[Quiet Thoughts] Of Solid Wins

Photo: T’was a windy day on Wednesday, so the boys took their giant pinwheels from the flowerbed and brought them over to the play for so they could observe and enjoy the spinning. Soon, as is typical with destructive little children, the boys decided they wanted knock over the pinwheels via the slide. I prevented…

[Quiet Thoughts] Of Loving All

Photo: I am thinking about Christmas cards and I took photos of the boys with my good camera last weekend. This is a top contender for being the picture this year. I took 789 photos last weekend and only 10 of them are viable for the card! Lordy. Worth it, though. This one is pretty sweet.   My…

[Quiet Thoughts] Of Delight and Surprise

Photo: Teacher again. I’m delighted by the differences and similarities of my “old” teacher-self and my “new” teacher-self. In the end, as ever, it’s just me… knowing a little more than I used to and trying something new.   Thanks to my birthday Amazon funbucks, I was able to purchase myself a Fitbit. I’m still…

[Quiet Thoughts] Of Touchstones

Photo: There are some undeniable perks for living in New England. Apple cider donuts absolutely count.   I spent the bulk of my afternoon on the phone with my aunt. Every once in a while, she makes an appointment for deep-dive check-in, instead of the usual text or recipe exchange. There have been funerals and…

[Quiet Thoughts] The Power of Yes

Photo: The opening moments of a major project.   I confess to a little bit of residual Mom Guilt from last school year. I really didn’t feel good about how the year ended. The summer looming, there was an acceleration to all things in anticipation of “everybody leaving” for summer life. I was… not my…

[Quiet Thoughts] The Breakaway

Photo: Ursa Major testing out his new school shoes…   Last Sunday, we got up, had breakfast, and went to the shoe store for the last back-to-school purchase we needed to make. Since Stride-Rite closed its physical stores, this shoe thing has been less fun than it used to be. However, we’ve made do, and…

[Quiet Thoughts] Of Weeks Like This

Photo: I confess that I didn’t take a lot of photos this week. So this is from the garden shots I took last Friday. I am still delightfully fascinated by the pumpkin vines that are slowly taking over the yard. The vine has produced a lot of flowers and those flowers have produced these little bebe…

[Quiet Thoughts] of Open Minds

Photo: I sincerely believe that planting our garden was the best thing we’ve ever done as parents. Every sprout, every leaf, every flower, and every delicious product is a wonder, a miracle and a joy. We have pumpkins for the first time ever and the vines are glorious and interesting and we love them. I’ve never…

[Quiet Thoughts] Dance it Out

Photo: Two little boys, dancing out the last few minutes of what has been an extraordinary summer.   During the beginning of this summer, I said to my mother, “I don’t even know what to pray for right now. There is just too much to ask for. Too much going on.” and now, I can…

[Quiet Thoughts] Of Opportunity

Photo: 6 months ago, this child could barely do the doggie paddle at the local high school swim lessons. This is him dunking a ball from off the diving board with no flotation device necessary. What? Both of my boys can dive off the diving board. Both of my boys are confident in the water! What a…