Tuesday, April 24, 2018

65 and Sunny

It was the kind of day a teacher is really happy to have recess duty. After freezing all those months out there on Monday afternoons today felt like a piece of Heaven. With my little dress and cardigan, flats and a huge smile for the sunshine on my face.

Also, the perfect day for Abigail to wear this shirt... because TODAY felt like spring!

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Currently Reading

Well the last time I blogged was Tuesday.  School started up again and after April vacation week off it sure was hard getting back into the swing of things.  Up at 4:30 and asleep by 10:30 is one looooong, hard working, happy, exhausting, exhilarating day.  And by Friday when I got home I felt like I wasn't going to live. 

But I miss putting up a few photos her and there.  And so this week I'm going to try.  Let's start with books.  Because books make me happy.  Here's what I'm currently reading and what's to come soon. 

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Let me start by telling you about this one.

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Such a good mommy/parenting book. No guilt, just good ideas for being the best you can be. What kids need. My favorite chapters so far are:

Kids need their Mom to never stop touching them

Kids need their Mom to pray with the Door Wide Open

Kids need their Mom to Turn their Beds Down at Night

Kids need their Mom to Talk to them Like They're Fascinating

Kids need their Mom to keep a Family Blog

Kids need their Mom to Be a Passionate, Alive, Spiritual Lover of God

Kids need their Mom to Make a Big Deal out of God

(maybe I love that particular chapter because it feels like out of 40 chapters that's the one I already do... that & turn their beds down at night)

"in our home I want it to feel normal to be prayed for. To have spiritual conversations. To begin every meal with a grateful prayer. In our house church trumps most everything. ... We learned to never take a vacation from God. If we're out of town we're tracking down a place where God is worshiped, the Bible is believed, and the family of God gets together."

And then there's THIS book... a novel based on the thoughts and life of Laura's mother... Caroline. I read it twice already since I got it for Christmas from my parents.

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Oh to understand the Little House 'story' from Ma's point of view. Beyond lovely.

Books bring such comfort to me. I love them with all my heart. A collector of Children's chapter book and vintage children's books we are full to overflowing with books in our house. And to me books {and the people who read them} are part of what makes a house a home.









Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Our Favorite Place to Be is Together

Have you seen that on a sign?  I love that!  That was our April break.  We didn't go away and it was marvelous.  I used to love to go away for a few nights on April vacation week.  Now that I'm back to the classroom I love to stay home and nest.  And be just with the four of us.  And that's just what we did.  I don't have photos from our week home.  But I want to remember the sweet mixture of getting things done, relaxing, all while being all together.

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a quiet morning house
the girls catching up on sleep
no activities
fun dinners while watching movies
reading (how I've loved seeing my girls reading all the time this week because they weren't in their activities and too much homework)
catching up on my memories on this blog
passport photos and mailing away those passports for a trip this summer
shopping and eating out
laughing around our kitchen table
redoing our living room
cleaning out the girls drawers
shopping on line
immersing myself in God's Word for longer than a school day allows me
walking through a favorite antique store
finding Abigail's elementary graduation dress
talking late into the night
no agenda
enjoying the good weather
tea, lots of extra time for extra tea
working out
resting
thinking, daydreaming
all four of us being together even just at Whole Foods shopping for fun ingredients and snacks



It was a wonderful slow week.

On Sunday night Abigail prayed "Dear God, I thank you that you will fill our hearts with good things so that we don't miss each other too much." 

She whispered in the dark all cozy in her bed, "I'm gonna miss you." 

"Me too, me too".











Monday, April 16, 2018

Calling Me

On Friday before this wonderful at home vacation week it snowed.  It's April and it snowed.  It was so so pretty fluttering down while we were learning and working in the classroom.  It was Friday afternoon and they were doing Reading Workshop! They were cozy with books doing work in their own reading.
I turned the 'fireplace' on the smart board.

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And I looked around this special room. And felt such gratitude.

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How did I get so blessed to be one who gets to help them 'bloom and grow'?

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I could stay home forever. I am first a wife and a mother. But I am also a teacher. And the work I do in room 124 is important and it for those precious children that I am anxious to see on Monday morning. Their smiles, their hugs, their learning.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Concert

Last night we went to a Steven Curtis Chapman concert. All four of us. Scott and I have been to so many of his concerts and love him so so much!  (here's one we went to last summer) His story and his music is deeply rooted in our story. From our last slow dance at our wedding, to leading our hearts toward adoption, to the work he and his wife do with Show Home and how that's impacted our family (big post on that back here) ... has a been a big part of our walk with God. And we are grateful for a sweet evening worshiping as a family together.

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There is so much God speaks to our hearts when we are together like this, so much He reminds us of...

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Science Fair

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Abigail started talking about the Science Fair as soon as the school year started this year, and her daddy said he would do it with her.

She chose to do some 'real' science and focused on Eosinophilic Esophogitis. In a simple nutshell, there is {as of now} no cure for this disease. And there has been no medicine found/made that is specifically for this disease. The best way to manage EoE is food avoidance {foods a person is allergic to}. But in some rare cases {Abigail}, even after years of "elimination diet" of taking her off foods and reintroducing them one at time, we still haven't found the foods she's for sure allergic to. {it's complicated, I know}

But doctors have found that one medicine that is meant for asthma patients {meant to be breathed in with an inhaler}, if swallowed by EoE patients with a sticky liquid can coat the esophogus and help with inflammation when eosinophils are too high.

It's not a perfect, life long solution, but it helps.

So, since she was 22 months old, Abigail has been taking 7 splenda or honey with this liquid medicine. It's mixed into a 'slurry' and then swallowed before bedtime.

Her experiment was to replicate an esophogus and use different types of sticky liquid to see what would hold the medicine on to the esophagus the best.

Here is what she found:

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It's pretty clear that the splenda works to hold the medicine on the esophagus the best. And that honey doesn't work well at all.

We so proud that Abigail takes an active role in this disease and wants to help find a cure. She felt empowered through this project. And that is so amazing since many days she simply feels like a victim.

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Those are the teacher judges looking over and scoring her project.

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And guess what? She won!!!

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Finding a way to manage a disease is purposeful science and we all learned so much from this experience!

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So proud of you Abigail!




Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Easter 2018 (part 2)

Our Easter day is at my brother and sister in laws house {cousins!!!} but in the morning we like to have a sweet little brunch after Mass. I set the table the night before. Last year I used my Wedgewood strawberry china, this year I used Cathkidston and gingham plates.

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He is risen!

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Easter can be very cold here in Connecticut {although last year was 72} so this year I was thrilled when I found this classic dress for Abigail.  Her features are tiny and she looks best in classic children's clothing. 

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Abigail had to be at church an hour ahead because she was singing in the childrens choir.  I actually love getting there that early on a holiday. 

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Anna surprised me that she was willing to out back outside to take a few by the doors.  I love our church!

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A last warm up before Mass.



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Abigail cantored the Alleluia.  She sang beautifully!



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After Mass we stopped at Elizabeth Park for a few photos.  It was so cold that morning... just a few minutes was all we could do!

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I loved finding matching dresses (so Easter-y and so comfortable {perfect for teaching when it stops snowing!} )

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My blessings

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Daddy and his girls

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And while the breakfast cooked the girls hunted in our home.

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We had spring tea, fancy bacon, and our traditional egg cups... so so good!

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Then it was off to the cousins (where I put my camera down and enjoyed the day)

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My sister in law does such a beautiful job on Easter.  Little boxes for the kids and goodies inside {each one picked out individually}

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She set the table with her china that once belonged to my grandmother and is a reminder of my my holidays growing up.

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The next morning was Monday, of course.  And it was sooooOoooo hard to get up and going.  Especially because of the snow!

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I am typing this over a week after Easter, on a Tuesday morning.  The snow is coming down hard.  I have a cuppa tea in my Peter Rabbit mug and an loving looking through these photos showing the joy of Easter.  I am blessed, blessed indeed! 

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