So Many Miracles

Photo: Two little boys in the unexpected MVP of my 2019 right now–a hand-me-down sleeping bag from a dear friend. This awesome thing kept my babies warm when I had a hard time keeping them warm.   We went down to Maryland over Christmas knowing the boiler wasn’t long for this world. A bunch of…

[Quiet Thoughts] See you in January

Photo: Coffee Santa done tol’ me that I need a break. And I was like, nah, Santa, I can do this! And he was like, chil’, you can’t even¬†walk right now. Look at yah! Hobblin’ mess! And I was like, Santa! I’m gettin’ around. And he was like, if you don’t take this break… and…

“What Happened to the Elf?”

Photo: My latest finished holiday project. Thanks be to God, because I need to get it out the door on Sunday morning. Knitting projects are best when they have a nice story. This scarf is made with reclaimed cashmere my dear friend Britt gifted to me. I got to use her wonderful gift and make…

Mid-December Anxieties

Photo: My friend gave me this for Christmas and I think it’s lovely. My knitting bag is just adorned with favorite pins and it’s just the best! She said she picked this out because it made her think of my Quiet Thoughts. I need these things today, especially that last line: “We will be okay.”…

[Quiet Thoughts] Full Potential

Photo: The boys asked to go to the Discovery Museum yesterday, and we had a fun time in their favorite places to play. Then Major noticed a new program going on in one of the wonderful workrooms. Well, it was called “Takeaparts” and it’s exactly what you think it is: give kids tools and safety…

[Fail] Wednesdays are Brutal…

Photo: Ursa Major has his first gig next Sunday. He’ll be playing Silent Night at church with his favorite guitar player! He’s so excited! For the past two weeks, he’s been practicing the song every night and he has been practicing playing standing up, which is a different feel than having it in your lap!…

So, what had happened was…

No post on Wednesday? No Quiet Thoughts on Friday? AND no [Fail] Post? Not a word and not a word? Unprecedented for this blog! Unprecedented, I say! I’m so sorry, Dear Reader! I really am! Wednesday was simple enough: it was a wall-to-wall day and then I went out for drinks with a local writer…

The Ugliest House on the Block

Photo: Foamy stuff. Foamy stuff that dripped from the roof to the ground, leaving a trail of foamy stuff allllllllll the way down the front of the house.   One of our animal neighbors is a woodpecker. He’s…aggressive. He found a particular spot on the house, just above one of the second-floor windows, and decided…

[Quiet Thoughts] Sharing is Caring

Photo: Wednesday afternoon. Two little boys making pies in the kitchen.   I really have to elaborate on this photo above. Motherhood is lovely and childhood is magic, but I’ll be real with you: when the boys asked to make pies with me, I really dreaded it. The kitchen is, essentially, my last space. It…

Return to the Table

  It’s the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and everyone is doing something. There are houses to clean and beds to be made, or there is a car to pack up and gas tanks to fill. You might be on the road (or in the air) right now as you read this, or your rolls might be…