strong coffee

january 2030
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Marshal Krouse (40 years), Lorelei (36 years), Penelope (4 years), Otto (1 year)

Otto turned one earlier this month and life had gotten much easier. Sure, he got into mischief, but he could speak better, move if he was uncomfortable. If he wanted a banana, he could actually let her know.

However, he still kept wonky sleeping hours and would randomly wake the household with his screams.

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august birthdays 2029

Irina Schehl celebrates her first birthday with her family, a bigger celebration planned for the weekend.

Her parents are certain that she is the sweetest toddler to have ever been born, and while Peter is ready to start trying for another (this one took several years to conceive after all), Elise is ready to focus on her career and not fertility charts.

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January Birthdays – 2029

Violet-Adele’s 39th birthday rolls around and she doesn’t feel much like celebrating. The passing of her Father is still too new, and to add to injury, they are still not pregnant.

She had never been in a rush to have a baby, but with her fortieth birthday fast approaching, and the loss of her Dad, she feels an unfamiliar urgency. Etienne tries his best to lift her spirits, conveying a sense of peace that they will soon find themselves expecting.

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the best days

april 2028
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Marshal Krouse (39 years), Lorelei (35 years), Penelope (2 1/2 years)

narrated by: Lorelei

We saved money to get our backyard fenced this spring, and Marshal insisted we needed a garden to teach Penelope the value in nurturing things. I readily agreed, thinking a garden would be less work than a pet, but I may come to eat my own words on that.

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beginning of all things

august 2025
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Marshal Krouse (36 years), Lorelei (32 years)

narrated by: Lorelei

We came home with Penelope, and I was nervous as I had expected myself to be, but Marshal was just the same. In all likelihood, he would have been fine with parenting a newborn, if he hadn’t set the delivery room on fire. While he and my sister-in-law, Morgan panicked, I just had to laugh, internally and in-between shooting pains of labor. It was absurd, and only goofy, sweet-intentioned Marshal would do such a thing.

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crazed with fever

june 2023
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Marshal Krouse (34 years), Lorelei (30 years)

narrated by: Lorelei

I decided now was the time to remodel The Red Mill; I hadn’t changed a single thing including staff since I took over the restaurant. Marshal wasn’t as interested in this venture, as it required a hefty $25,000 loan from start to finish. He wanted to be buying a new house at this point, and moving towards having a baby, but I’ve put all that on the backburner with my loan.

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happily together

may 2021
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Marshal Krouse (32 years), Lorelei (28 years)

narrated by: Lorelei

Marshal tried being subtle, by encouraging me to visit Erin often, just so I could spend more time with baby Mallory. I wasn’t fooled on what he was trying to do, but I was happy to oblige, I do like spending time with my friend. But lately he has started asking when I might want to start a family, he gets big puppy eyes, and pouty lips. It’s all quite dear, for now. I imagine if he keeps it up for years, I might grow weary of it.

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