Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Swiss Family Robinson

 This is the other construction going on in our yard.

Parting Shots

 Gone a fishin'.

 Go Cougars!

A New Yard

 The patio we put in tore up our yard.
It was a massive mud pit.
I think I vacummed 87547535434 times a day.
Little feet track in a lot of mud.

But in one day, our yard went from brown, to lush, soft, silky green.
It wouldn't have happened without the help of so many friends.
I am truly overwhelmed with gratitude for our friends.
They have become our family.
They have made our life so rich and lovely.

I just think our yard is splendid.
And the flocks and lilac trees are at their prime.
Breathtaking and glorious!

I Felt So Loved

Instead of running Ragnar this year,
I got to sleep in my cloud of a bed and snuggle my baby.
But I really missed my weekend with my Ragnar girls!

But they tagged my car.
I was so surprised and felt so loved!

And it is still on.
People must think I am so pompous!

Sunday, May 3, 2015


 "If one feels the need of something grand, something infinite, something that makes one feel aware of God, one need not go far to find it. I think that I see something deeper, more infinite, more eternal than the ocean in the expression of the eyes of a little baby when it wakes in the morning and coos or laughs because it sees the sun shining on its cradle."
-Vincent van Gogh

Friday, April 10, 2015

Liquid Gold

 Two weekends ago,
we ate this breakfast,
smothered in maple syrup.

Which inspired us to go home and...

 ...tap two maple trees in our yard.
Which led to the collection of almost 40 gallons of sap over the next couple of days.

So on Saturday, we lit a fire at 10am,

 and fueled it until 7pm while we boiled down a mere 7 gallons of sap.

We brought what was left of the 7 gallons of sap inside.
And boiled it for another 1.5 hours.

 Which made the humidity in our house reach summer levels (69%).

But look at what we harvested!

A whole quart of home brewed maple syrup.

I used the think pure maple syrup was expensive.
But now I know better.
It is a steal!

And in case you were wondering, we are going to make some more next year.
We learned a lot this first go round.

Happy Birthday James

Dear James,

Happy Birthday!  My heart just melts when I see you!

You have the cutest little nose speckled with freckles.  Sometimes I just want to come up to you and rub my nose against yours.

Other times, I just want to squeeze you and hold you right next to me and feel your heart beating.  You have the most pure and good heart of anyone I have ever met.  You have no guile and you selflessly think of others first.  What an amazing gift and talent you share so freely. 

I am amazed by your brilliant mind.  You have such a sharp memory.  I've never met someone so able to memorize things so easily.  You love math.  You love music.  You love making people laugh and you hands down have the BEST giggle I've ever heard.

I love you James.  I want to watch you conquer and triumph in your world while always feeling the sunshine of life.  You help me feel the glorious sunshine.  I am so grateful I get to be your mom.