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School Beginnings: The First Weeks of Have Been….

The first weeks of school have been….. …..great for the kids! …..hard on this mama. My babies….I miss them during the day. Building up to summer I dread and worry about what we will do to fill the time. Somehow, that always works itself out, though, as it did both this summer and summer before last. However, once school starts back, suddenly I find myself with roughly seven hours of nothing to fill the day with. I read my daily devotional and blog haunts. I am trying to exercise more. Occasional coffee dates are starting to happen. The training to be able to volunteer at Oliver’s school was last week, and I attended it. The effort is somewhat there. Sleep is an easy answer. I get up some mornings to help with the morning routine. More often than not, whether I get up early or not, I go back to bed and sleep till midday. That has been a problem. I think my antidepressant is still working. There’s just no good routine in place, more effort needs to be made to filling the days with more than just zoning out. I miss my babies. Photo Days It has been a […]

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Magnolia Tree
Family

Grateful

‘Grateful’ seems like a feeble word to express how profoundly appreciative we are for everything our family is and everything they do. The people we are related to are the epitome of goodness and quiet generosity. I am humbled and so very thankful for their love and kindness. That is all for now.

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the little things
happy, spaces

Giving Thanks

I am thankful so for my children and my husband. They light up my life like none other. These two boys in the photo above have had a rough go of it over the past year, in getting ready and welcoming their new baby brother. They have handled it with a grace and ease that– well, I have no idea where it came from.  It certainly didn’t come from me.  Their daddy has been the steadying force for them in this turbulent past year. Graceful, brilliant, sweet-hearted, kind, funny….these are all qualities I am proud to say my children have and I cannot claim credit for any of it.  It’s just who they are.  I love them.  I love all three of my children very, very dearly. Porter wants to be an astro-chemist, as he says, when he grows up.  He loves both chemistry and astronomy so he wants to combine both.  He loves to sing and dance and he absolutely loves to read.  He’s been singing Christmas carols for us for weeks already. Liam loves to dance and he loves to laugh.  He has the best sense of humor of anyone I have ever known, I think.  He’s becoming […]

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Family LIfe, Writing

Cricket, my Cricket

This is a picture I took a few minutes ago of my Cricket, my baby cat.  The couch here is one of her favorite perches. I say “baby cat,” by which I mean I remember when she fit in the palm of my hand.  She’s still a little petite thing, but at 16 years old she’s solidly in her geriatric years and has been for quite some time. I love this kitty.  I shouldn’t play favorites over all the pets we’ve had in this household, but she’s at the top of the list.  My Daddy rescued her for me from the Carroll County Animal Shelter when I was 16 years old, too young to adopt her myself.  She’s been around for all of my psychotic episodes, and for many other traumatic events.  She was the only thing I wanted from home when S moved out of our apartment in college.  She kept me company while I picked myself up and became independent for the first time as an adult. She had to live at Mother and Daddy’s house, though, when Jared and I met because Jared had Murphy.  See, Cricket is an “only” cat and she herself demands that she […]

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Family LIfe, Writing

Night on River Street

This is the view tonight from our room in Savannah! We’re here for a few days while Jared attends a conference.  I hope to take a lot of pictures of Savannah! It’s been a great vacation so far.  The boys have both had swimming lessons, though Liam’s didn’t go as well as Porter’s lessons.  Porter is swimming like a fish…he loves to go under water with his goggles!  I’m so glad he’s learning to swim at an earlier age than I did. As proud as I am to have seen my boys in action swimming, it’s good to be with Jared in Savannah, just the two of us.  This is where we went on our honeymoon and we’re both just a little more relaxed around each other when we’re here alone, away from the daily grind and remembering what it was like to be newlyweds.  Sappy, I know… I just haven’t felt like writing lately.  Maybe it’s because I’ve been in a good, moderately stable mood.  My MIL taught me how to crochet a cute little twirly scarf, so crocheting has been the art of choice, along with photography, this trip. Oh, and I got my hair dyed a rusty-red […]

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