Sunday, September 11, 2016

Kitchen Visitor

Boy, was I surprised to see this little guy on my kitchen floor in the morning while no one else was at home!  After contemplating whether or not he is poisonous, I decided against picking him up with my bare hand, and opted for a pair of kitchen tongs.  I picked him up with the tongs, walked in the backyard, and literally flung him into the woods.  I have no idea if he survived.  I still don't know if he's a copperhead or just a brown snake.  But I'd really prefer to not have snakes in my house regardless.

Camp Kanata Weekend

Berkley went to his second weekend away at Camp Kanata! I love that they host these mini-camps for kids (and parents) to get used to being away for camp!

Before the trip, I clearly labeled all the things.  Last time Berkley went to camp he lost several things, so I hoped these labels would help a little (spoiler alert:  they did!)
Waiting for the camp gates to open in the car line with my sweet boy!
We got to camp right when it opened, which afforded us some  time to explore a bit.  It is so special that we both share incredible memories from this place, and we have stories to tell each other as we explore the grounds.
Things have changed since I was a camper.  This ampitheatre is swanky compared to the logs I once sat on.  And the lake used to have diving boards and a raft out in the middle.  But so much of this precious place still seems the same.

In front of Berkley's cabin before I left him!
I love that camps can now take photos of campers while they're at camp.  I love getting a glimpse into his experience once the camp releases the pictures.

Berkley's awesome counselors.  The one on the right was also his counselor last year.
We came home with all of his stuff!  It was dirty and smelled terrible, but it came home!
Getting ready to leave after an awesome weekend.
One more walk around camp while my sweet boy told me all new stories from his weekend adventure.

And a final game of gaga ball before I made him get in the car!

And then, a week later, my brother in law went to a meeting at the camp, and relayed this message to us afterward...

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Making Change

I let my boys go alone to the bike shop for 20 minutes and my 7 year old starts looking like he is 17 just making change at his after school job!


Every couple of months I meet with my soul sister, Kirsten and we talk politics and Jesus and race and gender and it fills our tanks til the next time.  This morning, instead of doing it with a cup of tea in our hands, we grabbed a couple of paddles!

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Good Words

Truth from Arthur Rubinstein

Monday, September 05, 2016

Last Day at the Pool

Some final thoughts on a summer that was one for the books!

Saturday, September 03, 2016


So, I'm thinking it's now okay for me to get ride of every film negative and "double" of every photo I took from 1993-2003?

Friday, September 02, 2016

Family Double Date

We had a super-fun family double date with the Smiths.  We all love each other so much and have the best time together.  I'm thankful that Berkley & Gavin brought us together!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Simple Love

So thankful for a husband who knows just how to remind me of how much he loves me- just when I need it.