The Common Thread // Rachel

July 19, 2016

The Common Thread. A Sakura Bloom photo documentary celebrating the commonalities that we share through the capture of what makes us unique.
 Rachel - She Rocks the Cradle

We are excited today to introduce @sherocksthecradle, Rachel Kirk, as photographed by @lifewithmads.

Name: Rachel

Kids + Ages: Captain (4), Mamitas (2), Ezra Eugene (born sleeping), Peach (7 months)

Where you live: Ventura County in sunny Southern California!

What is unique about the wall you're standing in front of: It's a wall in the old part of my home town, and I have sweet memories from here as a child. The annual city street fair and parade takes place on this street, and when my husband and I got engaged 5.5 years ago, we took engagement photos along this wall.

I spend 90% of my time doing stay at home mom stuff like nursing, cooking, cuddling, playing and cleaning, and 10% of my time writing for @sherocksthecradle!

The strangest thing I ever discovered in the bottom of my purse was: a 2 week old avocado grilled cheese sandwich. It was beginning to fossilize. Ooops! Maybe I should clean that thing out more often...

When I'm celebrating, you'll find me eating nachos and drinking old fashioneds!

If I could have any superpower, it would be: the ability to see the motives behind peoples' actions.

Making pancakes on the weekend, I'm listening to: the Beatles. Always the Beatles!

If I got pulled over for speeding, I'd most likely be listening to: Caravan Palace or Daft Punk!

If I could spend a month making the world a better place: I'd spend my time advocating for children in Foster care. On any given day in the U.S. alone there are 415,000 kids in Foster care, and I want to see more people working to support the Foster families in their communities.

The most inspiring Instagram feed to follow is: @rootedinthevalley. I'm kind of obsessed with the idea of farming, and this account highlights female farmers from all over!

My top tip for a new parent: throw away all the books, toss all the advice, and listen to your gut. No one knows how to parent your children better than you can when you trust your instincts.

My favorite book recommendation: Giant by Edna Ferber. I liked the movie growing up, and I fell in love book when I was pregnant with my first baby.

If I could only have one Sakura Bloom on a desert island, I'd have: linen Storm because of its versatility and breathability!

If you get me talking about: babies, Beatles, or breastmilk you might as well cancel the rest of your day. (And Disneyland, but that didn't start with a "B". Alliteration is important.)

The name of my memoir would be: Froquessiant as Heck--Confidently Making Life (and words!) Up As I Go.

The top item on my bucket list is: to see Paul McCartney or Ringo Starr live.

If I could go anywhere in the world for a week, I'd choose: England! I have a dear friend there, and would love to see Liverpool and trace the early steps of the Beatles in Liverpool.

Thank you so much for joining us for The Common Thread!

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