Sunday, November 22, 2015

adventure and magic

a golden hour hike
in the backyard.
a perfect mix of 
adventure and magic.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

soccer bits

a few bits from e&b's 
time on the pitch playing for medway soccer this fall.
it's been a good season to be a soccer parent, coach and all over fan of this great game.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

getting lost, wrecked and strengthened

i had some fun getting lost in the streets of Brussels today…
shopping, tasting, cafĂ© hopping, exploring.  
while trying to find my way back to the hotel to meet-up with colleagues,
 i took a turn down a charming little side street
and found myself in a courtyard with nothing but this sculpture. 
just me, her, the Lord and an overwhelming sense of
gratitude and perspective for why i'm even here and what we are trying to do.  
that this thing is not easy and there are many days/moments
when all we can do is drop to our knees in prayer or curl up and weep.  
a beautiful reminder that this is the very essence of thriving…
living and loving so deeply that it can wreck us and strengthen us at the same time.  

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

thankful tuesday, 11/3

thankful tuesday ... turning the last page and finishing both e & b's read-a-loud books this week. finding this cherished 1:1 time together.  time that in the midst of school, homework, toddler woes, practices, dinner, dishes and long days that end in a blur, is sometimes really hard to prioritize.  that when we do there is magic. whether it be 5 pages or 5 chapters our tanks are filled. that when the last page comes, the bookshelves beckon.  and we are thankful for that.

p.s. janie's stacks of board books count too!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

happy halloween

this year's halloween brought us to hogwarts,
with hermoine, hedwig and harry.

it also brought us back to world war 2,
with rosie the riveter and soldier headed off to war.
rosie's "we can do it" 
has a special place in my heart.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

pumpkins, scarecrows and chili cook-off

some happy bits from our 3rd annual
pumpkin & scarecrow day with new this year, chili cook-off.
oh my goodness did we have some crazy fun
with just over 200 sweet friends who came to spend a 
beautiful fall afternoon at our little backyard farm!
we sure do love this wonderful community
that we get to do this life with.