Monday, November 26, 2012

Dear Husband

Dear Husband,

I love you, and how practical and even headed you are.

That said, here are the top 5 reasons why I still think we should get a dog.

#1  I will shovel the poop.  Really.  I prrrrrrrooooooooommmmissssssse!

#2  Dogs make even the grayest, rainiest, gloomiest day a bit brighter, a bit lighter, a bit sillier.

#3  I'm great at training kids.

#4  A dog teaches responsibility hopefully to kids.

#5  This....

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Calvin's Isms

If I can sneak another thankfulness post in...

I am thankful through and through for this kid here...

This Calvin boy.  He is quick witted, curious to a fault, always a step ahead of me.  This kid.  What would life be without him, well, besides more quiet?  ;)  He is a wonder, that Calvin, and I am thankful for him and his isms.

And with that, a few fresh Calvinisms for you:

Rolling up burritos with his daddy, Calvin observes, "These burritos are a lot like 'shushi'."
Uh, sorta, I guess.

Joking with his Papa about the difference between chickens and turkeys, Calvin corrected, "Papa!  Turkeys are bigger and have beards growing out of their belly buttons!" 

And finally, Calvin ponders aloud the question that four years olds have been asking through the ages, "Why does the cheese stand alone?"

Saturday, November 17, 2012


I am thankful for computers and video calls,

and my far, far away family that loves us so much.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Guess Who is Two?

Our very own Miles Benjamin!

Wow!  Miles.  What a beautiful year we have had with you, my son.

A little about our Miles.  He was a most adorable baby.  Entering the world in a storm of a labor, a frantic newborn settled only by the warm embrace of his mommy.  Settle he did, and has been glued to my side since.  A mommy's little boy, an introvert to most, but a total class clown around those who have gained the honored position to enter his "circle of trust".

Cute as a button as an infant (we called him Mellow Miles), and a rough and tumble toddler (aka Conky Conk).  Definitely a child with a bent toward athleticism, fearlessness, and a hearty dose of "if my brother does it, I'm gonna try!"  Or as Miles more simply says, Me Too!  This little munchkin is funny, sweet, full of cuddles and jokes and tenderness.

Fully indoctrinated into the love of trains, our Miles takes train books and steam engines to bed with him instead of blankies or stuffed animals.  He has the cutest little way of pading around the house, and is always up to something.  If the sliding door is open, and I suddenly wonder "where is Miles?" we can bet he has found a pile of dirt to dig in, bugs to poke, steps to jump off.

He talks!  In July I was sure he would be a late talker, not even "babbling" at that point.  Oh, he had been saying "Mommy" since 7 months (Mommy's boy, remember?).  But other than that, it was all grunts and motor sounds.  Then August came, and one word, then another, and now full "thought" sentences... he says a bunch of words together, not always in order, but the sum of which form a complete thought.  So adorable!  You almost hate for speech to improve so quickly at this age... well, so long as you can figure out what he is communicating, and we can.  He is a great communicator, if not a proper one.

He is a little one we have been able to enjoy along with our 'older' boys, who find him just as novel and wonderful as us grown ups.  "Oh, toddlers," we say.  And, as Calvin told a friend recently, "You just need to have a toddler around if you are going to have any fun."  All four of us are looking out for this little character.  His funny 2-year-old ways teach my older boys patience, responsibility, compassion.  They are amazing with him... er, when they are not making him cry, anyway.

What can we say... I am thankful for this boy.  He has made our lives rich.  I can barely stand to think of what life would be if that guitar pick flip had not turned up "Fender", if ya know what I mean. 

Love you, Miles.  Proud of you.  Am looking forward to walking with you for another year as you grow, learn, and, of course, entertain.  Happy Birthday!

Love Mommy.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


Thankful for our farm share at Deep Seeded Community Farm!

Monday, November 12, 2012


A slow morning...

             A lovely day...

                           Wonderful neighbors...

                                         And Freedom...

                                                        to enjoy life, to worship, to express who I am, to be safe, and
                                                        to raise a little family up for the Lord.

Saturday, November 10, 2012


I am thankful for bunk beds and shared spaces.

And, I am thankful that when I have a bad day...

I need not bare it alone.

I am thankful for "Pomagrammas" (according to Calvin).

"Pombergeramits" (according to Charlie).

Tasting something new and delicious for the very first time.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Thankful still.

I am thankful for a Grandpa and Grandma who live just around the corner, who love our kids and us to death, who help out in so many ways.

I am thankful for a warm, cozy home, winter-y storms, and play-dough to pass the minutes together.

I am thankful for rare quiet moments, a squishy, comfy bed, and brothers who want to be together, always.

Friday, November 2, 2012


(Started on facebook, and decided I want to put it here so I can always remember.  I am so thankful, and have so much to be thankful for.  Happy November everyone!)


 One thing I am thankful for... my husband. He holds me together, is my best friend in the world, needs me (you *know* you'd be lost without me, Babe), loves me even with all the flaws I have. Sometimes I don't get how he does it... how this man loves me (me!) day after day after day. How is it that we continue to grow closer as these years fly by us... surely by now we should have come unraveled. I am thankful for Ray's parents, Rod and Kathi who brought up their boys to be men of integrity, totally rad, a dash of tenderness, and just the right kind of stubborn. And foremost, for God, our Papa in Heaven who makes all things possible, even for a girl like me to find a real Prince Charming in Humboldt County California some 12 years ago, and who gives us the grace and ability to do this marriage thing, in good times and bad, in health and sickness, when we are poor and... what was it the minister said to me during our vows... " you *do* know you are marrying a musician". Anyway, I am thankful for you, Ray, not to mention completely and utterly in love. 


I am thankful for my boys. Together, they are our little pile of puppies, nipping at our heals, leaping into our arms, chewing up our things (ahem, Miles), and bringing a lifetime of joy-wrinkles to our faces. Astounded and thankful as I contemplate the blessings they bring to our lives, to our entire family, to our community of friends, and to each-other, now and for a lifetime.

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