I am a happily married mama with three little ladies. I am a teacher, a poet, a playwright. I live on a tiny island in the Pacific Northwest and write babybythesea.net often, or at least when I'm not making espresso or sneaking chocolate.

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Big {girl} Bed

By Jennifer Beck Furber

The night I took a deep summer breath and said goodbye to our room with a crib was the night sky looked like this: When my third baby was born, I had three children ages 4 and under.  I was feeling like I’d always carry a purse that redefined a diaper bag and wear a […]

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Parades, Memories of a Fallen Soldier

By Jennifer Beck Furber

I’m the daughter of a marine, friend of fallen soldier.  For me, patriotism is politically unbiased.  As a child, my grandparents always taught me about service to country, pride in a uniform.  I believe a bit of each grandparent lives inside my heart, and I’ll always show respect to a person in uniform and teach […]

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I [Think] I am a Runner

By Jennifer Beck Furber

I can no longer count how many times I’ve run, and I have the sneaker soles to prove it.  I am many things:  a mama, a writer, a knitter.  I wasn’t expecting runner to become a description of me. It began a few months ago when I entered a ladies only 10k, a fundraiser for a […]

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Tooth Fairy, by the Skin of my Teeth

By Jennifer Beck Furber

I’m rehearsing for my role as the Tooth Fairy, and I believe it’s my most important role to date.  It took the third tooth from my first daughter to firmly root the longevity of my performance. I have three daughters. Wow.  That’s a lot of teeth. A bit after supper, it dangled on lip’s edge. […]

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Television, Thoughtfully

By Jennifer Beck Furber

I’m pretty sure I said it more than once in my pre-parent life.  My kids won’t watch television, I’ll never plug them in during a car trip and I won’t use shows as a reward. Oops. Truth is, my kids can work the DVR remote better than my parents.  My girls can iTouch their way […]

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Interviewing Children

By Jennifer Beck Furber

I’ve been bewitched with James Lipton’s famous interview questions on Inside the Actors Studio since before marriage, before children. I asked all friends these questions over a three year period.  Each answer penned in black ink within a journal from another place in life.  Each answer reveals details, peels away to the character’s core.  This […]

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Preschool (Paris) Fashion Week

By Jennifer Beck Furber

It’s Paris Fashion Week in France and it’s Preschool Fashion Day each morning in my three-year-old’s closet. I am not a cookie cutter Mommy – it should come as no suprise to those who know and love me best when they encounter my children in all combinations of clothes, accessories and combinations. As an elementary […]

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Art Space on a Whim

By Jennifer Beck Furber

Order isn’t always simple.  In the grey days when the rain pours, I can be found rearranging furniture.  Sometimes it’s the couch in an opposite corner, but mostly I’m dragging the dollhouse beneath another window and stuffing baby’s books in a different, more accessible basket. With three children in our small house on a tiny […]

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Girl Scout Cookie Crash

By Jennifer Beck Furber

So, when I totaled a Girl Scout’s grandmothers’ car at the cookie order pick up, I wanted to crawl under a case of Thin Mints.

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When a Fever Holds on

By Jennifer Beck Furber

A fever breaks a lengthy to-do list; a fever watched never breaks. As I sit with offers of ice water, slushy juice and teaspoons of broth I second guess waiting for our three-year-old’s fever to break.  Perhaps I should pull open the doors of our medicine cabinet and suppress it?  I’d given acetaminophen hours earlier […]

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