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Boots, Saddles, and Smiles...

Have I mentioned how lucky we have been in life to meet so many kind and generous people? It's true. We have been so fortunate to be welcomed into the hearts and lives of many families through the years. This weekend has been one reminder after another of just how blessed a life we live thanks to those warm hearts.

Today Lexi and I got to join a friend and her horses for a morning ride. Lexi has been dreaming of this day since we first visited the horses this spring as we planned/prepped our joint family garden out near their pasture. I will admit, I have been pretty excited for a chance to go riding as well. The days when I could spend endless hours in the company of a horse were so long ago, but my love for them as companions has never faded.

Sharing a ride with my daughter today was both incredibly exciting and terrifying. On one hand my overly protective mother bear instinct kicks in every time I look at those beautiful beasts and think how it wouldn't take much for one to squish her like a grape. On the other hand I have to remember that at her age I often spent my summer days out in the pasture on the back of my trusted stead miles from home, alone, without a cell phone, simply riding. Those times are, hands down, my favorite childhood memories.

I've had to repeatedly remind myself lately that I can't protectively hold onto my girls so tightly that I don't allow them to experience LIFE. It's a hard instinct on which to turn down the volume for me, but for my sanity (and theirs), it's something I need to continually work on balancing as we venture into the tween years. Without trusting the universe to take care of my girls when I can not I wouldn't get to experience the pure joy that comes with smiles like these, and what a shame that would be.

Today was a good day. It was a gift. I have tucked away each moment from it in my heart. And I know a certain no-longer-a-little-girl who has done the same, already anticipating the next day she gets to hangout with her buddy Dakota.

Thank you Morgan for sharing your love and kindness (and your horses) with us today and always!



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Today while I sat in a classroom supervising students as they worked on their math assignments, I watched Lexi through the window enjoying time with her friends during recess. My heart smiled.

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Every day I walk into my school for work without a second thought to my personal safety, just as I'm sure each of those teachers, paras, custodians, sectretaries, etc in Newtown did this morning. 
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DIY: Reusable Produce Bags

With Earth Day festivities gearing up for tomorrow, I thought I'd take a moment to post a short DIY tutorial on making your own reusable cloth produce bags. (Tutorial inspired by my favorite crafty mom blog, Crazy Mom Quilts. Produce bags inspired by running into my friend Laura at the grocery store while she was stuffing her produce into these.) This is my next step in the fight against the excessive use of plastic bags.

Our family has been making small environmentally minded changes in our daily lives over the past few years. We use reusable shopping bags. We've stopped buying/using Ziploc bags and plastic wrap. I'm trying to commute around town via bike more. I'm being more mindful about where the food we buy comes from and how it was produced. We more often hang our laundry on the line to dry in the spring and summer instead of just throwing it in the dryer. (Which is convenient at the moment since our dryer has decided to quit drying.) As we use up chemically clean…

Sunday Morning Silly...

Once in a while Dando's curiosity urges him to venture off the bookshelf so he check out other toys in the house.

I think he thinks Froggy is missing a few marbles.