Friday, February 28, 2014


opening ceremonies
 So our preschool had their own version of the winter Olympics and it was precious.  From the opening ceremonies to the athletic villages, every detail was so creative and well thought out that of course, I had to document it. 

 The press was out in full force snapping pictures and interviewing the athletes.  This cute little athlete told me that the skating was his favorite event. 


figure skating
 The "skating" event simply involved taking your shoes off and running around and spinning to traditional Russian music.  

"Curling" involved chalk lines on concrete and a disc to slide down your lane at nothing in particular.  The kids loved it.

egg and spoon
 Ok, so not all of the events were authentic Olympic events, but the egg and spoon was still fun. 

snow ball hockey
 Of course there was hockey. 

Zamboni racing
 And of course (?), there was Zamboni racing with a "snowball" in tow.  Not pictured was the "luge" (think slide).  It was all great fun and the middle school kids did a great job helping out and running the stations.  

St. Mark's White House Winter Olympics 2014 wins gold.  Well done indeed. 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

La Maison Louisiane

La Maison Louisiane, located in Natchitoches, Louisiana, served as a blessing and a sanctuary for our recent getaway as part of Jack's birthday weekend.  There were so many things to love about this place: 

the history,

the front porch rocking, 

the details,

 the quiet (the BEAUTIFUL quiet),

the charm, 
 the light,

the short walk to downtown by the Cane River,

and, of course, the company (although you supply your own stellar spouse- this one's taken). 

So merci beaucoup, La Masion Louisiane.  It was a bonne nuit.

I highly recommend the visit! 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Jack extraordinaire

There are the ordinary moments and there are the extraordinary ones.  I'm sure my husband's mom and dad remember the extraordinary one in February of 1977 when their son Jack was born, a moment we're celebrating today.  I'm grateful for that moment for sure.  We've lived a handful of extraordinary moments together, too, he and I, but the ordinary moments in between are really what have made up our life together.

Like every morning, he grabs a cup of water before heading out to work and grins at me, demanding that I made him breakfast (he jokes, but I usually oblige) and then he tells each of us to have a great day and I get a brief scrape with his beard with my kiss and a hug before he heads out to work to support his family- us- day after ordinary day.   The highs of life have left us grateful and the lows of life have stretched and grown us but these ordinary moments are the bulk of our days and I've so enjoyed them. Jack's wit, his kindness, his grace, his creativity, and his intelligence are have been great gifts to me in the day in and day out and I'm grateful for the birthday mile marker of today, but really, I'm thankful for him every day in our every day-ness- this amazing man of God that greets me every morning.

So happy birthday, Jack!  Here's to our beautiful ordinary life- or maybe it's not so ordinary after all.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

stuck in the middle with you

So we were listening to the radio this morning and apparently it's Middle Child Awareness Day.  So be aware of middle children today.  I happen to think they're pretty stinkin' awesome!  (wink wink)

Monday, February 17, 2014

Watercolor Ash

My friend Emilie at Pad + Party introduced me to the Waterlogue app.  OOOooo fun....

Sunday, February 16, 2014

catalyzing love

It was a slimy, smokey, electrifying good time!

Happy birthday Zeke!

May your curiosities and your concrete-thinking mind lead you to the One who set this world spinning. May your sensitive heart love deeply as you are filled with the Spirit of God and may you lead others to this deep well of love and strength you find in Jesus.  May you be a catalyst for the Gospel in a world that needs it so desperately.   Amen and amen.

Friday, February 14, 2014

not Time's fool

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
   Admit impediments.  Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
   Or bends with the remover to remove: -- 
O no!  it is an ever-fixed mark
   That looks on tempest, and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
   Whose worth's unknown, although his height be
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
   Within his bending sickle's compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
   But bears it out ev'n to the edge of doom: -- 
If this be error, and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
                    -William Shakespeare

I found that Shakespeare gem in this 70 year old treasure I have at my house.  My grandfather's name was George, but my grandmother's name for him was Tony.  I bet only she knows exactly why, but there it is, on my shelf, inscribed with romance "to his only treasured love."

So here's to love- not the kitchy Valentine's Day kind, but to the kind that endures.

our little love

Our little valentine, February 2008.  

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

a little weather, a lot of fun

We didn't get much weather, but it was enough for another day home from school and enough for fun with cardboard and big hills at our local high school.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

looking closely

I read it to the boys last night:

"So Piglet and Pooh stayed where they were and took a long look around.  At the little bog with its sleek, still, brown water.  At the silver-winged dragonflies shimmering across the surface.  At the dark green moss carpeting the banks.  'If you didn't look closely, you might think this was a dull and drab-ish sort of place,' said Pooh.  'Yes,' agreed Piglet, 'but only if you didn't look closely.'"  (Hutta)

It's been gray and very drab-ish these past weeks- very drab-ish indeed.

But only if you're not looking closely.