Monday, July 14

Garden Notes: Oh, the Summer Squash

 We have summer squash coming out our ears.  These are the first few we picked a couple weeks ago.  We didn't realize how fast they would grow and while Jim was at a conference I didn't check for a few days... they were still quite good despite their size.  We have enjoyed chocolate muffins, lemon loaf, cookies, and chocolate chip muffins all filled with summer squash.  My boys think it is a bit silly and give me a hard time, but in the end they will always eat sweetened baked goods!

I'm loving roasted summer vegetables over a grain for dinner (just with a bit of olive oil and salt).  And then, for lunch the next day the cold roasted veggies with feta and fresh herbs makes a wonderful  salad!

We're also eating a whole lot of julienne summer squash salad.  My favorite recipe is the one in The Rhythm of Family.

Saturday, July 12

Growing Time

 I'm grateful that we have entered the long stretch of ordinary time this year.  I always am.  Right now, I'm relishing in this great growing season of summer.  I love the yummy meals of salads, roasted veggies and fresh garden herbs, the long days, picking wildflowers, catching lightning bugs, reading books and watching my four wee boys play together through the day.

  And this summer, we are delighting in watching the garden grow.  After replanting post tornado we didn't know if things would take off, but they have.  I'm staking my tomatoes, which have little green orbs growing.  I'm wishing we had more time to weed, but a bit here and there is doing the trick for now.  We are harvesting fresh herbs and the zucchini are beginning.  Tomatoes and peppers are soon to follow.  The farmer in me is feeling very satisfied!

Thursday, June 26


Here are all four of my baby boys around one month old in the same outfit.  Right after Athan was born, I looked down at this fourth wee man I had an overwhelming sensation of having met him before.  I go back and forth on who he reminds me of most, but he certainly has aspects of all his brothers.  Who do you think Athan looks most like?

They are in order.  Row one: Jonah and Rowan  Row two: Isaac and Athan.

Tuesday, June 24

A Happy Father's Day

It was good to celebrate Jim.  It has been quite the year with a pregnant wife, new baby and his first year of teaching.  I could gush about what a wonderful job he has done balancing it all,but as I really don't like gushing on facebook and blogs, I'll just state how incredibly grateful I am to be on this life adventure together.

And just look at all those boys!
We spent the afternoon at one of our two favorite spots in Richmond - The Botanic Gardens.

 (Our boys love the book section of the garden gift shop)


It seems hard to believe that Jonah is eight years old.  I have been reminded of baby Jonah so many times in the past month as I rock Athan on the same rocker we used with Jonah, as I dress him in clothes that baby Jonah wore, and as I set up the crib and other baby supplies that only Jonah used before we moved overseas.  

This past year has been a big one for Jonah.  Another new home, his first year of 'going to school', and a new baby brother.  Transition isn't always easy for this dear sensitive boy, but he's been a trooper.  We are so proud of everything he has accomplished this year and what a wonderful brother he is three times over.

Happy Birthday Jonah!

Saturday, May 31


A friend was over to help out the other morning.  "Where are your trash bags?" she asked.  "Your trash is overflowing."  I laughed and said "My life is overflowing".  

It is the feeling that overwhelmed me when, after a two and a half hour labor, I held this little man for the first time; a sense of overflowing gratitude.  Our life and hearts are overflowing with wee boys and our love for them.  Our van is full of car seats (and overflowing with stuff.)  Our shopping cart is always overflowing (as is our budget.)  My mind is overflowing with ideas and celebrations that will never actually come to be, for there are only so many hours in a day. Our home is overflowing with projects and books and laughter and tears and sibling fights and questions and toys and laundry and bits of nature and all the other things life with little ones brings. 

It isn't always easy or pretty.  But it is so, so, so good.
 Yes, overflowing indeed!

Nap Time

Thursday afternoon at our house...

We're all a little on the tired side.  But we are full and happy.  And yes, after documenting the moment I found my own comfy spot to take a quick nap.