from the weekend

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we ate breakfast in shifts
bought groceries together
and moved throughout our day
some playing out
some playing in
me, a walk with the dog
and later
the smell of roasting tomatoes
and bacon
because there was bacon too
and a novel-made-movie which called us
to the sofas and pillows and
softness
because there was softness too
between meals and conversations and doings
softness
which held our hands and authored our stories
softness
because we said yes

 

sending a little love your way, m

 

 

randoming

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we made these cookies yesterday.  yum.

i keep listening to this. {thanks, e}

i took an extended mish-mash class with deb last year.  super fun.  she’s awesome and i love her.  check out her next offering which runs one week, september 1-7.  hurry…it’s almost september 1!

also awesome and someone else i love is tara.  she’s got a fantastic e-course, creative spark, beginning september 15.  read about it here.  seriously fantastic.  yep.

this article.  you should know:  swearing present; very long.  also:  worth reading every word + the follow-up post {which can be found by clicking on link at end of article.}

enjoying this tea lately.

wanting to make these.

this article too. {thanks, alisha}

i really love this project.  i’m all signed up.  are you??

 

have a great weekend, everyone!
sending a little love your way, m

 

 

blurring of lines

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well, a new year of school has begun around here.  homeschool style.  day one held pancakes for breakfast and an afternoon swim, with some math and science thrown in for good measure.  starting slow and steady.

over the weekend, we headed to the office supply store for some new pencils, a few notebooks, glue, pens.  we didn’t need new pencils, but i let the kids pick some new ones out because, well, can one have too many mechanical pencils?  or sparkly pencils?  i think not.  my daughter wrote a note to her cousin yesterday telling her that we’d been to the art supply store.  i loved that blurring of lines.  art supply store, office supply store…they’re both so good, yes? and, while sunday was a no-school/official summer day and monday was an official yes-school/sort-of summer day, it felt pretty much the same.  true, there was actual schoolwork done one day and not the other.  and my kids will grumble about schoolwork…make no mistake about that!  but there’s a certain blur between our summer days and our rest-of-the-school-year days.  and i like that.

this will be our ninth year homeschooling, and i still feel like i’m figuring it out as i go along. things shift from year to year; the kids shift from year to year. i shift from year to year.  i have learned so much from this homeschool journey…have learned so much from my kids. about the way things blur, how things are not black and white, how there’s almost always a little wiggle room and an opportunity to shift perspective.  they teach me this, the history we read together teaches me this, relearning certain math concepts teaches me this.  even the eye rolls and defiance teach me this.

yesterday was a good day.  but day one is easy; i know this.  i’m counting on lots of easy days up front because the tough ones are coming…there are always some of those.  but day one is under our belts, and it was good.  sunday rolled right into monday without upset.  there was a blur between the days.  and a certain amount of blur is beautiful.

 

sending a little love your way, m

 

 

:: noticing the moments ::

taking some time to reflect upon my week…

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:: a slight love affair with the tomatoes coming in…if you follow me on instagram, you know the story

:: french toast for dinner

:: the kids making movies

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:: this book…so hard to put it down when the day’s doings are, well, doing

:: a week of quiet days…so nice after the busyness {and fun-ness} of last week

:: contentment as i make things…this, a card for our anniversary

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:: contentment as i write this…it feels good

:: the sunflowers…taller than i, bigger than my face…even though i’m in love with the tomatoes this week, don’t think i’ve forgotten the flowers

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and how was your week?  i’d love to hear.  we all would…

sending a little love your way, m

 

 

weaving hands and stillness

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there was a road trip.  with the kids.  we three, visiting friends and family.
food and conversation and kids painting pottery and making movies and swimming.
there was familiarity.  and fun.

and now we are home.
and there is bread baking in the oven, which you know always soothes me.
there is familiarity.  and ease.

my life isn’t perfect.  i face challenges, like you.
but i know my life is really good.
i know it’s full in so many ways.

there are squabbles and bills to pay and hard questions to ask.
but there are also lunches with freshly baked bread and grapes and asiago cheese.
there are memories of cousins and friends and grandparents, aunts, uncles.

and there are car rides with windows wide open, the fresh air of back roads close to home.
there is my daughter leaning her head out the window, eyes closed to the wind, smiling.
her hand and her brother’s hand out respective windows, weaving in the wind.

this week, that week.  last week, next week.
all filled with moments and memories.  with life.
i want to live with my hand weaving in the wind out my window.

i want to soar with the wind.
because in that soaring
i think i find stillness.

 

always a little love, m