Thursday, February 20, 2020

I love

I love

tea in the morning & tea in the evening

I love

my kitchen

I love

having 2 daughters

I love

that I was home for 13 years

I love

being a teacher

I love

decorating my home

I love

correcting papers

I love

tidying up each night

I love

when the laundry is on schedule

I love

when I'm home for the evening

I love

my mudroom

I love

my classroom

I love

planning

I love

reading picture books to my 4th graders every day

I love

reading to Abigail in bed each night

I love

falling asleep after doing the 'work' God has for me in that day

I love

our little yellow bird and his beautiful cage

I love

how I've transformed my classroom in a 'natural classroom' that is calming, quiet, and filled with life

I love

our Hitchcock dining table

I love

kids pjs on my girls and tucking them in at night

I tell my girls all the time... "you have 'have it all'... just not all at the same time"

Stay home? Absolutely. There is no wavering in my conviction to raise my babies - me - no one else to do those days - all 13 years of them

Go back to the classroom? Absolutely. There is no wavering in my conviction that I did the right thing to step out in faith and the new (old, but new again) calling God had in my life.

Timing? Well, it's not our timing, but His. I fought Him the whole first year back. I questioned, cried, wondered, stressed. And then I rested. I rested in His timing, not mine. And I can see now, clearly, fully, His hand in mine as I do what I do each day. Knowing that I need to give to those 22 4th graders my love, my teaching, my heart.

Some days I'm so exhausted I can't see straight. But most days I only feel exhilarated walking in His path for my life.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

A Few Bits of Valentines Day

After our schools and doing all that love there we were all so happy to come home!

Not too many pictures and it sure was simple but lovely...

The day started bright and early with heart french toast of course!

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And in the afternoon there were sweet cards...

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And some simple - they are growing up gifts.

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Happiest face ever

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for this donuts pan

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And then we went out for Habachi!

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The very best part of Valentine's Day this year after an exhausting week was curling up in bed at 9:00- we all went to sleep early with happiness knowing we'd have the next 4 days home...

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Little Things I Love Around the House

We all had Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday off from school -- so so so nice! Besides the dentist appointments and other things that were scheduled there was lots of time for nesting -- something that fills my heart and anchors me.

Since I took these pictures actually, so much has already changed. We even painted the dining room this weekend! And I love it!

But here are some things around the house (before this weekend) that made me smile.

Lace hearts above the kitchen sink made me smile.

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The tea table does too.

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I don't think they could have made this tin prettier.

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I split up my beautiful books and scattered them here and there.

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My kitchen always makes me smile.

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Oh and this pie save -- found it for $2 oh my word do I love it!!! Can't wait to bake a pie and bring it on the 4th of July!

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Gosh... thinking about collecting them - I think I need a cherry one too!

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A little love in the baking center.

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These are packed away now but I love having them out every year.

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Baptism portrait hanging, china in the cabinet, tea not too far away --

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Vintage table cloths -- I can never have too many of them. Although I use them every single day on our kitchen table, yes I do... I am dreaming of sunny summer weather with puffy clouds, and a them outside blowing in the wind.

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This is one of my favorites. Wouldn't it be pretty for a wedding or baby shower outside? None of those in my near future (thank goodness - for now) but this mama can dream...

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Little 'finds' like these -- I use the little pitcher each morning when Anna has breakfast to hold her oat milk. Mornings are so much more sweet with a little pitcher of milk.

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Just a few little things around that I love.

Off to a very short week of school ...



Sunday, February 16, 2020

A Big Announcement

... because I can't find a better title than that...

I need to start back in September 2008.

Anna was in Kindergarten. And I signed her up for Suzuki viola lessons.

We couldn't really afford it - and I wasn't sure of the commitment.

But something in me told me it was the right thing to do.

All those years ago - I'm so glad I did.

Next year is Anna's senior year of high school. And so this was her last chance to try out for one certain orchestra.

It was a chance in a million. Okay, maybe not a million but they were accepting only 2 violists.

Nothing could go wrong. Not one note. It had to be flawless.

When we arrived at the school Anna waited in a practice room while I waited in the hallway.

And then she was escorted into the room with camera recording every note, judges - just Anna and her viola.

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I held my breath for what felt like 10 minutes. I stood with my ear to the door and heard that song she'd played and practiced over and over for months.

But would it be different this time? She'd tried out before.

This year Anna took a musician professional course, online for months. It was for professional musicians that were auditioning for orchestras across the country. Taught by two musicians and a auditioning psychologist. She worked so hard in this course - the only 16 year old in a group for adult musicians. She had to constantly record her playing, upload it, listen to them critique it, and work harder.

And so when she walked through that door, I couldn't breath. We wanted this so much for her.

This orchestra that she was trying out for is quite something. They travel to Europe to play. They are in the top orchestras in the country. And Anna has never wanted something more.

And

she

got

in.

She is still singing and dancing around the house. We are all still in shock.

She got in!

Friday, February 14, 2020

Pink

I love February - because I love pink - always have - always will.

I recently went through my photos and pulled out anything that had a bit of pink in it and this is what I came up with... a whole lotta love for that favorite color of mine...

pink in a vintage table cloth

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teacups are especially pretty when there are pink flowers - a pink cafe curtain on my kitchen windowsill

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vintage canister above the baking center and bits of pink in vintage tablecloths

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pink on a cookook,

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even a pink bathrobe

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a really pink viola case

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pink in the roses of a halloween costume and pink on her cheeks

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pink in a pumpkin patch

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a little pink cake stand

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I want to live inside this adorable pink cookbook

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a pink sunhat in Vancouver, Canada

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the way the wind caught my pink dress

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pink on my husband

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a pink raincoat in  Alaska

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a fun pink drink aboard a cruise

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pink when she turned twelve

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pink on a bunting

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Anna's pink Bible - open 💕

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a pink bowl on the summer porch

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these pink blooms are only once a year - pink peonies

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pink in the sky in my backyard

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pink candles

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pink hanging in the birthday tree

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someone is about to have a birthday - pink balloons

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Anna's sixteenth with pink candles

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sixteen pink ribbons tickle her face as she wakes up to sixteen

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the way the late afternoon sunshine hits the cherry blooms tree

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pink blooms on a teapot

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pink jellybeans

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my heart swooned when we found this vintage table with pink flowers for the screened in porch

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a pink ballerina

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pink coats

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pink on her sheets and pink cheeks

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another pink drink

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pink all dressed up

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pink on my girls

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a pink sunset on the cruise to Canada

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you can't see it but this pink vintage dress at a wedding we went to

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can't think of a prettier setting for turning fifteen among all of these pink roses

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the pink linen bow

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pink in the snow

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pink boots

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just an average day with a pink cardigan

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one of her very favorite pieces of clothing ever in her life - this pink sweatshirt

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pink linen on Easter

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pink straws and a vintage pink book

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pink among silly faces

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pink pompoms

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pink survivor

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blurry - but pink on a last day of school

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there's that dress - oh this pink vintage

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another pink cardigan

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pink in Rode Island

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her pink windbreaker, dress, and backpack

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pink sheets and the happiest face - I love that face

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never realized, but her Bible is pink too

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pink on a card

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years ago - a pink Valentine box

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pink in the snow

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pink toes

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the pink roses, pink blanket we still have and those pink newborn lips

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pink joy because my arms and heart are full - finally full

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pink slippers

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matching pink

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pink tulips in DC

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a pink nap

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pink on the beach in Maine

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a different year, but still pink in the pumpkin patch - she loved those boots

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pink pearls - real

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pink on Mother's Day years ago - and oh those shoes!

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for her birthday invitation - so pink

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pink swirls in the lollipop

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matching pink in Disney World - one of my all time favorite pics I ever took on any Disney trip

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pink baby doll things all over my kitchen floor made me happy

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twirling pink

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There are a whole lot more in pink recorded in photos on my computer - but a girls gotta stop somewhere.

Pink -- I've always loved it, always will... happy Valentines Day!