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Everyday Beauty 9::30

15 Apr

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A few minutes with my girl in the sunshine.

Everyday Beauty 8::30

10 Apr


Spring is here in full force.  And, it is glorious!!!  On Monday, Ella raced outside as soon as lessons were over to teach her own school.  This picture cracks me up.  She has been so excited lately.  Obviously so that taking her bike helmet off was not necessary to learn about volcanoes on the old leaf pile.

Prince Shoes

13 Mar




Baby toes need baby shoes.  I finished seaming these little shoes for Gavin yesterday afternoon.  Today, he wore them out on our car ride and they stayed on!  It is probably no surprise to you that I would love knit booties.  But, baby booties that actually stay on the baby’s feet – over the moon, I tell you.

Joel has been in San Francisco for work this week. His mom was sweet enough to come for the beginning of his trip to help keep us all sane.  (Thank you, Nana)  I wasn’t quite feeling up to four days and four kids all by myself.  During her visit, she and the girls created the Three Sister’s Tea House and served tea.  Our next door neighbor serendipitously  brought us a pound cake.  Nana helped the girls make beautiful and fancy paper fan menus.  This was the same day Gavin woke up with a stuffy nose and needed many snuggles.  Thank goodness there was a the enjoyment of the tea party and all its preparations.

The other day I noticed all this stuffing laying around the house.  When I asked Ella and Sophie about it, they told me they were making stuffed animals out of paper.  Naturally, I inquired as to where they got the stuffing.  From our pillow pets, Mom.  Obviously this was a silly question.   Today, the girls and I are going to attempt to sew shamrocks to accompany the St. Patrick’s Day books we have been reading.  According to the legend, St. Patrick used the three leaf clover to explain the Trinity.  Ella has been asking me about sewing lately and I am hoping this is a good introduction with an easy project to accompany it.  I have been trying to follow their leading more in regards to their creative projects.  In all honesty, they are so much more creative than I am. I want to join in their play and the wonder of the childhood imagination see where it takes us.  Just in case this proves to be too advanced, I have some shamrocks to color, too!

Joining Ginny for her Weekly Yarn along.  Thanks for stopping by and saying hello!

Weekend in Instagram

17 Feb


This weekend:

:: Little Man rocked amazing post-bath hair.   Even better there were post-bath snuggles.

:: Eva and duplo building magically turned into wrestling with her dad.

:: Sophie became an author.  She created a series consisting of five volumes thus far.

:: Ella delighted in new crayons – and they seemed to occupy the whole morning.

As I wait for the finale of Downton Abbey, I am listening to the (too loud) giggles of my children figuring out how old everyone in the family will be when …   “When mom and dad are 34, I will be 9 and Gavin will be 4.”  I am not sure how they made up this game;  I am just proud their math is correct.

A glass of wine, the chocolate my husband bought me while grocery shopping, and some more snuggling of little man await the rest of my night.    How was your weekend?

+ Weekending with Amanda


7 Jan


Last week was a slow and gentle start to the week.  We said goodbye to my sister and her husband after we rang in the New Year together. (For the past couple years, they have come for several days following Christmas.)  We found new homes for our new toys, packed away decorations,  tried to welcome old routines into the new year, and in general moved a little slower.  We started back to school on Wednesday and this was the right decision for Ella.  She was ready to have a more structured way to start the day and she flew through the review I had planned for the week.  After the rough start back to school after Thanksgiving, this was a very welcome relief to me.

This slow start gave me plenty of time to think and pray about the New Year.  I love new beginnings and the beauty of a fresh start, so I guess the newness of the New Year is right up my alley. Of course, I have a few habits I would like to work on as the year unfolds.  These are little things that I am currently not prompt about.  I know parts of my personality have trouble seeing the forest of here-now through the trees of what I have forgotten to do.  I want to be quicker about writing thank you notes (on time & as written notes).  I want to be better about my email.  If I don’t feel like I have time to write a real response I will just leave the email to linger.  Then, the days catch up with me and I have left the email unanswered. Oh my, is this a problem. In my attempt to be better about this, I have been unsubscribing from many lists and trying to clean up my inbox of junk so it is easier to have email work for me and not the other way around.  Lastly, I would like to be a better finisher.  You know, put the laundry away instead of leaving it in the basket; toys picked up before we move onto playing in another space; keeping a tighter reign on my creative project so I can full enjoy working on the project.

More importantly than these habits I mentioned above, this week I found myself writing in my journal mostly about what I hope to learn this year.  Overarching, I felt as if there is suppose to a delight to this year, for me, for my family, for our home and I want that delight to spill over.   I want to learn to more fully enjoy the wonder of the here-now.  Heck, even to notice the beauty and the wonder of the here-now.  May 2013 be the year my eyes are opened to more and more of the little graces that fill our days.  Ultimately, to delight in our days.  May you, friends, delight in your days as well!


22 Dec


I turn 30 today!   Truth be told, I am pretty excited about it.  Joel turned 30 last month and together we decided to forgo the usual birthday traditions.   We’re donating our birthdays and giving the gift of clean, safe water to others through the work of charity: water.    This year, especially, we have been awed time and time again about the many blessings in our life, and we wanted turning 30 to be about giving to others in need.

So here’s the question we’d like to ask: Would you — our community of friends and family — consider making a small donation so that together we may give the gift of water to others?

For weeks, Sophie and Eva have been washing dishes together.  Water play.  We so want clean drinking water for others since I live in the blessing of my kids being able to play in clean water.  Since starting this campaign, I can’t look at their sink time the same way again.

Any amount you choose to give – we appreciate deeply. Every penny of the money raised will go directly to fund clean water projects in Tigray, Ethiopia. charity: water will show us exactly which projects we have ALL funded in Tigray once they’ve been fully completed (which takes about 18 months). That means we’ll ALL be able to see the communities we’ve helped.

Our starting goal is to raise $1500.00.   We can do it.

Please join us in being part of the bigger story.

With Love,

Joel & Katie

P.S. Read this story from charity: water to learn how clean water changes lives.

a grateful weekend

18 Nov

This weekend was wonderful, and restful, and I am thankful.

Friday evening was a very long overdue haircut and fish tacos for dinner.
Saturday was a lazy morning for the girls and I.
Playmobil barn and hospital were brought out & the patients needed goat cheese from the farm as their medicine.
As they played, I carved out a small end of the table and worked on cutting more squares for the quilts  planned for Ella and Sophie’s room.
We were together and happily playing all morning,  – I am not sure I remember the last time that has happened so effortlessly.   I listened to them play and make believe; they are growing and changing right before my eyes and I just want to celebrate their growth at the very same moment I hold them so tight so they can’t grow anymore.
Saturday night was a double date for Joel and I.  Creamed Spinach & Mushroom Enchiladas from one of my favorite places with good friends and then the start of a little Christmas shopping at a local toy store.
This morning was church and three tired girls home for early naps.
The family watching overtime of the Cowboys game (a win), more Playmobil, quesadillas for dinner, and an anticipated Disney movie premiere to end the week.
It was a weekend where the tangible moments throughout our home, helped me see the invisible blessings I am most grateful for in our life.

Recently, as a family, we have several families we have been praying for healing and recovery in some pretty serious situations.  Friday, especially, my heart was heavy and full of prayer for them.  I am grateful a baby of a dear friend from high school made it through heart surgery and is on the road to recovery.  I am grateful there are praying people in the world who seek to see through the broken and the hurting and cry out for healing.

I would like to continue my gratitude posts through Thanksgiving.  Please feel very free to share what you are grateful for in this space.  It has done my heart well these past few days.

joining amanda for her weekending post and michelle for the final day of her gratitude week