending an entire day making. Based on a real recipe by Ina Garten and (loosely) inspired by a true story.

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My father, Bill McGee, passed away on May 31, 2017. He arrived at our house on Thanksgiving Day last fall, awaiting the birth of this granddaughter two weeks later and complaining of a strange rash that suddenly popped up on him. It took until March for him to be diagnosed with a rare type of lymphoma. By then, it had progressed too far, and despite enduring more physical suffering than I can even appreciate and trying so very hard to fight it, he accepted the reality of his condition, said his goodbyes to us all, and let things take their course. Bart, the kids, and I were back home for his passing and the funeral and have since returned home. In the meantime, I am slowly processing through what happened and adjusting to this new paradigm. Today I wanted to write about my dad, especially in time for a bittersweet Father’s Day, and honor his life and what he meant to me and those around him.

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Happy six month birthday, Hazel! You’re my little baby girl…how did you get to be half a year old?

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Hazel is five months old today! This was a particularly eventful month for us–some expected and some not–but Hazel has been a champ as usual to roll with interruptions just as we were trying to settle into a new routine.

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So thankful for the cross and the empty tomb! Such good news is reason to celebrate each year at Easter. This year we made a trip to Raleigh to visit family and spend some special time together.

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Hazel is four months old today! We’ve had a nice, long stretch together since she was born, but the time has finally come for me to return to work next week. It will be good to get back to “real life,” but I will miss the time we’ve enjoyed together.

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