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Hellooooo...

It's official...we have moved. Our house is a maze of boxes and furniture waiting to find its final resting place, but the worse of the hot & heavy work of loading and unloading from one house to the the next is thankfully a thing of the past! Last night I even managed to scrape together our first home cooked meal thanks to the grill and some tin foil.


This picture makes me laugh. It looks about like how I felt by dinner time last night. Crooked, a bit off color, and poorly framed. Even so...it feels good to have something to share...and it feels good to be able to post thanks to the Carlisle public library, which is a short 5 block bike ride from our new abode.

I've written several blog posts in my head over the past few days as I've been emotionally process all this change. Who knows if they will ever make it to the screen...I guess only time will tell.

Until next time...whenever that may be...


peace

Finding Time to Pause...

Things around here have been a bit crazy lately...as you can probably imagine. This week we will officially sell our Grinnell house, purchase our Carlisle house, pack up our belongings, and make The Move. Much of my time as of late has been spent playing with boxes. Sorting, packing, trashing...it's been both cathartic and overwhelming. But once in a while I get to pause and simply enjoy the moments of life that still find time to happen in amongst all the chaos. Like the other day when Lexi decided she was going to help Brea practice writing her letters...




I am thankful for life's simply joys...even when life feels less than simple.


Side note: The Move is happening on Saturday. After that time my access to the Internet is going to be very limited for a bit...possibly for a few weeks or even a couple of months. You'll be the first to know when we are fully functioning in the modern world again. I'm looking forward to being able to share with you our adventures as we exp…

Taking a Leap...

This is amazing and beautiful and peaceful...



Made for artistic impression...yes. But the calm with which he approaches the jump is amazing and gorgeous. What a wonderful reminder of how beautiful taking a leap of faith can be.

peace

An Undisclosed Location...

In early March Scott announced that he had made plans for us to celebrate our anniversary AWAY this weekend. I was given no details except that a bit of a drive would be involved and reservations had been made. Friday after Scott got home from work we loaded up and headed east...


to the the Mississippi River...


to a B&B associated with a winery which we had visited a few years back on a wine tour event with friends. We arrived with approximately 36 hours of unplanned time. We love schedule free trips like this and the free moments they provide to explore whatever strikes our interest in the moment. Here's a few things I learned/was reminded of during our time away:
Small river towns have a really weird social dynamic that I don't think I will ever fully understand.No matter how many times I see the Mississippi, I think I will always be amazed by its presence.
The communities that have sprung up on Old Man River's banks, and that are carved into the surrounding bluffs, are …

15...

15 years ago today I married a cute boy with whom I had fallen in love. We were so young. In some ways so naive. Yet we knew that it takes a lot of love, a lot of work, and a little luck to make a marriage work for years and years to come.


Today we celebrate the anniversary of our union in the company of our two beautiful daughters.


We've traveled together down life's road through all sorts of hills and valleys. We have had our share of challenges...as a couple...as individuals. We know that there are hills and valleys left to traverse in the years to come. But at the end of the day regardless of the journey we have never lost focus on the important of traveling with love and compassion as our map. Neither of us is perfect or above making mistakes. We will always have to work to grow as individuals and as a couple if our journey together is to continue. But together we have somehow figured out a beautiful harmony that, at least I know in my case, makes living a life sprinkled wi…

The Challenges of Parenting...

Photo by Zink Photography

Just when you think you kinda have the parenting thing figured out, your oldest grows into a new stage and you have to start all over figuring things out. Parenting can be exhausting that way!

Yesterday I spent a couple hours at Lexi's school for some of their last day activities. I was so touched by the number of teachers who made a point to come up to me and wish us well as we prepare to move in a few weeks. They made sure I knew just how much Lexi would be missed at Fairview Elementary. Time and time again I heard compliments about her kind, caring personality and how much of a positive influence she has been on so many of her peers. I was both proud and humbled knowing that while Scott and I try to steer her in the right direction, much of her personality is simply a reflection of who SHE is. She is a friend to everyone, often taking time to befriend the student who is shy, or new in school, or to include the classmate who others would choose to leave o…