Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Monday, May 13, 2013
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Maddi: "Mom, I want fruit for breakfast."
Me: "ok.... which fruit? We have bananas, cantaloupe, watermelon, strawberries, blueberries, grapes..."
Maddi: "GRAPES! No, wait. Well, yes. Well...."
Me: mildly intrigued by her argument with herself "Maddi, do you want grapes or not?"
Maddi: "I love their taste, but not their smell. They smell like pennies, but they taste sooooo gooooood"
This girl smells EVERYTHING. She smells the boxes when Grandma & Grandpa send packages because she says they smell like Grandma's house, she smells everything before she eats it, she sniffs people and toys, soaps and shoes, and the other day I even caught her smelling the phone charger before she handed it to me. She is so weird, but it's moments like these that I feel so blessed to be her mother. It is such a gift to spend every moment with her... to teach her, to cheer her on, and to giggle at her oddities. It's little moments like these that I love being a mother.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
We've worked really hard in school this year. Drew has conquered fractions and found a few novels that he actually enjoys reading (gasp!), and Maddi has been reading and spelling small words since we started her schooling in January, but this week she read a whole book all by herself. Here is a link to the video I posted on facebook.
Maddi's first book
Homeschool has been a huge success this year. There was minimal stress and whining, we learned everything I had planned and even added a few extra activities, and we really enjoyed the time we got to spend together. It only took us a few years to work the kinks out, and now even at the end of the year, I can say I'm looking forward to another year of learning and exploring with my kids. :)
Friday, May 10, 2013
Today Sean and I are celebrating 11 years of marriage. He is my friend, my lover, and my confidant. He provides safety, encouragement, and strength while teaching me how to laugh and live in the moment. I loved Sean before I even met him. I yearned for his comfort and peace before I knew him. I prayed for him before I even knew his name, so when I finally met him, I felt like I'd already lived a thousand lives with him. Together we've created the family I always dreamed of.... where laughter heals, kisses are cherished, and there's never enough time together. Because of him, I've learned to love myself, and with that peace, my love for him has become deeper than I ever imagined it could. Our journey together has been bumpy, adventurous, joyful, and even a little scary at times, but I know anything and everything is possible with my friend at my side.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
We have had an amazing week.The weather has been icky, but grandma and grandpa came to visit, so I didn't mind lots of cozy time inside together. We watched movies, had a few cook outs, and celebrated a special birthday. As usual I get wrapped up in the moment and forget to get out the camera, so all I have is a borrowed picture of the birthday boy, but we had tons of fun even though there isn't any photographic evidence. :) I feel so blessed to have married into such an amazing, loving family. I cherish grandpa's kind words, his concern for each of us, and chatting about our favorite books and the latest things we've seen on antique roadshow. I love grocery shopping with grandma, listening to her wisdom in marriage, her stories of growing up on the farm, and having a friend to help with dish duty. I love these moments; I love that I have an example in marriage to look toward, and I feel so blessed to know their love in return. And as always, when they leave, I'll start counting the days til I get to see them again.