Ordering the Day

I have a schedule. Up at 6:15, breakfast at 7, morning chores until 9..a real list of the times I ought to be engaged in actual activities. I’m still adjusting to it, but it feels like a healthy choice. My mind forgets easily and is distracted by so many things. How can I teach my…

Tuesdays..

Up at 6am because the baby-who-is-getting-big is awake and ready to dance. Seth makes coffee this morning even though it’s on my daily schedule: 6:15 – make coffee and breakfast. Nobody makes breakfast. I’m driving him to the shop, where he’ll meet the other guys and take thenwork truck down to the cathedral. They’re painting…

Bonfires and Contentment

This evening my husband threw me the birthday-bonfire I’d been hoping for. Our family and our dearest friends with their children, just hanging out around the fire. I’d made chili and the stuff for s’mores. My husband made s’more cocktails which were delicious. My brother came down from his hide-away at the rodzina house and…

Naptime..

My oldest child is too grown up for naps..while her brother sleeps she is careful to find quiet play. Today, she is looking at a book about Frida Khalo and sharing drinks with me. We have wild blackberries ripening just outside the door, bee balm blossoming everywhere, and a delicious tonic water. All together, a…

A year for Beauty..

The Pope has declared a year of mercy: a beautiful, necessary thing. I’ve spent this year so far seeking mercy for myself, and within myself – for others. Each night we pray a section of the holy father’s prayer for this year of mercy and hold in our hearts those in most need of mercy….