School’s Out for Summer! – or – Ode to Pretzel Crack

It all started innocently enough. I’m big on thanking people who rock their jobs, so when it comes to the teachers and specialists my son interacts with at school, there was no question: they needed a little something to start their summers off on the right foot.   After collecting some summer sipping cups that had…

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…

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…