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To My Schoolboy

Posted by savannahkase on September 3, 2018 in Lessons From Little Ones, Parenting, Personal |

To My Dear First Born, It sounds cliché to say it seems like just yesterday that you slept in my arms, but it really is incredible how quickly you have turned into a young man. I know you are nervous about starting kindergarten today, even though you put on a brave face most of the […]

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Ditches and Peaks

Posted by savannahkase on August 16, 2018 in Lessons From Little Ones, Parenting, Personal |

Our idyllic summer adventure has been full of many wonderful moments, when my children’s joy made my heart feel as if it would burst. My one-year-old discovered the ocean and insisted upon charging into it again and again, laughing gleefully when waves knocked him down. My three-year-old has really gotten into the safari mindset, and […]

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Land of the (Fence) Free

Posted by savannahkase on June 30, 2018 in Lessons From Little Ones, Personal |

Nothing makes me as patriotic as traveling. Don’t get me wrong, the people, animals, and landscapes of South Africa are wonderful, and even the weather has been lovely this “winter” (generally in the 60s each day), and yet, wherever you look there are signs of the corruption and distrust that are robbing this beautiful country […]

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Life at the Speed of Childhood

Posted by savannahkase on June 7, 2018 in Lessons From Little Ones, Mom & Dad Dynamics, Parenting, Personal |

* Happy Father’s Day!  None of this – my blog, my family’s summer-long adventure, or my family itself – would be possible without my amazing husband.  Similarly, I would not be as able and willing to take a three-month hiatus from my job and daily pressures without the support and encouragement of my Dad.  Both […]

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A Pause

Posted by savannahkase on May 16, 2018 in Mom & Dad Dynamics, Parenting, Personal, Work/Life Balance |

The only constant is change. I know this to be true, and yet, like most humans, I find change frightening and uncomfortable, so I resist it even as it is unfolding. In a mindful leadership course last month, our guide introduced the meditation mantra, “Nothing needs to change right now.” As that temporary reality resonated […]

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The Last First Birthday

Posted by savannahkase on May 2, 2018 in Parenting, Personal, Second Child |

There is nothing like watching a baby transform from a wrinkled, helpless bundle into a walking, babbling, little human with his own ideas (“What happens if I scoop all the cat’s dry food into her water dish?”), opinions (books on floor > books on shelves), sense of humor (blowing raspberries on Mommy and Daddy is […]

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Making Mountains

Posted by savannahkase on March 29, 2018 in Personal |

I decided months ago that I would give up sugar and grains for Lent. That may sound extreme, or like not a big deal, depending on your perspective. I was inspired by a group of parents from my son’s preschool class who jointly undertook Whole30 in January – thirty days without sugar, grains, dairy, legumes, […]

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From the Mouths of Babes

Posted by savannahkase on March 7, 2018 in Lessons From Little Ones, Parenting, Personal |

“Ships are safe in the harbor but that’s not what ships were made for.” “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” “Attitude determines altitude.” Since becoming a mother, however, I have been unable to find a motivating mantra that fits my new reality. Now my priority is keeping my little ships safe; […]

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Happy Holidays!

Posted by savannahkase on December 25, 2017 in Personal |

I hope you and yours are enjoying a very Merry Christmas, or at least, rejoicing in a day off work.  I am sending my best wishes for a wonderful celebration with family and friends, and for a New Year full of blessings.  But I did not send any holiday cards. It’s a tradition as sacred […]

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American Exports

Posted by savannahkase on December 7, 2017 in Current Events, Personal |

We are on the tip of the African continent, visiting my in-laws in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. After an unexpected death in the family a few months ago, my husband and I decided to come out to throw his extended family an American Thanksgiving. Although the hot weather necessitated some menu modifications (for example, cold […]

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