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A difficult, near-deadly birth opened the door to the fragility of life. As fragile as the birth was, the months following my son’s entrance into the world were shaken by an earthquake, unsettled by a surgery, and rocked by a diagnosis. It seemed that at one fell swoop, the vision I held for the future collapsed. The road I thought we were on as a family took a sharp and unexpected turn. The journey ahead required great patience, maximum resolve, and guts.

Finding myself in dark times when everything should have been happy and light with a brand new baby in the house was more than difficult. I was weighed down by worry and fear. Could I carry the pain, the responsibility? Could I still create the family and the home I wanted?

KeriMeHome is a blog about how life can be a mucked-up mess and a pain in the ass sometimes. It’s also a blog to remember that life can be an exhilarating escapade, an enthralling adventure, and a most jubilant journey.


Stories unfold in our everyday lives. Stories bring significance to our lives and meaning arises when we reflect upon little bits of magic found in the moments.

 Road Trips

It is said that home is where the heart is. Sometimes our hearts carry us away from the physical dwelling in which we live and take us to places that open our eyes to new possibilities.

 The Rest

Open the door to poetry, photography, inspirational quotes, drawings, and all “the rest.”


Latest Blog Posts

1306, 2024

When One Door Opens

June 13th, 2024|Categories: Reflections|Tags: , , , , |7 Comments

It was a blistering hot day soon after we moved from the Bay Area to the Central Valley. The Mediterranean climate of the Bay is something I was grateful for during the 20+ years we lived in the outskirts of San Francisco. The farther away from the ocean, the less Mediterranean it becomes; no on-shore breezes from the Pacific, no morning and evening fog banks rolling in to chill the air.  […]

2701, 2024

sun * son * Son

January 27th, 2024|Categories: Reflections|Tags: , , , , , |6 Comments

One foggy morning a few years ago, after I dropped Zach off at his beloved school, I decided to do the coffee shop + laptop thing. I have to admit, I was not in the practice of bringing a laptop to a coffee shop and sipping latte while surfing the internet. “Back in the day,” when I did not know what wi-fi was, I was uncertain how to use it, much less connect to it in Starbucks, where everyone else [...]

1112, 2023

The Preston Pére Noël

December 11th, 2023|Categories: Reflections|Tags: , , , , |14 Comments

What little child doesn’t scream, cry, or freeze up when introduced to Santa for the first time? Maybe there are some littles who reach exuberantly for the man with the white beard and round belly (“that shook, when he laugh’d, like a bowlful of jelly” – sorry, couldn’t resist). I’ve seen toddlers sprint toward the velvety, high-backed chair surrounded by Christmas trees, elves, and presents, only to halt suddenly and scream when a face full of fake white hair and [...]

2609, 2023

Sense & Sensibilitea

September 26th, 2023|Categories: Reflections|Tags: , , |5 Comments

Ordinarily, tea bags are pretty…well, ordinary. Neatly arranged in colorful, perky, perfect-sized boxes or stacked like Pringles® in pretty metal tins, tea bags generally stay perched on a shelf till needed. Whatever their packaging, dressed-up cardboard or embellished metal seems to make up for their ordinary-ness.    Tucked away in my pantry are ordinary tea bags of all sorts. Calming herbal concoctions, soothing throat coats, energizing lemon zingers, and more. In Tetris-like fashion, I had, over time, stacked and displayed [...]

2707, 2023

Dancing at the DMV

July 27th, 2023|Categories: Reflections|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Much to my surprise, I was asked for my ID while purchasing wine recently. I was carded?? Maybe the cashier forgot her glasses that day. And I probably should have donned mine when I pulled Zach’s ID card from my wallet instead of my own. I giggled and then gasped. “You don’t have your ID, miss?” the cashier asked. “No, I do have it,” I replied.  “Here you go.” She didn’t know what I noticed:  Zach’s ID had expired months [...]

402, 2023

Lemme’ See You Smile

February 4th, 2023|Categories: Reflections|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

During the winter months, we like to watch Wheel of Fortune while eating dinner. Somehow, the combination of comfort food and Pat Sajak’s corny jokes just caps off a wintry evening. And the routine of TV game show, dinner, conversation, and clean-up just seems to flow nicely and set a calm pace for the remainder of the night. […]

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