Growing Hearts, Growing Family

Growing Hearts, Growing Family

Dear Badger,

You came into our lives less than 2 years ago, yet it seems like a lifetime. You have completely changed Ian and me. Before you, we did not believe that we could give up our selfish lifestyle of going and doing whatever we wanted, whenever we wanted. You showed me that love overcomes that. That I am capable of sacrifice for love; yes, I knew this from marriage, but our love is different. You actually NEED us, and depend on us for life. If I have something to do, I know that Ian can care for himself- feed himself and relieve himself. You showed me that love makes any inconvenience okay. Love makes me not care when I have to improvise how to clean up your poop, when I run out of poop bags on our walk. Love has shown me that caring for another being is far more important than going out, working, and working out. It is not a burden to stay home, I actually enjoy slowing down and spending time with you. And this love is not finite. In fact, it grows exponentially. You have shown me that I have more love in me to give. That I am not as selfish as I once was, that I do in fact have a motherly instinct. You might be the best life teacher I’ve had in my adult life. I love you, Badger.

You know that we adopted your brother, Rocco, almost a year ago. With your guidance, he has grown from a little puppy into a sweet young boy.

Adopting a puppy was so much more work than expected. House training took longer than expected; obedience training has taken a long time (adult dogs typically come knowing basic commands); outings take more planning – and patience! Our family grew, and our love continues to grow! You have taught your dad and I to work as a team, to split the work and help each other out when we need to. All of this, preparing us for the next big step: welcoming the newest addition to our family, a human puppy- a baby!

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Your newest little brother will be joining us in a couple short months! I am so excited to meet him. We don’t get to pick him, like we picked Rocco. This is the little guy that we made, and we know he’s the right match for us. I can’t wait for you to meet him. I can’t wait to see you with him. I know you will be a caring big brother, a wonderful nanny dog.

Thank you, Badger, for the love you have given me, the love you brought out of me, and for convincing us that our pair should actually be a pack.

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The Beginning.

The Beginning.

“Not knowing when the dawn will come I open every door” -Emily Dickinson

Sunrise in Santa Barbara, CA
Sunrise in Santa Barbara, CA

Good morning and welcome to my blog!  For those who don’t know me, I’m Kari.  I’m a young professional living and working in Washington, D.C.  My husband and I moved here when I finished grad school in 2012.  In grad school I studied mechanical engineering, specifically MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS) and parametric resonance (nonlinear dynamics).   You can read about that here, if you feel so inclined.  In addition to studying, I spent a lot of time developing hobbies and cultivating amazing friendships.  My interests, errr passions really, include running, roller derby, cycling, strength training (outside, in the gym or crossfit), and yoga.  I’ve spent much of my free time over the last decade learning, experimenting, and trying to become the best version of myself that I can be, at this point in time.  Over the next week or so, I’ll write about my experience in each sport and link them as they come online.  I don’t want to bog you down on this first entry, if you’re like me you’ll appreciate short, concise posts and organization.

I’ve started this blog to share with the world how I apply my critical thinking to my personal interests, in a quest to be the best me that I can be.  Most of what I’ll be talking about is fitness and lifestyle.  I’ll be reviewing the books and articles I’ve read, sharing my goals, and explaining my current self-exploration/experimentation.  I’m also participating in the April writer’s U, so I will probably post some of my assignments here too.  I’m looking forward to sharing my thoughts and trials with you!  Feel free to comment here or on social media (links on your right).