The example of non perfection and mistake making

My kids, I fear, might never learn from me the fine art of a good conversation, or the capacity to feel confident in any situation, or a knack for tidiness or well-appointed clothes or home furnishings, but they will be comfortable with non-perfection.   The perpetual overabundance of one and underabundance of another… They will be…

Drowning in love notes

A repost from October 2012 Fingers click clacked the letters urgently. The white paper set intrepidly by the keyboard and the soft eyes looking, waiting so quietly for the click clacking to stop, and the realization to set in. Focused deeply on a task, the click clacker doesn’t realize what the blue eyes are patiently…

what it looked like when…

the problem with showing pictures is that to some people it looks like a nauseating display of “perfect family,”  I can assure you I chose not the easy road in marriage, as I am wont to do.  However, perhaps this proclivity to difficulty has made me that much more appreciative of the small things. this…

Oregon Coast 2015

This summer, for the first time ever, we decided to take one 2 week long camping trip.  I didn’t realize what this was, this camping for 2 weeks thing.  Originally we were going to go to Yellowstone, but for uninteresting reasons, we settled on going down the part of the Oregon Coast we had not…

August

August is a beautiful time of the year. The rest of the calendar waits for August. Like honey it arrives so slowly, and lasts never quite long enough… but while August is here the indulgences that might have to be stolen the rest of the year are welcome, right and timely. The ice cream outing…

My next trick…

I have been writing here for 10 years.  See…? Places I have lived and the the first on wordpress… Shameless Adeline, yes her, was a mere babe.  So much life here!  And as I go through it, there is so much change. But I have been wanting to move on.  A decade is a good run….

Graduating.

If one is graduating, it’s fairly certain that they have: been asked what they are going to do next been given advice been given more advice, often based on the advice giver’s experiences or observations Only the treacherous offer advice that is not well-intentioned.  Some advice can be useful.  Some can really be awful.  Sometimes…

Half of 2015 in pictures

See this face?  The center of my days, the middle of my schedule, the priority of many of my hours are right here.  Today’s activity? Tea Party, of course.  Because when 6 asks you to her tea party, naturally, we are “Delighted!” Because it is no small thing. She even prepared real tea. In Russia my…

Playing Candyland.

When a 6-year old calls out to you, “Let’s play Candyland!”, how do you respond? Someone in our house is continually trying to throw Candyland away.  Trying to convince the kids they are “too old for Candyland,”  (whaaat?) Perhaps the most important part of my job these days is saying, “Ok, Candyland, not Uno?” and…