Monday, January 16, 2017

And still counting (9918-9947)

the ability to homeschool
their chatter at the table
their friendship

the love notes Lanie leaves at the table for me
sore fingers from music practice
that little ukulele
reading music!
66 Books

all the lettuce in the fridge
loaves of (gf) bread
goal days (10,000 steps!)
mild days
hot coffee

wood smoke
skate night
window findings

grocery run, and she rode on the end of the cart

taco shells


that girl!

skate date

texts with friends
break and bake cookies

errands with Erin
evidence of kids in the house
taco night
mouse traps

table top games

hot cocoa
Marshall's Mom

books in the mail

Monday, January 9, 2017

And still counting (9901-9917)

a drizzle walk with Denise
piano resumed
lessons in learning--restoring priorities
hot fires
first snowflakes

sipping chocolate
Erin's rosy cheeks from hours outside
a walk with Ann
a hound dog by the fire
home, sweet home
she hardly budges from this place

Our wood stack looks like a wall of snow, but the snow was only an inch deep
Sipping chocolate--new favorite


messaging with Casi
the best-ever break and bake peanut butter cookies
and they're gluten free!
 a visit with Anita and David
messages with my dad
ukulele chords

winter white rooftops
Erin's exclamation "snow!"

Sunday, January 8, 2017



give back, return; to put or bring back into existence or use; to bring back to or put into a former or original state; to put again in possession of something (Merriam-Webster dictionary) 

It was a reading marathon, fireside on the couch. She snuggled close (and how I wished I'd spent all the years with my kids like this, instead of table side). Huddled under a blanket my dad made. I'm so glad ten isn't too old for read alouds and leaning in.

I put a ribbon in the book to hold our spot.

"So what do you think is your favorite subject this year?" I asked.

"Well, I like history and science," she started.

"Yes, you're really good with history. You remember so many details that I've already forgotten chapters away," I replied.

"And science is good because of what we are learning," she continued, "and I like math and reading and spelling--except that part about writing all the words and definitions out because my hand gets tired--and writing and grammar--but grammar is a lot to remember--and piano."

"So, you're kind of saying you like it all?" I stated, more than asked.

I smiled. I didn't expect the response she gave me. I didn't expect that she'd like it all and that it would tumble out of her rapid-fire. This is such a contrast from last year--and a joy that grabs me by the heart.

Thinking on RESTORE. So many considerations. I could hardly look beyond the first steps the path  would lead down when I got the word. It seems heartbreakingly hard. But this part, restoring our home and our homeschool from the hustle and all of co-op--this is a rich reward. Erin is not only learning and loving it, she's thriving--and that's what I want for her.