Kindness starts

Every now and then I’m struck by the immense power of kindness. It doesn’t cost a thing to be kind. And the benefits of kindness are far reaching and do more good than charging after the unattainable. Just as it’s important to remember to be kind to others, it’s also easy to lose sight of…

Mama Wren

There was no sweeter sight than when we were outside this morning, enjoying a little fresh air before going off to daycare and work, and the kiddos caught sight of a mother wren flying to the little wren house hanging off the porch.  We talked about the babies inside the house who wanted their breakfast;…

Tiny steps of progress

One of the hardest parenting lessons for me — hands down — is slowing down and being okay with not charging ahead at the breakneck pace I’d really, really like to do. Progress is progress, though. And I’ll take any measure of it I can get. Especially when it’s taking way longer to complete than…

An uncluttered sofa.

The perfect place to settle in and enjoy a new book. Uninterrupted. (Sound like an ordinary evening to you? Try having kids who love to explore and have learned well how to share their discoveries.)  

One-on-one time

Having two kiddos gives me a new appreciation of time: how precious it is, and the neverending tug in many different directions to give everyone the quality of attention they deserve. Which is why I appreciate the opportunities for one-on-one time with our youngest. Given all the more gladly knowing the oldest is getting his…

Perfect weather

Not too hot, and not too humid…the perfect weather to be outside for everything we could — dinner, play, gardening, exploring — before bedtimes intervened. We could not have asked for a better start to our Summer. Something (especially in this part of the country) to feel grateful for.

Facets of a life

Today reminded me of how many facets there are to a life. Sometimes they all sparkle at once, lending a brilliance to your spirit. Sometimes one facet is dulled or needs a good cleaning. Not that it’s less important, or more trouble than it’s worth. They are all equally deserving of the time and attention…

Never give up…never apologize!

(okay, one apology to the script writers of Galaxy Quest for taking literary license with their words to make that title.) I’m grateful today that I never shuttered this. That I gave myself a vacation from the “shoulds” that some bloggers feel from time to time. I’m grateful that I’m not sorry about it, either….

Embracing summer

The warmth of the sun, heat radiating off your skin while ice cream melts and runs little rivulets down your arm. Babies napping in nothing but diapers. All more than worth it when the letter informing us about our son’s first grade teacher assignment arrived in the mail – and summer suddenly seemed even more…

Birthday wishes and simple dreams

Blowing out candles on a cake…fulfilling the “dream dinner” wish of a grilled cheese sandwich, potato chips, and onion dip…delighted smiles and barely-contained excitement. The knowing smirk whenever the phone rang that another grandparent was on the line, wanting to wish him a Happy Birthday. The living reminder of how to embrace and celebrate the…

My heart still beats.

It’s a day to remember how fragile, how vulnerable life is. How so many use laughter to mask deep, soul-searing pain. And how, despite the fiercest of battles, some will fall victim to those demons, surrendering to the pain because they don’t believe there’s any other way out. There is another way. There are so…