His Growing Sense of Humor


I am so thankful to share my love of reading and books with my little guy.  Though it shouldn’t surprise me, one of my favorite series has become truly one of his as well.  Not too long ago, Calder finished the final Harry Potter book in the original series.  Given that we’re juggling school and activities, we’re finding scraps of time to work through the newest one – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Last weekend, I attended NCTE and brought Calder’s copy of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them so I could be ready for our movie outing.  Today, was the perfect combination of relaxation and rest with a hint of productivity.

As I watched and listen to Calder and his friend chat on the way to the movie, it struck me just how much he’s growing up.  Last night, he was particularly slap-happy and on a bit of role with his quirky sense of humor.  Today, it was more of the same.  My favorite, was when we were headed out of the theater and I told the boys they could get a refill of their drinks if they wanted.

Me: Calder, just a bit, Buddy!  Fill it half full.

C: (smiling) Mom, I’m not an optimist.

Me: (pausing, while it registers, then smiling myself) Well, then leave it half empty!

This kid!  He fills the air with so many words and there will soon come a day when I will long for the endless commentary and wry sense of humor.  I can only pray that he will still be willing to share!

Birthday Blessing

There are so many times I wish I would have posted something. Instead of thinking about it today and allowing this amazing day of my adorable husband’s birthday go by again unrecorded, I thought I’d share this quick pic we snapped during a beautiful afternoon! 

It was the perfect fall day and a reminder of all that’s good and right and fulfilling about this little life we’ve built.

I love you more than you know, Babe! 

Checking in

It’s been a while, but I’m still here. I’m down nearly 20lbs to date and I feel good. This journey has not been without struggles as we’ve been riding an emotional roller coaster. 

I can tell that I’m beginning to feel the slide…meaning, I’m less motivated to track my food and now that school has started there are demands on my time that are keeping me sedentary.  

The other interesting factor is that just about the time my clothes feel loose and people begin to notice my weight loss, I start to feel somewhat entitled to that extra helping of whatever.  So, I’m here to remind myself to stay the course. I have 14 pounds to reach my first goal, and hopefully another 20 or so beyond that. 

I’m hoping to join a gym soon to keep me motivated and moving!! And spiritually, I’m leaning in and waiting on the Lord for His perfect timing in my life. He knows my heart and is using these trials to perfect my faith in Him!!

First Day of School!! 

Summer Projects


Last winter, the kids and I went to a silent auction in town. One of our middle school students was facing a major medical condition and the community rallied around them in support. 

We bid on horseback riding which we did last August, and a 3-pack of model cars. This week, Garth got them out to tackle one and Calder loves the focused work and special time with his Dad!! 

I’m also happy to report that our student has seen a full recovery and is doing very well!! 

First Full Week of Camp


This shot captures his cool exterior as he was prepping for his first full week at church camp. He’d been awake far too long the night before with nervous anticipation, and could hardly eat breakfast on the drive north. He pecs around the restaurant, then in the car vacillated between playing on his phone or sleeping – neither activity seeming to provide the right level of distraction or comfort. 

On Saturday – we picked him up and I was too amazed to take a picture – he seemed older, more confident and had made several new friends. Sure – his belongings were haphazardly packed and I learned he thought he lost his toothbrush Monday night, so we still had some evidence of his 9-ness, but the change in his actions was fantastic! 

He’s already ready to return! I pray for the wisdom and strength to be the mom he needs and to give him this same opportunity to be more independent at home.