I've been thinking a lot lately about Vivienne's budding faith -- probably because of the steady stream of questions she's throwing at us... Little things, casually peppered into breakfast conversation or a walk to the park. Why can't I see God? When will God make me into a grown-up? How will God take care of … Continue reading The Eucharist
'Tis the season for voluminous CSA kale bouquets! Out of curiosity, I just did a Google search for "kale," aaaaand: 113,000,000 results. So, I'm not going to write anything revolutionary here. In fact, I hesitate to write anything at all, because: ugh, really? We're going to talk about kale some more? But the thing is … Continue reading 3 Actually Good Things To Do With Kale
When I was pregnant with Vivienne, a seasoned mother passed along the most helpful pearl of parenting wisdom: everything is a phase. The hard moments will pass... and so will the delightful ones. It's okay to pause and bask in the joy a little bit. It fills you up, sustains you through the the harder … Continue reading Weekdays at the Beach
The very hour of Hugh's birth, Vivienne rushed into the hospital room, gazed at him with four-year-old wonder, and squealed, "When will he be baptized?!" Not what I expected! And, she didn't give it up... She nagged me to call our priest and schedule a date. "Maybe Tuesday would be good," she'd suggest. She showed … Continue reading The Joy & Wonder
Writing about motherhood often feels like a futile exercise. How on earth does one capture and organize the three dimensional whirlwind of active bodies, the deep emotional valleys, the adventures, the quiet, private moments? I have always loved the economy of poetry -- the freedom to omit context or narrative and zero in on one … Continue reading Poems & Motherhood
I’ve always put canning in this category of “things really meticulous people who have time on their hands do.” Something that used to be done out of necessity, that is now essentially a foodie hobby. So, when Ryan decided we should try canning, I had reasonable questions, like, “Why?” And, “Do we really have time for … Continue reading Small Batch Canning
After a busy June, we suddenly realized the Matisse exhibit at the MFA Boston was closing in a matter of days! Now, we are not terribly spontaneous people, so it should give you a good indication of our true and undying love for Matisse that we dropped everything, packed up the kids and some sandwiches, … Continue reading An Impromptu Evening with Matisse
Have you ever read The House in the Night, by Susan Marie Swanson? It’s a particularly wonderful children’s book that always lingers in my mind well past bedtime story hour...