Adventures & Baseball

I’m convinced that an Adventurer lives down deep within me.  The pattern of my life has proven it so. I’ve sprinted through the Washington Dulles airport alone to catch a flight to Luxembourg, my home during the spring semester of my junior year at Miami.  I’ve summited two fourteeners in the Rockies and hiked over … Continue reading

The Old Ladies at Wendy’s

Zeke and I went out to lunch on Friday.  It was a rainy day, so after our library trip and before Kroger, we hit Wendy’s.   Every so often I get a glimpse of the day {soon} when all three boys are in school all. day. long.  I’ll be librarying and eating all by myself. … Continue reading

When You Don’t Feel Like It

Some people are disciplined.  They wake up at 5:30 a.m. to exercise.   They write blog posts twice weekly, and they plan their grocery lists just so, so that Thursday afternoon rolls around and they don’t have a moment of “oh crap, I’m out of diced tomatoes.”  Or, they’ve recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary … Continue reading

A Secret

Yesterday was a rough day for Cole and me.  I shouldn’t be surprised, really, because kids are kids and they screw up and need grace just like me.  But after the zillionth time of working through a situation with Cole over broken legos, not sharing, biting and critical words toward his brothers, and those little … Continue reading

I Am What I Write Down

I went to college at Miami University in Ohio, and I was a zoology major.  {Just give that a minute to settle in.}   I loved Miami, not sure why I chose zoology.   Maybe it’s because I liked my high school science classes?  Maybe it’s because I aspired to go on to earn a … Continue reading

It’s Good to be 3

Yesterday, I jumped into Zeke’s three-year-old-ness.  We donned our snow clothes, and together we tromped outside.  Thankfully this winter has come with plenty o’ sunshine!  Makes it easier to don and tromp. First, we rode sleds down our backyard hill.  Then, we did it again and sometimes we walked up the hill with “snow face”. … Continue reading

Why We Gather

On my birthday, I sat with a tableful of family.  We ate amazing food, drank red wine from 1979.   My wine expert dad had unearthed three dusty bottles from the cellar in anticipation of this day.   At one point during the third bottle of wine, the laughing, and the cake part of the … Continue reading

Highs & Lows

What I have for today is a list.  Highs and lows swirling around, needing a place to land. For the highs… Mike’s and Zoe’s wedding!  Beautiful, perfect, sunny and chilly Florida beach weather.  I made a little list of all the things I was grateful for just from that weekend alone.  It’s filed away for … Continue reading

A Snowy Birthday

Once upon a snowy weekend in Indiana, Max turned 6!   Saturday was the calm before the crazy weather, and we had a great day celebrating Max.  The day started with pancakes, ice cream, and sprinkles, which has fast become a birthday tradition around here.   Then, Max’s buddies from kindergarten came over to play … Continue reading

A New Year’s Gift

We loved it last year, so we did it again this year.  A hike in the woods on New Year’s Day! Fresh air for a fresh year.  The boys scaled fallen trees and were smitten with mud and leaves and speeding down steep hills.  We brought the birds a gift again too.   An easier-to-find meal. … Continue reading