Mona Lisa Smile.

This is what faith looks like, I thought. This is what it looks like when you want something with all of your heart and you actually get it.

Light filtered gently through the ancient windows in our small bedroom—touching our eyelids, delicately prodding us awake. This morning was so different from our usual jump-out-of-bed, alarm clock blaring, my-sister-hid-my-shoes, normal routine. Raw, wondrous potentiality tinted the atmosphere of the day like a filter. We opened our eyes at the same moment, smiles already plastered […]

Protein Bars in Paris.

Abigail's first dinner in Paris. Photo: Amanda Fleming Taylor. All rights reserved ~ Mommy Adventurer

Staring at the ceiling of our 400-year-old apartment on our first afternoon in Paris, I was fairly certain we were going to starve to death. In fact, I had packed 12 protein bars in Abigail’s carryon luggage, just to be safe. The plane ride over the Atlantic had been an adventure in itself. Abigail’s brightly colored […]

The Best Meal I’ve Ever Eaten.

Abigail feasts on monk fish, zucchini flowers, buttery noodles on her 10th birthday in Paris.

Abigail said she wanted to eat something exotic for her tenth birthday dinner, something special, something very very French. We sat down at our little, perfectly clothed table. The one with big, bright windows over looking the Siene River, the one that we had dreamed about for our entire plane ride over the Atlantic. And turned […]

Big Sisters Rock

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Emma and her big sister, Abigail, contemplating the mystery of the eternal oil spilll at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Abigail has told me countless times how much she wishes she had an older sister…and as a first-born daughter, I completely understand. But, the responsibility of being an amazing big sister is also a sweet one. Life […]

Let’s have an adventure.

There is something wrong with me.

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  There is something wrong with me. For months, I have dreamed about writing my first Mommy Adventurer blog post. However, as much as I have wanted to do this—as much as I have daydreamed about traveling the world with my four little girls and writing about our exciting adventures—*something* has been holding me back. […]