• heart spill // november

    Dena November 18, 2015

    My heart is preparing itself for winter. I find myself wondering how I will survive. These seasons of my life are the hardest and the most full of wonder that I will ever know. There is the solitude of marriage; the solitude of motherhood; the…

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  • Hope Floats

    Dena September 14, 2015

    In recent years, I’ve begun to think of autumn as “berry season.” So many of the bushes and trees that we pass on our walks come to life in September with bundles of the most gorgeous, juicy berries in all colors. I took this set…

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  • No Pressure

    Dena November 11, 2014

    I’ve been wanting to update but a lot of things have gotten in the way. Mostly, I’ve felt so much pressure to say everything — that I’ve been too overwhelmed to say anything at all. It doesn’t help that I only find time to sit…

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  • celebrate //

    Dena August 18, 2014

    This month’s prompt word is celebrate. Aside from the fact that I’ve been physically unable to spend time on my computer, it’s been difficult to even brainstorm for this prompt. I’ve been suffering and when you’re suffering, it’s hard to think about celebrating. Still, this…

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  • Beautiful like me.

    Dena June 20, 2014

    Something happened when I turned thirty. I started loving myself again. In the months leading up to Roman’s first birthday, I fell apart. It was a regular self-hate fest around here. I was angry, sad, and mostly — disappointed — in myself because I had…

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  • 22/52

    Dena May 31, 2014

    The 52 Week Project – A portrait of my son, once a week, every week, for one year. 22/52 — There are two bushes in our yard. Around this time each year they bloom full of the most gorgeous white flowers. From a distance it…

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  • Rain

    Dena April 14, 2014

    Express yourself completely, then keep quiet. Be like the forces of nature: when it blows, there is only wind; when it rains, there is only rain; when the clouds pass, the sun shines through. These words come from the Tao Te Ching, an ancient Chinese…

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  • Defined

    Dena March 10, 2014

    “It isn’t what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.” –Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility In other words, talk is cheap. When I look back on my life, and define this time in it, I know what I want to say.…

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  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & Motherhood

    Dena October 31, 2013

    From ages fifteen to twenty-one, I suffered from severe depression and anxiety. Over the course of that time, I visited with countless doctors and therapists. I was prescribed different medications and sat through fruitless therapy sessions. After years without much change, one day, I found…

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