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October 12, 2012

Remember me?

I used to blog here.

And then I stopped.

And it was…


There were birthdays. And adventures. And moments and days and months.

Also tweets.

Maybe I’ll spend more time in this space again. Someday.

For now, I’ll just keep watching Parks and Recreation with my handsome hubby. And I’ll offer up pictures of three  cute kids that keep me busy.





Nurse’s Song
(from Songs of Innocence)
by William Blake, 1789

When voices of children are heard on the green,
And laughing is heard on the hill,
My heart is at rest within my breast,
And everything else is still.
‘Then come home, my children, the sun is gone down,
And the dews of night arise;
Come, come, leave off play, and let us away,
Till the morning appears in the skies.’

‘No, no, let us play, for it is yet day,
And we cannot go to sleep;
Besides, in the sky the little birds fly,
And the hills are all covered with sheep.’
‘Well, well, go and play till the light fades away,
And then go home to bed.’
The little ones leaped, and shouted, and laughed,
And all the hills echoed.


2012 Reading: Update

June 30, 2012

Update: June 2012

We’re halfway through 2012 (!!), so here’s an update on my must-read list. I’ve crossed off the ones I’ve read, and italicized those I’ve started or am currently reading.

I didn’t realize how many of these books I have read already, but there are so many others I haven’t gotten to yet. It’s been hard to get my hands on some, but hopefully I’ll come across copies soon.

Some of those titles (and many others not on this list) will show up on my “favorites” list at the end of the year; others will not.

As always, check out my Shelfari page to see what else has been on my nightstand in 2012. And if you’re a bookworm, please join me on Shelfari so I can add some of your books to my shelf. Happy reading!


Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches – Rachel Jankovic

Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus – Elyse M. Fitzpatrick

Grace-Based Parenting – Tim Kimmel

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk – Adele FaberElaine Mazlish

Playful Parenting– Lawrence J. Cohen

ScreamFree Parenting – Hal Edward Runkel

How to Really Parent Your Child: Anticipating What a Child Needs Instead of Reacting to What a Child Does – Ross Campbell

Jesus and The Church

Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families & Churches – Russell D. Moore

Fields of the Fatherless: Discover the Joy of Compassionate Living – Tom Davis

When Helping Hurts – Steve CorbettBrian Fikkert

Follow Me to Freedom: Leading and Following As an Ordinary Radical – Shane ClaiborneJohn Perkins

If the Church Were Christian: Rediscovering the Values of Jesus – Philip Gulley

The Ragamuffin Gospel – Brennan Manning

Christianity Beyond Belief: Following Jesus for the Sake of Others – Todd D. Hunter

A Faith of Our Own: Following Jesus Beyond the Culture Wars – Jonathan Merritt


Disease-Proof Your Child: Feeding Kids Right – Joel Fuhrman


Firstlight: The Early Inspirational Writings of Sue Monk Kidd – Sue Monk Kidd

One Thousand Gifts – Ann Voskamp

The Wounded Healer –  Henri J. M. Nouwen

Creation Care

Tending to Eden: Environmental Stewardship for God’s People – Scott C. Sabin


To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

Pineapple-Banana Creamy Ice

June 22, 2012

Pineapple-Banana Creamy Ice
Makes 2-3 small servings

  • 1 c fresh pineapple chunks (chilled), frozen chunks would also work
  • 1 banana, frozen would also work
  • 1-2 cups ice

For sorbet-like texture: blend until thick and creamy.

For sippy-slurpy texture: blend a little longer and drink it up with a straw (and maybe a cute little umbrella).

Might try freezing these next time for popsicles!


This post is linked up with SortaCrunchy’s 39th installment of “Your Green Resource.”

missing this, only a little

June 19, 2012

I’m missing this blog. 


But there’s an almost-two-year-old boy and an almost-four-year-old girl who want me to paint with them now. 

So that’s what I’m going to do. 

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old;
we grow old because we stop playing.”

-George Bernard Shaw

Celebrate with me!

June 12, 2012

Dear friends,

Both of our children slept through the night.

On the same night.

All night.

And they went to bed at 7:30 p.m.

And they got up after we got up at 6:00 a.m.

I’m still in shock over the whole thing.

I mean. ALL. NIGHT.


Happy Mama

for gg and pop pop

May 24, 2012

“A three-year-old child is a being who gets almost as much fun out of a fifty-six dollar set of swings
as it does out of finding a small green worm.”

– Bill Vaughan

“The fundamental job of a toddler is to rule the universe.”
-Lawrence Kutner

Thanks, Mom and Dad, for teaching me to have a sense of humor about parenting.
It has really come in handy.
“When my kids become wild and unruly, I use a nice safe playpen.
When they’re finished, I climb out.”

– Erma Bombeck


May 18, 2012

Wonder is involuntary praise.
-Edward Young