Well, maybe not pearls and definitely not to be construed as wisdom or anything, but welcome to my 200th post! Blogger kindly keeps count, and I was surprised to see that I've actually written this much in the past year and a half.
I started this blog back when we were getting ready to leave Chicago for the wilds of California. High hopes for a brighter tomorrow were couched in the miserable aftermath of hernia surgery and a summer of temporary housing. And yet, we did it. When I was about Elise's age, one of my favorite things to do on walks was to sit down and exclaim, "Look how far we've come!" (Often after not that many steps. I've become a little more restrained in my need for reflection, I think.) A whopping 200 posts in to this world of blogging, I feel a lot of pride and joy when I "Look how far we've come!"