Monday, March 30, 2015

And still counting (6797-6818)

tea with Teena
her friendship
our children's friendship
Jewish apple cake

library books in a bag
tulips in a pitcher on the counter
dinner with Linda
Sunday morning knitting with her and my dad

spring break coming up
pictures with Christy
coffee with Nicole
Ed and Emma at church
a Saturday night movie with the kids in the basement

a treat to Medieval Times
a playdate for Erin
socks for my feet
daffodil shoots exposed
flurries that amount to nothing

friends who are true too
hot tea
gift cards

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Weekend in March

The kids had gotten gift cards some time ago, and today we took them out to spend them.

Erin is an absolute hoot. Gifts and shopping thrill her. She was doing mad math, tallying the costs of the things she wanted. She ended up getting a bird (she'd seen advertised on TV), a Lego Friends set and a bottle of bubbles. She's been talking non-stop since we left.

Lanie got two Lego Friends things, and at the check-out, she asked Shane if she could get a package of candy. He said yes. I'm certain she asked him because I would probably say no.

"When we get home, let's build our Lego Friends in the living room. And we can eat candy!" Lanie suggested.

"Ok!" Erin said.

Shane and I sat in the front and laughed quietly.

These kids make my heart so happy.


I went out for lunch with a friend yesterday. She and her family are preparing to move to another state, and we have until the end of April left with them. We drove under flurries to the shop, sat in the car and talked probably an hour before heading in to eat; sampled a coconut curry soup (delightful!) and ordered a pot of tea to split. We had a charming window seat and a view of the town. I wished I'd had my camera to take her picture. She looked so pretty.

I will miss her.

She surprised me by her comments to me, comments that suggested she really listened to me and appreciated my perspective. I have always looked up to her for her faith, strength, and discernment. I've always felt like the student to her wisdom. She sent a note to my inbox today and it said several things I treasure. But this? Gold.

"Thank you so much for being true."

I will miss her.


Earlier today, I cornered my man and hugged him.

"Do me a favor, k?" I asked in a happy voice. "Try to show some excitement for the things we get to do around here this spring?"

Wishing this wintry cold away so I can get out in those beds and prepare them for spring. Right now, though? Sipping away at some chocolate chili truffle tea, the outside sound of my husband chopping wood, my girls inside with a non-stop dialogue.

Heading out for a woods walk.

This is the life.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The 'all about me'

She did these projects in first and second grades (though we did a similar project in kindergarten too, more in a show-and-tell kind of way with favorite books and likes. Hint, my bag of examples had coffee and M&M's.) We were packing up stuff to bring home from school at the end of the day, and she had her posters.

I looked at first grade. The photos I'd taken of her, her hands outlined, a list of likes. It was all about her and all about here and all about now: swimming, a dog, new friends, us, this place. Her sweet handwriting as captions to images--this is my dog; I am six; my best friend.

The poster she did this year was much more visual and a lot less wordy. The pictures she used? She took them all herself. Her poster adorned with colorful marker and ribbons. Pictures sticking out around the perimeter like quills. (Had I known that shot she took of me would be displayed for class and congregation, I might have brushed my hair and put on some make up for it.)

I love the first grade poster because it's a snapshot of that time.

I love the second grade poster because it truly is all about her.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

And still counting (6765-6796)

a snowfall on the first day of spring (possibly the prettiest snow yet)
hot coffee
this year's reading plan through the Bible
the things I'm learning because of it
warm days

Shane in blankets watching TV
a chance to meet a friend's good neighbor
butternut bisque
lunch with Doris
her friendship

a blender, gifted
the hum of the heater
a fox in snow
the sound of laundry dropping down the chute
weekly dates with Nora

a chat with Karen on the school room couch
Erica picking up cookies and staying for lunch
Christy watching my kids so I could get a hair cut
the very awesome scalp massage
color I didn't have to do myself (what a treat)

this old, cold house
texts with Anita
a friends sleepover for Lanie and Erin
camera 2

a knitting hour with Dad and Linda
a yes to Good Friday dinner
seats for nine at an Easter service

these years on 66 Books