Let It Snow…Finally

The snow is falling…finally!  It’s been such a mild winter, that I’ve had to remind myself almost daily that spring is not just around the corner.  Today, it’s not hard to remember it is February, and isn’t the snow beautiful? IMG_2092 What better way to spend a snowy February morning than baking zucchini bread (I froze a little shredded zucchini from the summer garden back in August for just such an occasion) and making Valentines with my son for his preschool class?  The idea for the Valentines came from a Seventh Generation blog post, and the zucchini bread recipe comes from my old trusty Better Homes and Gardens cook book (handed down from my grandma) but I linked to some similar recipes in a previous post. IMG_2097 IMG_2098 How are you spending these February days?

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Hello Again!

I’m back…after almost a year’s absence, and now expecting our third child this summer. I’m not sure why I felt a sudden need to return to writing. I suspect that there is something about new babies that stirs a need for community and communication in me. I know that the cold and ice and snow stir a longing for friendship that only those with dear friends in far away places understand. So here I stand…lonely, blessed, heaving with morning sickness, and filled with anticipation, potential, and the unknown.

Blessings…

A moment to acknowledge the small things that make life joyful.

  • A perfect birthday celebration on a 65 degree day! (Doughnuts, a nap, a long walk, hamburgers and milkshakes for dinner.)
  • An evening of shopping, while my parents had the kids.
  • 2 kids who love to snuggle.
  • Buds on my magnolia tree!

What are the small things in your life?

My Week in Review…

This week began with my daughter recovering from a strep infection, and is ending with me fighting a cold and sore throat.  I am watching for signs of strep, but so far so good.  I have to love weeks with such neatly messy book ends.  Despite all of the illness, we had a couple of days clear and healthy midweek allowing for some real work to get done.

  • I switched the kids rooms (involving moving furniture up and down stairs) all by myself.  I am very proud!
  • I made my best batch of vegetable soup yet!  (Thank you to the blogging world for inspiring soup day.)
  • My kids watched Frozen almost everyday while either I or they were sick.  This went against my better judgment, but my son still says that these were “really lucky days” for him 🙂
  • Being sick relieved me of grocery shopping duties this week.  This makes me “really lucky,” I feel.

Happy Friday to you all.  I hope the weekend brings health and warm temperatures to us all!

My Reading…

Here’s a peek at what I’ve been reading…

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I’ve been considering ordering Seven Times the Sun by Shea Darian for several months now.  I looked at my local libraries and it was not available, so I waited and considered if I really wanted to buy this book.  I decided if I was still thinking about it after months of sitting in my Amazon shopping cart, I should just hold my breath and click complete order on Amazon.  I’m glad I did.  It’s a nice reference to turn to in moments of transition and stress.  It brings me back to thinking about moments in my day and what makes some smooth and some jagged and stressful.  It reminds me to plan transitions and rhythms for everyone’s peace and sanity.

Last month I finally got around to watching my DVRed American Masters: J.D. Salinger on PBS.  It captivated me and really inspired me to pull out my old 6th edition of The Catcher in the Rye (received as a gift in the days after high school when I first fell in love with the book).  It is a fun read after so many years.  It is reminding me of how I felt as a teenager and renewing my empathy and faith that despite our many differences and varied experiences in life, there is a thread of human experience that is woven through us all.  We’re all connected.

I just picked up The Smartest Kids in the World by Amanda Ripley from the library the other day.  I had been waiting for it to come in for a month or so.  I opened it up Tuesday night and devoured it in 1 day!  I haven’t read a book that fast in a long time.  While I didn’t agree with all of the points the author made (namely her fixation with rigor) I found the descriptions of education in other countries fascinating.  The book follows 3 exchange students from America living and studying in 3 high-achieving countries (based on scores from an international critical thinking test, PISA): Finland, South Korea, and Poland.  I’m a nerd when it comes to ethnographic studies like this, and I’m always absurdly interested in education.

Happy reading to you all!  I hope spring finds us all reading in the open air soon…