Monday, August 10, 2020

what if . . . rest?


 I was just feeling tired in the middle of the day and decided to just relax for a few minutes and take care of myself.  I am in no way an infectious disease expert but I found myself wondering if perhaps feeling tired just might possibly (I know people who have studied this far more than I have been saying things like this for a very long time, so I am speaking a bit tongue in cheek) . . . if feeling tired just might possibly be a signal that my body needs rest?  


It seems that viral load is a pretty big contributing factor to "catching" Covid-19.  What if feeling tired might mean that I was unknowingly exposed to some corona virus bugs and my body is working on fighting those off?  


Maybe not.  Maybe so.  


I think what I am working on remembering is that I am the one who most often puts expectations on myself.  What if I gave myself permission to listen to my body and rest when it feels tired?  


What are your thoughts on rest these days?  

I'd love to hear. 


Kelly

Thursday, July 2, 2020

at least 6 feet apart



I'd say that does it!  

😀

playing at the creek 6/29/20

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

and the results



I'd say it worked well enough.  ☺

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

experiement . . .




Does string cheese melt well?  

I have no idea.  

When food in the fridge isn't getting eaten as is it's time to get creative.  Waste not want not.  

I kind of like the striped pizza look.  We'll see what happens as it cooks.  :) 

What creativity have you exercised in the kitchen lately?

Kelly

Monday, June 29, 2020

9 things



nine things . . . 

1.  I had a wonderful birthday week last week celebrating with my family.

2.  Bike riding is one of my favorite things.

3.  Our living room floor is covered with lego train tracks, lego trains, instruction booklets and lots of spare pieces.  

4.  I like to listen to podcasts while driving around in my car. 

5.  I still think I can one day get my entire house organized all at once . . . for at least a few seconds.

6.  I miss going to thrift stores.  I thought garage sales would scratch the itch but it's not really.

7.  I am so excited to stay home all day tomorrow and it makes me happy that after all of these wonky months I still love days at home with my people.

8.  I am getting better at gardening.

9.  Summer is my favorite season.  


Wednesday, May 20, 2020

bike riding



We have always ridden bikes together as a family but it has actually mostly been as part of our "bike train" (tandem bicycle and a tandem trail behind) but during this season of staying at home due to the pandemic, we have begun riding individually many nights after dinner and often around this big empty parking lot.  We are having so much fun!  

What will be one of your favorite memories from this unique season?  

Kelly


Sunday, April 12, 2020

Monday, September 2, 2019

summer's almost over . . .



but it's been a really good one!  

Hope yours has been too!

Kelly

Friday, August 2, 2019

home-making



We have certainly been taking the adventures 
that are falling to us . . . 


birthday lunches and park playdates 
with friends visiting from out of town


work trips and double dates


sleepovers, breakfast dates, mudpie making and phone calls


library lunch, playdates, scooter riding, 
watching webinars about homeschooling for the 
coming school year and spontaneous Thai dinners with friends!  


curriculum pick up, Moms in Prayer summer edition


summer finale Nana camps, food trucks 


early to bed nights, early morning bike rides to the grocery store 


last meeting of book club with some of our homeschool buddies, climbing trees, reading books 


rain storms, dinners at friends' houses and Junk Fest

We have had a blast, are tired and happy and thankful . . . 

and the house is a mess and details have been left unattended to so this afternoon it has felt so, so very good to tend my home and garden.  

Homemaking is not a very popular word any more but there is truly nothing I would rather do than have the privilege of helping to shape a home where myself and three other precious to me people get to live out our days, discover our dreams, grow into who we are to be . . . 

"Home. Cozy, pillows on a couch, blankets and a dog. Everyone who should be here is here. There’s a comfortable familiarity between us and I don’t have to figure out how to be. It’s a feeling that I’m not in a hurry or that I don’t have to be somewhere else. Home is what I come back to, not what I go out to. It’s the reset button, the safety net, the place where I know I can be my “self” just as I am and the people in my home will love and support me, will help me, will soothe me." - Julie Bogart, the Homeschool Alliance


and so I am delighting in an afternoon slow enough to both notice and take a photo of our tomatoes' progress


an afternoon when I know we are all done going out for the day, we will stay here and be home through dinner and going to bed and waking up again and we don't have to be anywhere tomorrow morning.  


feeling the satisfaction of getting the dishwasher and washing machine going, changing over laundry, putting in a second load . . . even if I don't further organize the things I've been gathering up (in a WAY outdated tub!) for school this year


reading books to this cutie pie!  

These are both excellent by the way!  


beginning to get books loaded into our library crate 
to be out of our house and go back


enjoying the glimpses of organization and order that Cora has imposed of her own volition



 having time to notice and not just rush on to the next thing, that the plant with the yellowing leaves needs some attention and so does the laundry on the floor . . . 


appreciating the normal things




even if the picking up isn't perfect, 
being grateful for a cleaner floor



noticing colors and patterns and texture 
amidst the mundane messes






relishing walking out the door besides for the purpose of leaving the house



seeing that our pumpkin vine is beginning to flower 
and also seeing everything else


I hope you have a wonderful weekend and enjoy some "home time" in the coming days.  You deserve it.  Your people deserve it.  What is one of your favorite things about being home?

Kelly

Monday, June 17, 2019

Why Sabbath?


Weekly I receive an email from Shelly Miller through her Sabbath Society subscription.  

This week she asked "Why Sabbath?" for each one of us . . . 

here is my answer:  

Sabbath for me is a chance to trust God, fully, intentionally and practically, remembering that He is Sovereign, the One who is truly orchestrating things, not me and that I do not have to be “controlling” everything every second.  

I very well might need to remember that again so I am documenting it here.  

Kelly

Sunday, March 24, 2019

grateful for this week . . .


big kids who have fun ideas and can execute much more of them themselves


birthday cake dreaming for my sweet almost 6 year old

cake idea from this book


sweet friends


lip licking good hot cocoa on an unexpectedly snowy afternoon


hand me down dresses that are so much fun to wear, green lantern symbols drawn on by her brother and that smile


aunts who quilt and give generously and a daughter who likes to play pretend


that homeschooling can happen anywhere and that our car dealership service area has a fish pond

also, that my kids are enamored with and curious about nature wherever they may find it


another aunt who gave us a chick-fil-a gift card which led to a fun treat of breakfast out after taking the car into the shop


the "after a library trip quiet" that comes as they pour through the new offerings



a fixed and ready to go car, fun kids to spend my days with and that we were all still smiling at this point in a long day!  


Nana's who host St. Patrick's Day parties and fun cousins building leprechaun traps!


a visit from Granddad!  

that all of our grandparents love, share and promote reading


really good friends and the unexpected discovery of a whole patch of blooming crocus in our neighborhood!!!!!  




that I get to homeschool . . . I am very grateful for this life . . . 


bracelets from Kenya


braids


the margin in a day to try hairstyles before hiking



the young woman she is growing up to be 

(and her fashion sense!)  


my strong boy


handsome husband and that my kids love their grandparents


pretty girl


good friends


her enthusiasm and all her words


stop me in my tracks views during errands


spring meals coming up


their insatiable appetites for learning and trying new things


What are you thankful for this week?