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…

Homecoming

Even though the time away was filled with plenty to make us forget about home, there’s nothing sweeter than returning to it.

Flower girls all grown up

I’d need all of my fingers and half my toes to count the years since our wedding day. Yet it still catches me by surprise that our flower girl is all grown up and getting ready to celebrate her own wedding. Watching her start her married journey will be poignant, no doubt, but also a…

Rare evenings

It felt perfectly natural to be outside tonight. No need for bug spray. No need for extra layers of clothing. No excessive heat or humidity. Just a nice night to watch kids play, water the flowers, and pause to watch the few clouds in the sky dance with the wind. (Anyone who was around here…

Attics

Never ceases to amaze me how much stuff we can put up there and the attic still doesn’t look full. Thank goodness.

Handy Husbands

Once upon a time, a guest at our home spotted something and asked my husband how we came up with such a crafty idea. His response: “my wife gets an idea in her head, and tells me that she wants to do it, but needs my help. I just grunt and do what she tells…

Sweat

The kind of perspiration that can only be felt when hard work is performed in higher humidity levels. The sweat you feel trickling down your back in such a way that you think there must be a bug that got under your shirt and you momentarily freak out. Only to realize it’s not a plethora…

Next Chapter

Some things were built to last long beyond its first owner. They wear their age like the cover of an interesting book, with a wealth of stories waiting to be discovered. Today, as we loaded the cars with the parts of one of those “built to last” things and brought it home, the weight of…

Exhales

In the darkened room, the air still heavy with sleep, tiny arms reach up. More often than not, her eyes are still shut. Something woke her — sometimes her pacifier ran off and hid in a corner of the crib overnight; or her diaper is quite full while her tummy is empty; or she just…