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Last week, for our summer vacation we took the kids to the Outer Banks for a week. Seven days in one beach house with five adults and four kids four and under is a little bit of insanity, but we survived and had a good time while we were at it.

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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 one month old! The first month went by quite quickly because it was chock full of holidays and visitors and travel, but now that things are settling into a more normal routine, it’s time to look back on our first few weeks as a family of four.

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In case you didn’t notice, 2016 was just about the worst year ever. In addition to social and political drama such as a glut of celebrity deaths and the presidential election, many people I know, including our family, had a pretty crummy year personally. That doesn’t mean 2016 was a total failure, but I’m not sad to see it go.

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Welcome, Hazel Ruth Taylor, born at 12:57 am on December 8, 2016 and coming in at seven pounds and 21 inches on the nose.

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Well, baby is due on Sunday but theoretically could come any day now. Did you hear that, baby? Any day now. The second pregnancy has been relatively uneventful but definitely more tiring with a 15-month-old involved. I’m so thankful my parents have been here for almost two weeks now to help out as we await the arrival; while Bart has been super amazing as usual, we could never have managed this well on our own.

I could say a lot about pregnancy and all the thoughts and emotions associated with it or described the unique aspects of this one, but as we count down the final days I thought I would keep it relatively light by reflecting on some of the questions and comments I have received over the last few months. Most are pretty benign or guileless, even if they get annoying in their frequency or short-sightedness.

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October unquestionably kicks off a season of celebrations, especially in my family where we have not only the holidays but six straight months of birthdays (seriously, Hudson is the only one in my immediate family outside of the range). The last week was particularly eventful with my birthday and Halloween leading off this holiday season.

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