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A Book A Day: An Advent Calendar

A Book A Day: An Advent Calendar

We are a family of book junkies. Oh glorious books. So when I heard about an idea for celebrating Advent that involves getting to read one new book a day for nearly a month, I was sold. So sold. Basically, you collect 24 children’s Advent and/or Christmas books and wrap each one individually. Bonus points … Continue reading

Giving Of Thanks: November Books and Recipes

Giving Of Thanks: November Books and Recipes

I’ve been meaning to post about what we’ve been reading the last few weeks in preparing for Thanksgiving. While I’m watching the Colts game with my hubby – the children are finally in bed – I’m seizing my opportunity. This year we have a lovely stack of November books, some which we own and a … Continue reading

Halloween at Our House {and a poem}

Halloween at Our House {and a poem}

Halloween is upon us! Maggie has been bringing home delightful crafts from preschool for the last two weeks. Today we baked pumpkin shaped sugar cookies for her class parties tomorrow and Friday. We even have some babies in handmade holiday bibs. We all journeyed to the Children’s Museum last week for the (friendly) haunted house. … Continue reading

Poem A Day: In Blackwater Woods

Poem A Day: In Blackwater Woods

I almost titled this post “To let it go” but then I realized that everyone will think I am going to blog about Frozen. I am not going to blog about Frozen. I promise. I swear. What I am going to blog about is the sadness of changes that happen to the places that have … Continue reading

A Poem A Day: The Hungry Bear

A Poem A Day: The Hungry Bear

This poem makes me stop and re-evaluate the trajectory of my life each and every time I read it. “I don’t want to wonder if I have made of my life something particular, and real. I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened, or full of argument.” Isn’t that what we all want? To … Continue reading

Poem A Day October: All This Hair

Poem A Day October: All This Hair

We women spend a lot of time on our hair, don’t we? I do. I found my first gray hair when I was 18, a senior in high school. A classmate loudly said, “Sarah, I see a gray hair!” It began.  A box of Feria and two hours in the bathroom. I’ve been doing it … Continue reading

Poem A Day October: Our First Apartment

Poem A Day October: Our First Apartment

Since finishing Hannah Coulter (my goodness YES I am still talking about this book), I have been thinking a lot about place, and the places that have made me. One of the biggest of these must be Chicago. I grew up when I moved to Chicago. I was truly on my own for the first … Continue reading

Poem A Day October: To My Mother

Poem A Day October: To My Mother

I finished Hannah Coulter last night. After spending the last 100 pages or so in tears, sometimes full on sobs, I can say I was somewhat relieved when it was over. But then, oh then, I was so desperate to know what happens next. To know if the farm lives on in the Culter family … Continue reading