We are Jamie and Claire, two friends who met in a post-natal yoga class after our baby girls were born in August of 2006. We created The Rain and the Swell as a place to record thoughts about motherhood and to ensure some measure of our creative well-being in the midst of parenting, dayjobbing, selling art and writing for money, maintaining relationships and all the daily stuff that gets in the way of a few quiet minutes in front of an easel a keyboard or behind a camera. By challenging ourselves to write, draw, paint, photograph, and otherwise document our lives in small ways, we get to experience that particular joy of creating something and putting it out there. We choose to share this publicly as we hope you might find similar comfort here.