Bah Berry


Harper said strawberry for the first time this morning. Ok, maybe it sounded more like “Bahhhh Berry”, but it was awesome nonetheless. Her vocabulary has increased so much in the last few weeks. It’s incredible.

Lily has been getting ready to start pre-k next fall and she is SO excited. She has been trying to work on her counting and some of her ABCs. Some days are better then the others.

Riley is making her debut performance in a school play this weekend. This isn’t just any ol’ school play, this is “Alice in Wonderland”, and it is being put on at a huge performing arts center. There is 510 seats and I’m certain they will be sold out.

My best friend is turning 30 this weekend (she’s sooooo old 😉 ) and having Nikkipalooza. Logan and I will be spending our first night away since Harper has come into our world. It’s both exciting and a little scary!

My niece comes tomorrow for the first time full day. It will be such a hard day for both of her parents. I remember those days all too well. I, on the other hand, cannot wait to snuggle her and support her incredible parents in the biggest roles of their lives.

There is so many exciting little movements happening in my house and my eyes and heart is completely open to them all. I am embracing every single thing. It’s the first time in quite a while I can truly, truly say that.

Baby’s first time saying “bahhhh berry” may not seem like a huge deal but it is. I was completely present when it happened. She looked at my face and talked to me. It wasn’t something that I heard for afar. Normally I would be consumed with work related matters or texting or something other then my beautiful child. It felt like the first time I REALLY heard her. It made the turmoil I’ve been living in about making an incredibly difficult decision just… go away. I made a choice to be a mom again. Just a mom. The mom I strive to be. The mom I thought I was being but now I know I wasn’t. There has been many moments that passed by me that I will never get back. There has been just as many beautiful moments just getting to be Risa that happened in that time also so there is no regrets. Just peace.

So with that I say good-bye to TMD. It has been an incredible time in my life. I have gained so much knowledge, power, love, friends and experiences to last three more lifetimes. This was not an easy decision but it wasn’t a hard one either. I want to sincerely thank everyone who had kind words to say to me or about my kids the last year and a half. Thank you for opening your heart to me and caring about my family. The village that has been created on this page will always feel like home. You all have inspired me more than words will ever express. I am truly a better parent and person because of all of you. Thank you.


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  1. Laney -  April 24, 2013 - 4:58 pm

    *tears*. we love you Risa. Enjoy miss Harper and her bah berries. <3

  2. Allison -  April 24, 2013 - 6:42 pm

    I’ll miss you and all your knowledge you so graciously shared with us. Enjoy all the firsts in your front row seat.

  3. jennifer k -  April 25, 2013 - 8:43 am

    Going to miss you a lot here <3. Enjoy your children and have fun 🙂

  4. Victoria D -  April 27, 2013 - 1:19 am

    You will be missed! But go out there and continue doing the greatest job in the world. 🙂 thank you for all your inspiration!

  5. Nicole -  April 27, 2013 - 8:36 pm

    Wishing you many more “bahhhh berry” moments!

  6. Chickie -  April 29, 2013 - 10:42 pm

    You are going to missed. You have such a way with words, are so inspiring and well just uniquely you. Thanks for sharing your little village with us. …Enjoy all those moments ahead!

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