Wednesday, February 28, 2018

'Anything You Need, You Can Come To Me'

Oh how I love this and them so so much!



Anna, of course had nooooo idea I was behind her.  She saw it on my phone the other day and said, "Abigail!  Why didn't you tell me mommy was there, recording us?"  "Mommy is always there recording something."

This is the kind of 'play' they are growing into.  Making memories in their playroom, just the two of them (and a mommy who is always there to capture)

Monday, February 26, 2018

Valentines Day 2018 and Being JOYful in the chapter I'm In

I've been thinking about a Valentines day long before I started blogging. Anna was around 5 and Abigail 2. (I think) I remember it was a Sunday. Abigail had a fever so I stayed home with her and Scott and Anna went to Mass. I remember the pink dress Anna wore and the cozy pink clothes Abigail had on. I can even remember the pink sweater I wore with yoga pants.

Anna came in the house all bubbly and ready to celebrate Valentines day. Abigail's fever was down a bit so we JOYfully opened presents in the family room. Like it was yesterday. But also like that one was a million years ago. That was such a sweet chapter in my life. I was home all day with my only 'job' to take care of those precious little girls.

So much has changed since then. Anna is in high school. I'm back to the classroom. But Valentines Day is still sweet, and so is this new chapter in my life. I work diligently about not living and wishing I was in that chapter years ago, but enJOYing this new chapter. I'm certain that one day I will look back at this Valentines Day and so with a deeply thankful heart, 'oh, that Valentines day when Anna was just a freshman in high school and Abigail was so little'.

So I live and am JOYful in this chapter.

And am so blessed to share this chapter with my best friend who this school year has lifted me up off the ground, encouraged me every single day, praised me, given me school advice, helped me, loved me when I've been unlovable through stress, deadlines and teacher demands, cooked, cleaned, driven the girls to viola and dance, given me quiet to work, made sure I'm pulled away to rest... on and on I could go. I'm blessed indeed. He tells me I did that for him the thirteen years I was at home. I know for sure I didn't do it as well as he is now.

So here is Valentines Day this year. Different? Yes. Just as sweet. Because it is us.

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It is Abigail's last year in elementary school; it is her last 'class Valentines Day'. Sigh. In middle school there is no little party. No passing out Valentines. No decorated boxes. So we soaked in this year for sure.

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And we 'celebrated' Valentines Day on Saturday.

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I didn't take a picture of the girls gifts. Sweet, little gold bracelets. Anna's is engraved "music is my life" (viola) and Abigail's engraved "I love dance" (Irish dance) They are dainty and I'm so happy that they wear them every day.

Being JOYful in this chapter as a mama of a 14 and 10 year old and as a teacher sure has its tender spots. I'm learning and growing in ways that I wouldn't have wanted. If I could I'd live forever in that 6 and 2 year old mama phase. But God is loving my into new areas of sweetness. Pulling, stretching, guiding me. It is hard some days, so so hard but I know my life is falling into (was and will forever be) His plan.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

60 and 70 Degrees

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On Sunday we went sledding after over 8 inches of snow.  It was wonderful.  Joined our young neighbors and their two year old.  Abigail showed her just how much winter is.

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Cutest little girl ever!

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And today (in February) (in New England) all of my windows are open.  The curtains are blowing and the house is airing out.

I'm a winter girl to be certain.  I don't like overly hot.  I don't do sticky.  And humidity is the worst.  Winter has none of that.  It has cozy and early dark nights.  Winter calls me to bake and all of us to be around the table together.

But this spring-like day has my heart as well.  Although I know it won't stay and we won't see 60 and 70 until May, it's so pretty outside.  The sun is warm on my face and the girls ran barefoot through the grass and down the sidewalk.

Such crazy weather actually.  Sledding Sunday, windows open today.  I had to switch my regular mug of tea for Peter Rabbit and Spring Tea.  Just for today.  (and maybe tomorrow too)

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Valentine Making

It makes me so happy that my girls love tradition.  That the little things, the not expensive things, the together things are the things they want to do over and over each year.

Like making family valentines.

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I set up some simple supplies.

And we had so much fun together.

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It really feels like Valentines day when we have glue and tissue paper, sicissors and stickers.

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All of the together traditions we have year after year are the memories of tomorrow and that makes this mama happy.



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