Thoughts on time with you, an ode to your being: Shelby Darling! As far as light reaches into the dark, you stretch, you extend, you consume. Have you ever witnessed sunlight grab for shaded places? It’s a powerful thing to see, the hands of the sun break darkness into a million insignificant fragments. Like the slit of shine between the floor and door in a pitch black room, that is who you are; and you’re not only noticed, but eyes can’t help but be drawn back to you, again and then... Read The Rest →
It was the June after her senior year. Freshly graduated. Sweet freedom for as long as her pretty eyes could see. The month of warm summer evenings, cricket songs sung through screen windows, and sleepovers galore. In fact, that’s exactly what she was up to, the night she first spoke to that sophomore cutie, Matt Hansen. She laughs about it now… “The details are becoming hard to remember! Can you believe that was already nine years ago?!” Nine years ago. What were you doing nine years ago? Who were... Read The Rest →
It was her most favorite-est night of the year, Christmas Eve. Little white twinkling lights were strung, the buzzing world felt electric, their stockings were snug side by side, and she? She had to work. As she slaved away into the early evening, he snazzied up, complete with one extra spritz of Burberry Touch, preparing for a romantic jolly holiday dinner that she would be welcomed home to. He and his family gathered in the home he grew up in to feast and toast together, in anticipation of the night’s merriment.... Read The Rest →
Chilly air down by the docks, it was a Saturday to write about. She wore his love, cozy like a blanket. He covered her in adoration, his affections restating what he knew two weeks in. “It’s you and me from here on out.” More of this love story shared soon on The Darling.
Yesterday morning I had coffee with my friend Laurie. I didn’t know that you could drink coffee while you’re pregnant, but Laurie says you can. And so I believed her right there, on the spot, without Google confirming, because she’s pregnant and pregnant women are never ever to be questioned. They have lots and lots of pregnant person knowledge, have even more pregnant person hormones, and also a surplus of pregnant person body mass. It goes without saying that all of these assets, when combined, will wreck thyself if thou doest... Read The Rest →
One from this evening’s maternity session on Balboa Island with the Stilwells! It was obviously really boring, extremely serious, and there was absolutely zero fun allowed. MORE STILWELL GOODNESS SOON, YO.
It took ten years, ten long and emotional years; but from what I hear, their journey wasn’t one that could have been rushed. An honest account of their decade-long history trickled from Sunshine’s mouth; the details ran over my mind like icey-mountain runoff. Sure, I had heard of couples breaking up because of incompatibility before, and I was quite familiar with the long road to recovery called “getting over” someone. But what I’ve typically seen after healing from each other is a fresh relational start– each party “starting over” with... Read The Rest →
On the seventh day of January, In the sweet coastal town of Newport Beach, Handsome Michael Murphy married beautiful Sunshine Mehler. The sea roared wildly, and their friends cheered loudly, All hearts shouting to the infinite sky, They will live happily ever after. More soon on The Darling!
Their eyes never left her. They tracked each step, always inches behind, with concern visible on their face, she’ll probably fall, but somehow assured that falling is okay… and even expected, every few steps. Little Ellie wobbled about, one foot forward… and then the next, glancing up at her parents with a look that says, “AREN’T YOU PROUD!?” When they missed an opportunity to cheer, she made up for them, clapping for herself every few steps, eyes filled with such wonder, a heart filled with the need to explore… and... Read The Rest →
The occasion? Daddy is home from Afghanistan for two weeks. And these feelings are worth remembering, forever.