room for all of it*

Nico, Andrea, photo by Vivienne McMaster, Canon PowerShot S95
Nico, Andrea, photo by Vivienne McMaster, Canon PowerShot S95

I had the pleasure of strolling with the talented and wonderful Vivienne McMaster a few days ago while she was visiting from Vancouver. We shared a studio when she was living here and I still miss her magic and sweet smile. As is our tradition, we walked to the Edible Schoolyard and photographed each other. I treasure the shots she got of me and Nico above, and the timing could not have been better. They remind me of how much there is to celebrate amidst all the other stuff that life brings.


Vivienne McMaster, Canon PowerShot S95
Nico, Andrea, photo by Vivienne McMaster, Canon PowerShot S95

I appreciated all of your comments on my news about Ben and all of the love you have been sending our way! I feel even safer knowing my communities (online and real life varieties) are holding this news in the most sacred way. I also loved hearing how practicing gratitude has helped you through uncertain and tender times. Seems my intuition was spot on to start that gratitude journal.

When I pulled these photos up on my computer, Matt exclaimed, “You look so happy!” And the truth is, when I am taking it moment by moment, I really am. There is room for all of it. Fear, worry, grief, and yes, even joy.

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  1. Jennifer

    Here’s hoping you get all the support you need. I’m definitely trying to send some positive vibes to you all from my end. My mother has always said that in times of crisis or whatever it is you want to call it, the best thing you can do is show up, and I hope that the friends who are physically close to you all will do that for you. By that I mean, dropping someone a quick phone call to say hello or to say that you’re getting coffee, would you like some. I think we all wonder if we get ‘in the way’, but a quick 5 minute thing can really do wonders….

  2. michelle

    I see Ben in Nico’s eyes so much in the photo of Nico standing and I just know that Ben is going to come out a true “Superhero” through all of this! I have been following your blog for awhile now and also know that you will come through it all with grace! My prayers are with you! I cannot believe how “grown up” Nico looks already!

  3. bahiehk

    you look radiant. xoxox

  4. Sue

    Thanks, Andrea. This inspires me. It is modeling for us how we could face the challenges in our lives. Gratitude. Always a choice. Thank you for that.
    Been thinking of you and Ben for days, sending love and best wishes. Hoping your “peeps” and support system remain close at hand.
    Love the Nico pics! Such gorgeous little men you got there ;). Take good care..

  5. dawn

    Thinking of you and knowing the bright healing energy is yours and Ben’s and it is everywhere.

  6. Puanani

    That big ole’ heart, expanding for our every emotion. Sigh. So lovely.

  7. Kate D

    yes, you DO look so happy – great shots! And I love that one of Vivienne, too. She looks so happy!

  8. carey

    You look extremely happy and peaceful too. I don’t know what the experience you are going through is like but I can imagine (having gone through other types of hard times) that sometimes ‘knowing’ has its own release. And release can be quite powerful.
    The best to you and yours (your people)
    Namaste, carey

  9. 6512 and growing

    You, your baby, your story and words are beautiful.
    I wish Ben many, many seizure-free days.

  10. jill

    “Room for all of it…” Amen! Nico looks a bit like Ben in that first photo. How blessed you are!!
    ps… that is a really cool picture of your boots, as I’ve never seen them other than the “toes” part. I had no idea they were cool all the way up your legs! hee!!



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  15. stef

    such beautiful shots by both of you “:)

  16. Aunt Judy

    Andrea, you and the boys look just darling and isn’t it fun to see Nico growing so fast and Ben, so full of life! I am proud of all of you! xo Auntie Judy
    PS: I would like to share my favorite expression that I used all through the years: “This too will pass”

  17. Michelle O'Neil

    I somehow stumbled upon your blog and these gorgeous photos of you and your baby. May your sweet boy do well on his medication. My heart goes out to him and to you.

  18. tea_austen

    It makes my heart happy to see you in joy. xox

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