Friday, May 30, 2014
ABCs and 123s
Go Dog Go
and beloved Tonkas in the sandbox
Lego piles scattered in every direction
Friday outings with Mom and the kids
storytime on a lap or the bed
and on the couch you all clamor
those endless piles of books and poems to memorize
our library cart filled to the brim every week
maps and globes
puzzles and games on the floor
"you-name-it-he-knows-it" trivia expert
spelling lists, fractions, verb conjugations,
and Ancient Greece
geography club, Cub Scouts, and field trip adventures
piano lessons at Mama's house
Little League and flag football
and before we know it
these seven years of school at home now coming to an end
your world begins to expand
that wide smile of yours
making friends wherever you go
carpools and parent teacher conferences
science fair projects and display boards
spelling and geography bee champion
all night homework marathons
January Winterims and student government
first date and first texts
Friday night stomps in the gym
"can you come pick me up?" phone calls
getting all decked out in a tux for Prom
ACT test re-takes to get your best score
basketball practice sweaty and exhausted
away games and home games
broken finger and broken back
chips and salsa like there's no tomorrow
after school and summertime telemarketing job
stock market challenge pro
team morale booster pizza party
heart breaking concussion
Star Wars and NBA 2K marathons with the guys
college application and admission
to the school of your dreams
mission preparation and anticipation of where in the world it will be that you'll serve
springtime Senior-itis, big time
AP tests and end-of-term finals
enduring to the end to that glorious day in May
this Graduation Day
a culmination, a celebration
these twelve years
of learning, studying
growing and discovering
your future looking so bright.
congratulations, my dear Samuel.
we did it.
you did it.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Here's a peek...
Monday, May 26, 2014
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
|photo courtesy of Johan Finne|
(from Sunday's email)
...Your mission became a gift not only for you, but to so many, including me. Your example has strengthened me so much. Who you've become and are as a person-- I couldn't feel any greater happiness and pride in a child of mine. For your total love, devotion, dedication, and consecration you've given to your mission, the Finnish people, your companions, and most especially, to the Lord. With all my heart, I thank you. And I can say with all the conviction of my heart that if the Lord were there to speak to you as you sit down on that plane that will take off and fly over that land that you love-- (I know that your eyes will fill with tender, longing tears, as I felt when leaving Portugal)-- I know that if the Lord was sitting next to you on that plane He would look you in the eyes and say with a sweet, tender smile, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant."
Gary, I will say as your beloved mother and most faithful friend -- the one that knows you better and loves you more than any other soul-- I say now to you these same words:
Well done, my dear beloved son.
...I love you more than you'll ever know. I can't wait to look into your eyes, and feel you in my arms. To shed tears with you. To hear your voice and hear your stories. We will have a lot of time for that. A lot of time to be together and talk. I'm so looking forward to it all, my dear.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Here's a peek...
Happy belated Mother's Day to all you wonderful women! If you are a mother or not, I hope your day was filled with love and good food.
It's been fun to see some new readers to my blog-- especially regarding this blog hop. As always, I thank you for your visits, and for the kind comments you've left in previous "This Week In My Kitchen" posts.
Here are some of the week's highlights:
:: I hosted my family here for Mother's Day on Sunday. While the rest of the family ate their barbecued beef sandwiches, I enjoyed these instead: Quinoa and Roasted Squash Salad (from Karen Tews' website Real Food Matters) and Cranberry Walnut Chickpea Salad (placed and wrapped in lettuce leaves.) Both so good. With the quinoa salad, I changed it up a little by switching the squash for sweet potatoes and the pomegranate seeds with halved grapes.
:: speaking of Mother's Day, Keith generously gave me some money to choose some gifts I would like. I headed to our local Bosch Kitchen store and picked out some things I've been wanting. I left with a spiralizer tool which creates "noodles" from vegetables. This will be great when the summer squashes start producing (endlessly!) this summer. I've already tried my hand at making a really delicious Creamy Miso Ginger Sauce to coat some zucchini noodles. I think for lunch today I want to try something involving sweet potatoes.
I also picked out two baking "cloches" (an oblong and a round)-- covered stoneware pottery which produces wonderful artisan bread. Especially getting the crust and texture I've wanted to achieve. I was so pleased with the way these loaves turned out. This is going to be fun!
:: green smoothies every morning. (feeling the need for more raw and more greens).
:: Cabbage Noodle Stir Fry
:: High Protein Energy Bites
:: to go along with my bread for dinner last night, I "veganized" an old family favorite: Mexican White Bean Chowder. Adding in potatoes and frozen corn instead of the turkey chunks, and unsweetened almond milk to replace the evaporated milk. I think it turned out even better than before.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
creating:: sewed up some pillows this morning for the front porch.
drinking:: quart of green smoothie for breakfast. Needing to get back on the band wagon.
making:: bread dough rising on the kitchen counter. Excited to try out my new baking "cloche" with my round loaves. I'll share the results tomorrow.
thinking and feeling:: I know it seems like a broken record, but this foot has been giving me grief ever since I had my surgery at the end of March. Ongoing pain and stubborn inflammation that just won't let up. Not what I or my doctor expected. Trying everything we can to kick it-- oral steroids for a week, two cortisone shots (not fun), a week's worth of laser therapy treatment, no walks and no runs... and now the plan is to wear this boot to help immobilize it. Trying to feel hopeful (even amid the tears I've shed), but it's getting to be so discouraging and hopeless when I want and need to do so much. Now with this boot that I have to wear (both day and night), it's slowing me down even more.
On the positive side of things, you can't imagine how excited and happy I feel to see my son Gary next Thursday night when he returns home from Finland. These two years seemed like they've gone on for forever.
thanking:: So happy to have heard the sound of their voices and seen their sweet smiles on Sunday. The cherry on top of my Mother's Day.
wearing:: yoga pants, gray long sleeve tee, my new fashion statement boot.
listening:: this song (and video) is cool. Thanks, Eliza, for your hipster finds you introduce me to.
reading:: on my nightstand: Of Love and Other Demons (Marquez), poems (Neruda), Your Sacred Self (Dyer), Mere Christianity (Lewis)
pinning:: this, this, and this,
gardening:: Sad that some of my plants didn't make it through the cold snap we had. I'll be going out now to survey the damage. The greens all look healthy, though. More weeding this afternoon is in store, too. The sun is shining, and the forecast looks good for the rest of the week.
going:: Isaac's school choir concert tonight. With the school year winding up, (and Sam's high school graduation on the 30th) lots of end-of-year events to attend. Busy times.