Without words

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I've been hoping and meaning to write but haven't had the words.  The kids and I are well as is Jeff.  Yet, I'm a bit stuck.  We're so close to him coming home and at the same time I've hit a huge wall mentally.

So, all I have to share are my photos.  Check out my 365.
Words to come soon.

Four Books Two Ways

Book wreath
One of my goals for 2011 is to read 52 books in 52 weeks.  I love reading but it has often taken a (rightful) backseat to other things in my life.  Now, things have settled a bit and the kids are a little older.  This seems like a realistic goal.
I'm off to a good start.  So far I've finished two books and am 75% done with a third.  It feels good.  They are:
Comfort and Joy by Kristin Hannah, an easy read that I finished in one "sick" day.
Still Life with Chickens by Catherine Goldhammer, Loved it!  The beginning of my "farm lit"
The Dirty Life:  On Farming, Food and Love by Kristin Kimball.  This is the one I'm just finishing but again, I love it!  We are dreaming big around here and this fits right in.
The fourth book in my recent past turned into a wreath. I didn't sacrifice the next great novel for this project but used a "chick lit" book I had on hand. It turned out beautifully though I haven't been able to get a great picture.  While some may find a project like this offensive, I found it heartwarming.  I love books and its great to see one on my wall.
I'm also well on my way with another goal, 365.  I've missed a day already but that's ok.  I'm working on giving myself grace.   I won't post all of the photos here but you can find them on my Flickr.
Finally, my heart has been heavy for Joanne this week. She is a 38 wife and mom of two who suffered a massive stroke on Tuesday.  There are just no words for what their family is enduring right now.  Please pray!

Four Books Two Ways

Book wreath
One of my goals for 2011 is to read 52 books in 52 weeks.  I love reading but it has often taken a (rightful) backseat to other things in my life.  Now, things have settled a bit and the kids are a little older.  This seems like a realistic goal.

I’m off to a good start.  So far I’ve finished two books and am 75% done with a third.  It feels good.  They are:

Comfort and Joy by Kristin Hannah, an easy read that I finished in one “sick” day.

Still Life with Chickens by Catherine Goldhammer, Loved it!  The beginning of my “farm lit”

The Dirty Life:  On Farming, Food and Love by Kristin Kimball.  This is the one I’m just finishing but again, I love it!  We are dreaming big around here and this fits right in.

The fourth book in my recent past turned into a wreath. I didn’t sacrifice the next great novel for this project but used a “chick lit” book I had on hand. It turned out beautifully though I haven’t been able to get a great picture.  While some may find a project like this offensive, I found it heartwarming.  I love books and its great to see one on my wall.
I’m also well on my way with another goal, 365.  I’ve missed a day already but that’s ok.  I’m working on giving myself grace.   I won’t post all of the photos here but you can find them on my Flickr.

Finally, my heart has been heavy for Joanne this week. She is a 38 wife and mom of two who suffered a massive stroke on Tuesday.  There are just no words for what their family is enduring right now.  Please pray!

4.

My funny boy

My sweet, funny, sometimes challenging Connor turned 4 earlier this week.  I just. can’t. believe it.  We’ve never done a friends party for him so this year we decided on a snow theme.  Perfect for January.

It's a snow party

I loved  Eren’s garland so the kids and I made that and Morgan and I cut out some snowflakes.  I love having them up as the house can seem a bit bare after Christmas is put away.  Though a friend stopped by yesterday and asked “what’s with the marshmallows.” 🙂

The best part

These snowman cupcakes were a huge hit.  Once again Martha Stewart saves the day as I had no idea what I was doing for a cake as of Sunday night.

We had snow!

After all of the festivities we took the 10 rambunctious kids (7 and under!) to play in the real deal.

We topped off the day with more gifts and dinner at Red Robin.  Simple and lovely.  He was a happy, happy boy.

4.

My funny boy

My sweet, funny, sometimes challenging Connor turned 4 earlier this week.  I just. can't. believe it.  We've never done a friends party for him so this year we decided on a snow theme.  Perfect for January.

It's a snow party
I loved  Eren's garland so the kids and I made that and Morgan and I cut out some snowflakes.  I love having them up as the house can seem a bit bare after Christmas is put away.  Though a friend stopped by yesterday and asked "what's with the marshmallows." 🙂
The best part
These snowman cupcakes were a huge hit.  Once again Martha Stewart saves the day as I had no idea what I was doing for a cake as of Sunday night.
We had snow!
After all of the festivities we took the 10 rambunctious kids (7 and under!) to play in the real deal.
We topped off the day with more gifts and dinner at Red Robin.  Simple and lovely.  He was a happy, happy boy.

2011

Through the looking glass

I don’t know what it is about this image but I keep coming back to it.  It’s one I took toward the end of December during Picture the Holidays.  The prompt was “through the looking glass.”  Does anyone else see a heart in the middle?  I guess something about this image reminds me of my One Little Word for 2011.

Intentional.

2010 was challenging in many ways and as I look back I feel like I just let life happen to me.  I wasn’t proactive, I was reactive.  I didn’t really think about commitments before I took them on.  I treaded water, if I was lucky.  I was overwhelmed, tired, and too busy.

This isn’t how I want to live.  I want to carefully choose how I spend my time and what commitments I make.  I want to be aware of and make decisions about what I eat, how I spend our money, who I spend time with focus and thought.

I’m off to a good start as I’ve let go of (or am in the process) on virtually all of my long-term commitments.   I’ve decided that this is my sabbitcal year.  A year to re-group, spend time with my family (including a husband I haven’t seen in nearly six months who will be home soon), and explore things that interest me.

Life has been so intense during this period of having three very young children.  Now, they’re a bit older and things are shifting.  It’s time to regroup.

I’m so excited about what is ahead.

I do have a few other more definitive goals:

*Read 52 books in 52 weeks

*Complete a 365 project, one picture a day for the entire year.  Last year was a flop.  I’m hoping for success this year.

*Drive less.  I’m hoping for at least 2 days a week that I don’t drive my car at all.  It’s not a lot but it’s a start.

*Run.  Again, I started strong in the spring and then it tapered off while we were in Washington.  Once Jeff gets back I want to get back out there and finish a race this spring or summer.