27 Apr

Five things I like about me

1. I’m a good mother
2. I sew cool kid clothes
3. I like my body (so does my husband…)
4. I have an active mind
5. I’m fairly upbeat and happy

27 Apr

Egg Dyeing

I know this is way after Easter but I just uploaded a bunch of pictures. This year, we went crazy dyeing eggs. As our chickens produce brown eggs (except Monarch!), we bought a packet of white eggs. What was I thinking?! I only bought a dozen and that’s not nearly enough for 3 excited children to play with. So, in desperation, we dyed our brown eggs too. And you know what? They turned out magnificent! The colors were deeper and oh-so-beautiful. I especially like how the speckled eggs turned out. So pretty. You can tell just by looking at the picture which ones they are.

18 Apr

A tiny baby

Last night a little baby joined our family for a few days. He’s our first foster child. His name is Javy and he’s three months old but, perhaps, the tiniest baby I’ve ever held. He was extremely premature and sick for a long time so he’s working hard to catch up. He’s with us only temporarily for respite care while his primary foster mom is out of town. The reasons why he’s in care are many and who knows what his future will hold. Maybe he’ll wind up with his birth mother….or maybe he’ll be placed into an adoptive home. I carry him around in my sling and coo gently to him. I smile into his wide open eyes as he stares at me and grips my finger as I feed him his bottle. I kiss his silky head, hoping to fill him with enough love to carry forward wherever he may go.

16 Apr

Art Sunday

Our local art museum has a free family program every Sunday. This program ties into the museum’s collection — usually there is a tour of a particular gallery and a project to go with it. This week, the focus was on landscapes. The project was to draw our own landscapes and they provided the chalk pastels and paper. We had a fine time of it — and then wandered around the museum a bit — especially Oli’s favorite part — the medieval armor. Here are our new masterpieces (sans one by Oli who had fallen asleep in the car and was not in a drawing mood).

15 Apr

In Celebration….

Of Monarch’s first egg. Monarch is our little bantam chicken — we’ve had her for over a year and finally she has laid her first egg. We’d given up on her ever laying….in fact we had thought she was a rooster until yesterday…..John went and gathered eggs and there was this oh-so-cute little white egg. Turns out Monarch is a hen. After further research we’ve classified her as a Sebright Bantam. So…..I made myself a new clothespin apron (with little white eggs on it) to celebrate.


15 Apr

Trash-picked Treasures

My husband is a trash-picker extraordinaire. He knows which days are trash days in our surrounding neighborhoods and conveniently walks the dog through those neighborhoods on the night before their pick ups. While many of his “finds” don’t find a permanent spot in our home, a good many have moved in with us. dsc08426.jpgdsc08426.jpg

15 Apr

Still trying…..

I’m still trying to get the hang of wordpress. I find publishing posts baffling and can not figure out how to upload pictures. Here’s another try.

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