Such fun. We all gathered at Victoria’s apartment in downtown Birmingham to watch the fireworks that are set off yearly at the Vulcan. But first, a stroll. Especially since GG and the cousins were there – downtown Birmingham is a fun place to wander. Then for some serious snacks. Victoria and Jon made the yummiest appetizers and we brought an… Read More
Cousins, cranberries and chickens
We cooked. We ate. And, after sleeping off the turkey-induced coma, we romped around the back leaf-strewn acreage. With a quick stop for some chicken-snuggles. (No, we do not eat our chickens. Even the crowing ones.) Indescribably thankful for this season, this family, and this sweet life. The Lord has been so good to me.
A Halloween to remember
Halloween 2018 was one for the books. The last few years have found us keeping our kiddos close, due mostly to Clementine’s initial surprise diagnosis and resulting surgery, as well as Magnolia’s heart surgery and artificial valve placement (putting them both in the “fragile” category for a season). But last year, on our way home from our typical Halloween-ing at… Read More
The Zoo. And Back to School.
We don’t really do back-to-school stuff anymore. Not that I don’t want to, it’s just a bit anti-climactic when you homeschool… The first day just sorta feels like just another day, but with a stack of new curriculum. If I were a planner, and the tiniest bit organized, I might do just back-to-school photos on the first day of the… Read More
more chicks in the garden
Towards the end of last summer, we took our then six-week-old chicks out on their first field trip. It wasn’t very far which, for first-time chicken owners, was just right. From the coop, down the hill and across the drive… right into the garden. And they loved it. So, when Juniper’s tiny brood turned six weeks, (or, er, seven weeks)… Read More
Something to Celebrate
It’s been a big week around here. A *really* big week. Big enough to justify taking an entire weekday afternoon off just to celebrate. Specifically two of our kiddos – and the miracle of God weaving them into our family through adoption. So, at the request of one of the two being celebrated, we closed the schoolbooks early, packed the… Read More
spring, band-aids and hatching eggs, oh my!
At last, spring has arrived. It’s been a crazy winter-into-spring transition, with afternoons in February warm enough to cause leaves to pop, and yet enough freezing-at-night temperatures to keep us waiting to transplant our seedlings into the garden until yesterday. The kids have already gone through several boxes of bandaids and a tube of Neosporin with all the bicycling they’ve… Read More
The very first celebration we had in this house was for this girl. She was turning three. Now she’s eight. In anticipation of her big day, she’d carefully crafted a birthday list: 1. Tamogachi 2. pink sandals 3. kinetic sand 4. Wonder 5. a backpack 6. watercolors And the menu: Mom’s chicken chili homemade bread Coca-Cola (on repeat) And for… Read More
Being a mama is hard for a million and one reasons. And one of the biggest – for me at least – is when your kids go and get all big and grown up… and live hundreds of miles away. And are only are able to come visit a few times a year. Which makes the best part of my… Read More
It was good. It was crazy. And, in many ways, it was crazy good. We missed Zach so much, who wasn’t able to be here until after the New Year. (insert sad mama face here… I might have shed a few tears.) But, for the first time, we had Victoria’s boyfriend Jon join us on Christmas morning. And his presence… Read More
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