Friday, September 28, 2012

Welcome home!

 Our beautiful treasure is here!

Annika Hope

September 26, 2012
6lbs, 11.8 oz
19 inches


We all love her so. 
God is so gracious to us!

Monday, September 17, 2012


I remember how we stood
    In the field, while far away
Blue hazes drifted on from hill to hill
And curled like smoke from many a sunset wood,
And the loaded wagon creaked while standing still...
    I heard my father say,
    "The last corn shock can stay."

We had seen a pheasant there
    In the sun; he went inside
As if he claimed the shock, as if he meant
To show us, with the field so nearly bare,
We had no right to take his rustic tent.
    And so we circled wide
    For home, and let him hide.

The first wild ducks flashed by
    Where the pasture brook could hold
The sunset at the curve, and drifting floss
Escaped the wind and clung.  The shocks were dry
And rustled on the wagon. Far across
    The field, against the cold,
    The last shock turned to gold.

~Glenn Ward Dresbach

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

rainy day

A deliciously rainy and chill September day today.
And I think I finally enjoy my much loved cup of tea with almond milk.  A cup black is just not nearly as comforting as one with milk.  So here I am in the rain and the chill sipping a whole pot down myself again.  I missed you tea.
 A teacup as gorgeous as this really does deserve to have its picture taken in better light.  But there it was, where I was actually drinking it...

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 Morning snack time:
 (Best buddies these two)

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 Thirty-six and a half weeks!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

P for Precious

A very precious someone is quite pleased to have begun her preschool books and projects this year. 
And a big "P" with polka dots and flowers is a happy thing to color.

(I intend to shamelessly copy the annual Beehive tradition of First Day pictures whenever possible.)


I love the color blue.  That's not a hard one to figure out.  But I've been hestitant to paint a wall blue... it can so easily go wrong.  And isn't it better to use blue things on a neutral background?
My bedroom has been green since we moved here.  Nearly all the upstairs rooms are painted in this same green.  It is really quite a pleasant green, and I've been happy with it.  It goes well with the house and is a soothing background for now.  It also happens to match the curtains in the kids' bedroom perfectly.

There is this mustard element to the green, though, that we said 'hmmm' about.  And seeing that free summer weekends with the windows open to paint with were coming to an end, and that long weekends are especially nice for such things, and that it really would be nicer not to be painting around a new baby... we decided to give it a go and paint our room last weekend.

And we decided to paint the walls blue, despite initial hesitations.  But it had to be gray enough to be moody.  And green enough to be warm.  And blue enough not to be teal.  And I found this color called "Georgetown Blue Ivy". 

It turned out we didn't need a long weekend to finish our project in.  Caleb came home at 4pm on Saturday with the gallon of paint, and tapped the lid back on at 9:30p the same evening, finished.  Perfectly neat too.  I've never seen such edging.  He is definitely the man. 

 And I am thrilled with how it turned out...

It's a rich color. In the light of day it's a soft French blue, the same as the leaves of my Redoute print.  As the light fades the walls get greyer, bluer, moodier--in much the same way as the sky. 

Color can be so nourishing.