Week 15

"They are much to be pitied who have not been given a taste for nature early in life" -  Mansfield Park This is definitely one of the perks to being around babies/toddlers/young children... at any given moment - they are experiencing something for the very first time. A fantastic reminder for us to slow down, … Continue reading Week 15

Week 14

“I would have everybody marry if they can do it properly; I do not like to have people throw themselves away; but everybody should marry as soon as they can do it to advantage.” - Mansfield Park I need to take this opportunity to celebrate. There is nothing greater than finding the one your heart … Continue reading Week 14

Week 13

It is well to have as many holds upon happiness as possible. - Northanger Abbey We all know the world is an awful place. It doesn't take much to tell us this. Just turn on the TV. Flip through the channels a couple of times. It's everywhere. Ugly. Sad. Lonely. Scary. I asked Hailey the … Continue reading Week 13

Week 12

“One man's ways may be as good as another's, but we all like our own best.” - Jane Austen, Persuasion They say the problem with having children is that they don't come with an instruction manual. That may be true - they block off entire sections of bookstores with "instruction manuals" - suggestions/strategies telling you … Continue reading Week 12

Week 11

" One cannot have too large a party." - Emma  We are blessed to have a big and beautiful family. Because of this, on any given month of the year, someone in it is celebrating a birthday. My kids know this, as they often get me to recite for them the list of who's is … Continue reading Week 11

Week 10

For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors and laugh at them in our turn? - Pride and Prejudice Last week was our first week of school - and I received an alarming glimpse of what our year is going to look like. Here's what I had imagined our year would … Continue reading Week 10

Week 9

“But people themselves alter so much, that there is something new to be observed in them for ever.”  - Pride and Prejudice When you're a child, you dream of the day you will grow up and become an adult. In adulthood you long for the days when you were a child. It's amazing how difficult it … Continue reading Week 9

Week 8

If I could but know his heart, everything would become easy. - Sense and Sensibility. I'll warn you now - this post is heart-felt and sappy. Read at your own risk. 9.5 years ago I was introduced to a boy - he was celebrating his 18th birthday. I casually wished him a "happy birthday" and … Continue reading Week 8

Week 7

There are people, who the more you do for them, the less they will do for themselves. - Emma. It's getting to be that time of year. As much as we don't want to admit it, summer will be coming to an unofficial close (first day of fall isn't until September 23rd) and kids will … Continue reading Week 7