Wednesday, June 12, 2019

This Afternoon

In which Grace and Emma help a woodpecker that flew into our kitchen door this afternoon. xo

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Sixth Grade

Last summer I came across my sixth grade shirt and decided I'd hold on to it and take a picture of Grace wearing it before the end of her sixth grade year. For weeks now I have been meaning to do do this and for one reason or another it never happened. As this is the last full week of the school year for the school kids in town I figured I needed to make it happen STAT!I 

This shirt was a really big deal when we were in sixth grade. As it was our final year at Bethany Community School we all had a chance to submit a design for consideration for the front of the shirt. Once all the designs were turned in we got to vote on which one would appear on the front. On the back were all our signatures. 

The day the shirts arrived we were all so excited! I'm pretty sure it was toward the end of the school year when we got them (maybe even the final week). I wish there was a picture of us all in them. Some people chose pink, some purple, some yellow, some blue. There may have even been green. It was really neat to see us all in them!

And so, I knew that when I took this picture and shared it to Facebook that it would take a whole bunch of us on a trip down memory lane! And that's exactly what happened! 

I cannot wait to take a picture of Emma in this shirt at the end of her sixth grade year (next year). And really I should take a picture of me in it too. I'm thrilled to say it still fits! xo 

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Sad News

Earlier today we returned Gwen to her foster home. Making this decision was incredibly hard but the four of us agreed it was the kindest thing we could do for this bunny. In the short period of time that we had her Gwen grabbed hold of our hearts but she also seemed rather unhappy here, too. While we respected her wishes not to be picked up, we quickly realized that we ran the risk of being very scratched up if we ever needed to do so. Emma is currently covered in scratches that, while superficial, are very, very tender, all because Gwen landed wrong leaping from the girls's beds and she (Emma) went to go help her. I spent the whole of yesterday Googling rabbit info and talking to people with much more house rabbit expertise than I could ever have, and at the end of the day it became very clear that this sweet girl needs a family with many more skills and much more knowledge in how to help her than we have right now. 

In my lifetime I have had many animals, including rabbits (though ours lived in hutches outside) and I have never felt nervous or unsure about handling any of my pets. As a result I have never had to wrestle with the topic of "returning" or "rehoming" one. It's absolutely gut wrenching to have to make this decision and I'd be lying if I didn't say that I felt like a failure or wonder if perhaps I am giving up too quickly. And yet, at the same time, I also know that allowing this to go on for days or weeks longer would only delay the inevitable: that we really are not the right family for her and she is really not the right bunny for us. 

Thank you to everyone who helped us make this decision yesterday, and thank you to everyone who has read this very long post today. It is certainly not one that I expected to be writing when we brought her home on Monday. 

Please send much love and many prayers that Gwen finds her forever family soon, and that if we are meant to have a bunny as part of ours that the right one comes our way when the time is right. xo 

Monday, June 3, 2019

Introducing.....


the newest addition to our family! Gwen is an English Spot and is an absolute sweetheart! She primarily Emma's though both girls will share the responsibility of taking care of her. Once Grace finds a lop to adopt Emma will assume sole responsibility for Gwen. We have had a wonderful day getting to know her and look forward to all that's in store for us and this sweet girl. xo 

Friday, May 31, 2019

{This Moment} We've Been Flocked!

{This Moment} A Friday ritual. A single photo -no words- capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you are inspired to do the same leave a link to your moment in the comments section below. Wishing you all a lovely first weekend in June! xo 



Thursday, May 30, 2019

Last Day Of Co-Op

Today was the last day of co-op! We all gathered together for games, tie dying, a potluck and just general fun! It was the perfect way to end the year!

The girls and I are so grateful to have been invited to be part of this very special group. Each of the mamas and daughters who are a part of it are also Waldorf homeschool families and everyone gets along so well that you would think this group has grown up together. Co-op is everything that I would want a school experience to be for our girls. They do lessons, have plenty of time to play outside, work on handwork and play old school games (among other wonderful "Waldorfy" things). It really is what school should be for all children! It is my hope that this co-op will continue for many more years to come! xo 

Monday, May 27, 2019

In Remembrance

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow,
Between the crosses, row on row, 
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly,
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago 
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders Fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders Fields.

-John McCrae