We arrived to our Indiana home late in the evening on the 26th. The past few weeks have been very difficult, but also full of much kindness and sympathy. I was able to travel to Utah to be with family after our recent great loss. My travel was even sponsored by a kind soul donating skymiles to make sure I could be home to grieve with family. I have very much appreciated all of the emails and voice mails from friends across the country. I have been a little hit and miss getting back to people, but thank you to all.

Brian did great in his New York debut. You can see photos of the opera at http://www.playbillarts.com/news/article/6045.html He was very spooky as a ghost in the second act, as is evident in the photos. He is next off tomorrow for a production in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Colin and I will join him later in the month so I can prepare the house for our move. The we will be back two days before closing to finish things up and become homeless. When we are home later in the summer, we will move to SLC to make a home base there with family.

We have many hectic but exciting months ahead. March is North Carolina, then we are off to Israel for April-June. We plan to travel a bit in Europe on our way home, then back to Indiana to move things from storage to Salt Lake.

We received the horrible news that my niece Kirsten was killed while at Trolley Square in SLC, Utah this past Monday. Her Mother was also seriously injured. We are all in shock and terribly devastated by this great loss. My brothers, sisters and I are scrambling from across the country to get to Utah. We have received many great kindnesses from many people during this tragedy, and we are very grateful.

The following is the statement from our family:

The Families of Kirsten Hinckley and Carolyn Tuft are, with all of our community saddened and shocked at the events of the previous evening. We are especially saddened by the loss of our sweet Kirsten, and the critical injury that occurred to Carolyn, but our hearts go out to all of the people hurt by this Tragedy. We would like to thank the entire law enforcement and medical communities for excellent handling of this whole ordeal. We appreciate the many thoughts and prayers that have gone out on behalf of both Kirsten and Carolyn, and join with our community in wishing well to all those who have suffered at this time. We ask the media and people for privacy.

Sincerely The Hinckley and Tuft Family

I have a slight affinity to making photo collages these days. Like many parents, I like looking back at photos of my baby. I still look at Colin and at times cannot believe he is my child (and that I am someone's mother). Many times I still cannot believe I married Brian Stucki but yes, we are very married. Brian is a very sweet father and Colin has been very "Dada" focused recently. However, he still follows me around and has become very demanding for breast feedings.

Colin turned a whole one year old! We cannot believe how quickly a year has gone by. We are currently in Brooklyn in a sublet while Brian works on a production with Dicapo Opera in Manhattan. The sublet is lovely, which is nice because it is too cold to be outside for long periods of time. We had wanted to take Colin to a toy store today for something fun for his birthday. Since it is so cold, we just made a quick trip to a cup cake bakery. Colin had more sugar today than he has had in his whole little life and he loved it.

This morning Colin was in the bathroom with me and grabbed the soap. Before I could get it away from him he had taken a good bite. I expected the first bite to deter him, but he continued to take at least two more bites without wincing. I included a photo of my soap. Hmm. . . I think one of my nieces used to eat soap.

I have been a bit nostalgic for our home because it will not be ours for too much longer. After seven months on the market, our condo is under-contract and set to close the end of March. We love our condo, but seeing we have only been there for 2 months since April 2006, it will be a good thing. We thought we would have a whole month to organize and pack, but Brian has an offer to sing in North Carolina for March. Hmm. . . it is a good opportunity but a bit crazy. My parents are coming to help in early March. We are also preparing to leave the country for more than 2 months as Brian has a job in Israel and then we plan to stop over in Europe. It is all a little insane, but when did we ever live life as normal people? I have been looking back at photos of home that I wanted to share.