Because cuteness


she created octopuses all by herself just from seeing a photo

-her original knitted one even has eight legs-

and she drew the sketch

in her quick, creative way

that illuminates

my mind

with delight-

and asked me

to write the words across the top-

(we had a brief debate: octopuses/octopii- in the end

we went with octopii – ill-spelled and all)

she has an entrepreneurial heart

it has shown itself in

more ways than just



with hearts.

Today (well, actually yesterday)-Violets

Just after we began our new poem

there they were with violets in their hands:

They went out into the yard. Today.
And came in clutching yellow-throated purple.

Completely unaware, their small selves-
that I had just exulted
violets. Spring.

And posted such a poem in this space.

Serendipity. Joy. Beauty.

Children, It’s Spring!!!

The Things They Say

I am sitting on the floor in the family room. We are in a full out hustle to get the laundry all put away. Three little girls are folding towels like champs. I am impressed with their skill, accuracy, and speed. (I come to learn they have recently been under the tutelage of their Dad in this area.)

Then suddenly, little Aymee announces, loudly:

“One time, when you were going for a walk with Ms. Laney (yes, this is what she said! She got the name wrong in a delightful way and I changed spelling for privacy but too cute not to share!), Melodee made a mistake- (dramatic emphasis!)

“Melodee put the towels in the trash can!!!”

The trash can opens with a foot pedal. The drawer opens with a pull of the hand. I am trying to see the connection here. They are both located in the kitchen.

We are in the family room. Melodee is busily, at this very moment, putting kitchen towels away in the drawer- in the kitchen. She is coming quickly back to the work before us and says,

“Yes, I did.”

And then!

“I picked them out! And I didn’t wash my hands!”

This is said with dramatic emphasis- because they know how I feel about washing hands! Very important in our family. And they are very sure they are completely shocking me.

But! O But.. the next part of this tale…!

Every little girl is brimful of the effect this shock is having upon me. Every little girl is seeing a certain humor in this situation. Eyes bright, cheeks puffed. Tale told.

I am all, all astonishment! Complete astonishment. So then I gently ask,

“What did you do with those towels?”

“I picked them out and I put them in the drawer.”

O my.

So. We had a little chat about what to do should said children ever again accidentally make the mistake of putting towels in the trash can and that we should always WASH OUR HANDS!

Apparently, this was last week some time. So, we made it through all those towels- with no apparent ill effect. Thank You, Lord!

The Things They Say (and do!)

A Picture And 1000 Words

A picture is worth a 1000 words..or so…’they’ say.

I am a word girl. I can’t ever quite seem to grab in photo what imprints on this heart and mind. (But I try… and  O! I am going to keep on- especially since I was just so heart- inspired and pressed deep by a sweet friend’s words about photos and life and love- . So much pressed I am laying it here in ink.)

So this.

This girl. This get-up. It’s all her.

And I, well- lately, I’ve been immersed in a project that has me face to face with photos from 5-8 years ago.. and…little tousled blondie haired boys peer out at me from just a blink ago.

So, I blink,

and here she is. Red, crinkly tutu with golden sequins and trailing ribbon, toes peeking.

My heart.




My girl has found a love outside her windows. Of late, she can be found…hovering. Camera in hand. She is trying to capture. She spies squirrels and birds of all sorts. This spring, our hearts have rejoiced in some bluebirds that have found themselves comfortable about our yard. Beautiful, vibrant birds. I love these photos she took. They capture the intricate, beautiful bird and remind me of our love for these creatures and how we treasure God’s creation.


-photo credit- Abigaile