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Invite and Encourage

Tea station - designed to make you feel like you're in a cafe, but also that you can help yourself if you like. I'm still looking for a cute tea timer that works (why does it seem like all the cute ticky ones are broken, at the store?)

We got to host an out-of-town friend, her husband, and their two littles overnight - it was great fun for us, and I hope for them! It's great having a door between the living room and the bedrooms, since it creates a little more privacy for someone sleeping on the fold-out couch.

I've been enjoying this round of #fmfpartysnailmail - putting together lists, sending letters, stalking the mailbox for letters in return (if you missed out on this round of "encouragement in your mailbox," email fmfpartysnailmail@gmail.com and I'll put you on the list to notify of future rounds). I love that there are so many different postage stamps!

We made bubble prints one day last week (a squirt of dish soap, a splash of water, and a squirt of f…

52 Lists Project: the wildest things you want to try

For me, the best place for a fresh start or to begin a new project is on my birthday - the beginning of my year. So the year I was 21, I did a photo a day project (that ended up including an internship in Cleveland, meeting/dating my now-husband Adam, and going to New York to work for Vogue Knitting - so I'm retrospectively glad that I committed to documenting that particular year!), and the year I was 24, I knitted the sky (one row on a scarf each day in the color of the sky). So for 27, I'm doing lists. I'm going to roughly follow along with the book The 52 Lists Project.

A list of the wildest things I want to try

Let me just preface this by saying I'm not a particularly "wild" person, so try to view this list through that lens...
1. Live/travel the country in an Airstream  2. Be the editor-in-chief of a magazine 3. Visit a foreign country (England would be cool...)
4. Fly an airplane 5. Write a book, and get it published
6. Learn a few songs well enough on …

Rest...

It's been a busy while. There's been a lot of good busy - moving into a new house, Adam having a week off, a quick trip to Dallas, Brooklyn's birthday party, hosting a friend and her family overnight - and there's been draining busy - Adam being gone for three weeks, early mornings because of various appointments, a day at the ER with Brooklyn because of a swallowed coin, Ant Wars, plumbing problems - but it all finally caught up to me a few days ago.
I recognized the symptoms from having seen them before: lack of motivation, weirdly vivid dreams, struggling to hang onto a thought, and a vague sore throat. Time for some rest.
So this morning we walked to the library and I let someone else read to my Littles for half an hour (they did pretty good for their first story time), and got a book for myself. This afternoon I made a pot of tea and sat down with it and my book under a cozy quilt (more for psychological comfort than physical warmth's sake) and read the entir…

Reading and Writing

I've developed an aversion to "naked" envelopes - I like to give a preview of (what I hope is) the delight awaiting inside
We went to story time at the library for the first time this week. Brooklyn did better than I expected, although she was a little more chummy than convention dictates.
I love projects. It's been all I could do to keep from starting this when I got it a month ago, but I knew it would be worth waiting on.
Tobin has recently begun to be more interested in books. He'll bring one to me, "book," then sit down and pat the floor, "sit," and wait anxiously for me to read aloud.
Even with the weather getting hotter, I still have a psychological need to pair writing with a cup of tea.
Gifts... 2779. Tobin waking me at 4:30 - giving me plenty of time to eat breakfast and have a quiet time before 2780. the weekday prayer group at church 2781. Walking to the library all-four-together, and Brooklyn choosing a book as her prize 2782. Roadtripping …

52 Lists Project: things that make you feel healthy {mind, body, and soul}

For me, the best place for a fresh start or to begin a new project is on my birthday - the beginning of my year. So the year I was 21, I did a photo a day project (that ended up including an internship in Cleveland, meeting/dating my now-husband Adam, and going to New York to work for Vogue Knitting - so I'm retrospectively glad that I committed to documenting that particular year!), and the year I was 24, I knitted the sky (one row on a scarf each day in the color of the sky). So for 27, I'm doing lists. I'm going to roughly follow along with the book The 52 Lists Project, and this week's list is the perfect place to start...
A list of things that make me feel healthy - mind, body, and soul:

1. Knitting - everything about knitting 2. Going for a walk outside (the sights and the sounds and the smells and way my thoughts fall into a quiet rhythm with my steps...)
3. Prayer
4. When I actually have a quiet time every day for several days in a row

5. Adventures (we chose to…

Three is a Magic Number

Brooklyn turned three on Sunday. We had her party the day before, and it was great fun seeing her actually engage and enjoy it - I remember my third birthday, and I think she'll remember hers. She got to choose her cupcake frosting color, and succeeded in blowing out her (adorable beeswax) candles in two puffs.
The three sets of grandparents and two sets of great-grandparents also got to interact with her more this year - she was excited about opening presents, and spent less time edging her way around the room than she has in the past, even at Tobin's birthday in December.

She is such a little person - having conversations and moving about through her day. She likes to help with dinner, bringing her little stool into the kitchen and pouring a cupful of noodles into the water when it boils, then putting the cup away. 
She was so excited about a couple of Hello Kitty things she got for her birthday that I dug out a plastic mug shaped like Hello Kitty's head that I had and …

Want...

Obi Wan Tenobin, trying to use the Force on Daddy's queso
A friend and I are going through Priscilla Shirer's book The Resolution for Women (inspired by the movie Courageous) this summer, and our chapter last week was on contentment. When we sat down to discuss it, I realized that I often present the illusion of contentment, with apathy.

While contentment is a state of joyful gratitude for whatever you've been given, I tend more toward an attitude of "it's too much trouble to change it and complaining won't fix it, so it's fine, I guess." I think it stems from the same defense mechanism that keeps me from anticipating things - a desire to avoid being hurt or disappointed.

But when I refuse to get excited about God's promises (because He is faithful and He will keep them), and when I grudgingly trudge along under rainbows or storm clouds, I'm missing out on a lot of the joy that anticipation can bring, especially when it's placed in One who…

Slice of Life

Spring is moving along into Summer, and our house is moving along into a home. After it stopped raining last week, the temperature shot up, so our outings have been happening in the early part of the morning and our afternoons have involved lots of popsicles.
We did join the library's summer reading program. I always loved those growing up - not that I needed any kind of incentive to read, but it was fun to be recognized for the reading that I did normally. And once I aged out, I started volunteering at the summer events. I love the library - free access to books and movies and audiobooks, and awesome programs (because where else could you marble paper and make your own magnetic poetry set?)


Last week I won tickets to the Vintage Market Days vintage/craft fair at the state fair grounds, so we-three packed up and went on an adventure. It was very well organized, and although most of it was not my style, I did find a few things for our home (and succumb to some sugar-roasted pecans…

Haven...

With Adam out of town for most of the past three weeks, I've been doing a lot of tweaking and box-toting and furniture-moving and art-hanging by myself. In some ways it's been a challenge - emptying boxes where they are because they're too heavy and wobbly for me to lift alone, perching on a stool with a mouthful of nails and holding a level in one hand and one corner of a piece of art in the other, fitting furniture into my tiny car...
But there are definitely aspects that I've enjoyed - spending the day looking at the space and pondering my attack for after the Littles are in bed, getting a wild hair and moving furniture at midnight without worrying about waking anyone up, leaving a project overnight in the "catastrophe" stage to finish the next day...
I don't generally care what others think about me or my projects (that is not to say that I don't value his input and respect his opinions - simply that I'm not paralyzed until I can ask permissi…

The Sound of Silence

The thing I find most draining about solo kid duty is the being "all on" all the time. Whether they're awake or asleep, and whether I'm awake or asleep, I always have one eye and one ear assigned to ensuring that everyone is taken care of and not in imminent danger.
My introversion counts down until naptime, when I can eat my lunch in peace and maybe engage in a refreshing ritual like knitting or having tea. But a few days ago, neither of slept - they both "practiced peace," instead, which sounded like two small voices loudly recounting the day so far, in two separate rooms. In a moment of inspired desperation, I put Simon and Garfunkel's song The Sound of Silence on repeat, and was surprised by the peace it brought.

I love my Littles. I love going on errands and adventures with them - I love snuggles and walks and talks and reading aloud and sipping imaginary tea, carried so carefully to prevent imaginary spills - I love seeing Brooklyn's face lig…