Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Stars of Our Love Story

 Valentine's Day 2015

Once upon a time, there was just the two of us. We were young and didn't waste time deciding we were in it for the long haul.

We were typical.


                                                         We thought we were unique.

We were going to write important things, do important things, see important things.


We were going to go here and go there. Ordinary couldn't touch us.

Our favorite pronouns were "I" and "Me" and we used them liberally when we talked about our dreams.

And then along she came, and she changed us.

And along they came, and they changed us.

And then he arrived. And he changed us.

And a life well lived was slowly redefined, like water rushing relentlessly over a jagged stone until it is finally smooth.


"Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends."
John 15:13

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Inside, Looking Out



                                        Here are a few facts for your early Sunday morning:
1) The first week of February, 2015 is already over and I haven't blogged once since telling the tale of a batch of peanut butter blossoms back in the middle of December.
2) There is more than a foot of snow on our deck and the ground has been white since sometime in the middle of December.
3) Greg hit the two year mark in his employment here in Rochester. Hard to believe. In certain respects it feels as if the time has flown. In many others, it feels as if our family is still sitting at square one here, waiting for some semblance of our old life to begin.
4) Spring is exactly forty days away, and with it, the promise of new beginnings. I sit inside, looking out on the quiet world, with a hopeful, expectant heart.

"Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder."
Romans 12:12, The Message

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Day 11: Peanut Butter Blossoms


For some reason this is the only picture I took... It was most likely because I was busy policing my little blond helper, who kept trying to lick the Reese's Cups when I wasn't looking. Chloe loves to bake, and at the beginning of December I told her she could pick out her favorite cookie recipes and we would hatch a plan to make them all. This was the second recipe we baked together, but the first ones (shortbread cookies with chocolate centers) disappeared too quickly to photograph. These peanut butter blossoms are Chloe's favorite - easy and delicious! Side note: we left them to cool on a wire rack, and when we returned to the kitchen to put them away, the blond bandit had eaten the tops off of every.single.cookie.

It's a good thing he's cute.

Day 10: Gingerbread Houses & Sweet Friends


This year we gathered with a few (which in homeschool speak means about twenty) of our friends to make gingerbread houses. More candy ended my in my kids' mouths than on the houses, which is pretty much par for the course. I arrived declaring to all who would listen that we were going to leave no later than 1:00 because I had to get Charlie home for his nap, and we were having so much great fun and conversation that we ended up staying until 4:00. I love it when a good plan falls apart.




Monday, December 15, 2014

Day 9: Co-Op Christmas Party

            24 Days of Joy!

We are part of the best co-op. If you homeschool and have not yet discovered Classical Conversations, plug it into Google and give it some thought. We are halfway through our fourth year, and it has absolutely transformed our homeschooling journey. We celebrated our last day of 2014 with a Polar Express memory review game, crafts and games in the gym, and a big potluck lunch. These are some of my favorite people in the state of New York. I am so grateful for this community of friends.




Day 8: Salt Dough Ornaments

              24 Days of Joy!


 We are looking forward to blessing some special people with homemade gifts this year!



Sunday, December 14, 2014

Day 7: Smith Christmas Playlist

24 Days of Joy!
There's lots of things I love about Greg. He's hilarious and smart and an out-of-the-box thinker. He's calm in emergencies and patient when the kids are flipping out. He works harder than anyone I've ever known. He's constantly putting the five other people in our family before himself. Also? He keeps our house filled with music. Greg, who can't sing his way out of a paper bag or play an instrument, is a great lover of music. It is always, always playing if he is in the house. He usually still has his coat on as the sweet harmony of the Avett Brothers begins to fill our kitchen. He puts together a rockin playlist every year and we listen to it every day. Here are a few of our 2014 faves:

1) Old Toy Trains by Jessica Lea Mayfield
2) Away in a Manger by the Avett Brothers
3) Xmas Eve by the Damnwells
4) Auld Lang Syne by the Barenaked Ladies
5) Oh Holy Night by Tracy Chapman
6) I Saw Three Ships by Sting
7) Christmas by John Popper
8) Baby It's Cold Outside by Al Hirt & Ann Margaret
9) I'll Be Home for Christmas by Dave McKenna
10) Joy to the World by John Fahey