Tagged with traditions

The Littlest’s Tree

The Littlest’s Tree

Four years ago, *A* and I were finishing our master’s degrees, living in a little townhouse with a tiny front porch (stoop, really).  I was away for much of the week each week during that spring semester, working as a museum technician at Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site. I came home on Fridays, but it … Continue reading

Hiking at Hanging Rock State Park

Hiking at Hanging Rock State Park

This past weekend, *A* and I took advantage of the beautiful weather by spending Saturday at Hanging Rock State Park in North Carolina.  It’s about an hour and a half from our house, and though we’ve hiked in many of the state parks around us, it’s one we hadn’t visited yet. It’s a beautiful place, … Continue reading

A Whole Lotta Love

A Whole Lotta Love

*A* and I are spending a quiet day at home today, which suits us just fine. It’s frigid outside, super windy, we’re both recovering from rather nasty colds, and as I’ve spent much of the week being a bachelor (*A*’s been at a counseling conference for the past several days, like she did last year), I’m … Continue reading

Distractions…

Distractions…

The holidays have been a bit weird for us this year.  They seemed to swoop down upon us, with Christmas following just a day or two behind Thanksgiving, and now it’s New Year’s Eve.  Their swiftness has probably been a good thing.  I don’t think any waiting-for-a-while-but-ever-hopeful adoptive family will tell you that they have … Continue reading

Now for October Eves!

Now for October Eves!

It’s no secret that October is our most favorite of months. I mentioned our love for Octobers and all the lovely things of fall quite a few times last year: here, here, and here are just three examples.   This first weekend of October, we’re spending our evenings watching a a movie and eating *A*’s most fantastic baked apple … Continue reading

The 6:18 tradition

The 6:18 tradition

Today’s my birthday, number 33! I woke up to a fantastic breakfast of *A*’s new specialty coconut-crusted stuffed french toast.  She’s working on my old-fashioned birthday cake as we speak.  I’m so lucky to have such a great partner.  It’s the icing on the cake (pun completely intended) to have a fantastic baker and cook … Continue reading

Oh, Hello Again, August

Oh, Hello Again, August

August.  It’s always been a month of transition for me, always a feeling of ending one thing and moving on to the next.  Maybe that’s because it’s my birthday month, but looking back, there seem to be all sorts of elements of change that occurred in August.  Historically speaking, throughout my loooong educational career-to-date, it’s … Continue reading

Spread a Little Sunshine

Spread a Little Sunshine

I’ve done it.  Made my very first quilt.  Well, quilted picnic blanket, actually.  But the word “quilt” is in there, so that’s  good enough to claim as a “first” in my book. I saw this project quite a while back and thought I might one day tackle it.  Coupled with our love of being outdoors, traveling, and … Continue reading

Ready for it

Ready for it

 On this Father’s Day, which did not turn out to be my first, it feels impossible to hide my longing to be a dad.  I’m happy for all those dads around me who are celebrating today.  And I wish my own dad a happy day, though I’m not there to celebrate with him.  Still, you … Continue reading

Chin Up, Buttercup

Chin Up, Buttercup

Daffodils (with the somehow sunnier, springier name “buttercups”) and I go way back. They have to be one of my favorite flowers.  I remember my grandmother always looking forward to seeing them pop up in the early, early spring (before it’s official by the calendar).  She called them “jonquils.”  As a grown-up, I have now … Continue reading

Back in the Saddle Again

Back in the Saddle Again

Hello there! Remember us?  Yeah, it’s been a while.  After being gently poked, prodded, and finally jerked back into reality by a couple of caring and devoted readers (thanks, Mom and Sherry) who were wondering what was going on (and if we’d collectively fallen in a ditch somewhere)  I realized that I needed to climb … Continue reading