Thoughts About Nine Years

Photo: Ursa Major learned about starfish in class last week. He also learned how to dab. Because, you know, recess. He now insists on doing the ridiculous pose for every photo I take of him. I can just see our Christmas card now…   Nine years ago today, after too much planning and a very…

Milestone

Photo: Younger us a long time ago at what we call “Pneumonia Falls.” If you ever visit Niagara Falls, there is the Canadian side (the massive falls that you see in all the pictures and on TV) and then the American side, which is actually a gorgeous national park that is pristine and perfect. Anyway,…

A Little Time Away

Photo: I’m told that the Portland Head Light is one of the most photographed lighthouses in the entire world. It’s easily understandable why. We chose the perfect weekend to visit.   The Husband and I finally, finally got a little time away from the boys over the weekend. The In-laws drove up from Maryland to babysit…

[Quiet Thoughts] What To Do With the Gifts on the Alter

Photo: I set out to fix my driveway yesterday during nap time (when I had a million other things to do) because the melting/refreezing cycle has made my driveway an ice rink. My goal was to make some traction spaces… maybe spread some sand. But the barn wouldn’t open (despite so much effort). So, I took…

Of Weather Balloons and Mustard Seeds

Photo: It’s done! It’s done! It’s done, it’s done, it’s done! My first foray into hand-piecing! Hooray! Now, you’re probably confused: “It’s not symmetrical! It’s also sorta small!” You’re right! Because it’s not gonna be a square! It’s gonna be something else. Stay tuned! I’ve gotta buy some tracing paper before I can do the next part……

The Consequences of a Carefree Weekend

Photo: These New Englander boys. I barely had to show them how the sleds work. They took them and learned how to fly in the course of 5 minutes. Then they just went, over and over and over again, for 2 hours. When they woke up this morning and discovered that most of last week’s…

Finally! Some down-time!

Non-Photo: The Husband and my neighbor put the flower boxes in!! Columbus Day weekend always takes me back to teaching. I used to assign the year’s first 5-paragraph essay during this weekend. We’d start in September with some shorter open-response questions (only 2 or 3 paragraphs and in first person) but the more formal and heavily…

The Road Back to Somewhere

Photo: The next room to get the DIY treatment. Anyone out there in the universe have nice chairs? Those chairs are actually for an outdoor set that we’ve never been able to use outdoors… they are heavy and… *Sigh*. That’s what you get when just about all of your furniture is second-hand. Anyway, if you…

The Funny Thing About Marital Critique

Photo: The Day Lilies on the side of the barn are finally blooming! Aren’t they pretty? Our yard is just full of surprises!   The Husband and I will mark 6 years of marriage in October. Can you believe it? It’ll be some 13 years for us as a couple come next February. We’ve been partners…

False Choice: The Problem with Finding a Church

Photo: We had a major water incident this weekend. Water flooded the 2nd floor bathroom and trickled down into the 1st floor bathroom. My Husband, thank God, knows his way around tools, so he was able to fix it all. My husband is a lot of things, but at least he is my lot of things…  …