We celebrated the arrival of 2011 with the birth of our second daughter – Jessica Ann – born on January 2. Since then we have been living in that tender space of nurturing a newborn – not much sleep, but lots of grace. I love how well Andrea Sher describes this time in this quote from her blog, The Superhero Journal

“There is a way that birth opens you up, not only physically but in other ways too. This birth cracked me open, not in a traumatic way, but in the sense that I am more open now than I have been in a long time. The feeling that this is a window of opportunity is almost palpable– a crack letting more light in, more love, and more healing than I ever could have imagined. I am treading lightly with it, not wanting this window to close, wanting to be as conscious as I can to take advantage of all this moment has to give. I almost don’t want to say too much about it, just to acknowledge that this time feels sacred and fleeting, and that the possibility of miracles feels unbearably close.”