Wednesday, November 6, 2013

A Thousand Sharings

An excerpt from my current reading - 

“...we shall create a thousand strands, great and small,
that will link us together.
Then we shall be so close that it would be impossible
– unthinkable – for either of us to suppose
that we could recreate such closeness with anyone else. 
And our trust in each other will not only
be based on love and loyalty
but on the fact of a thousand sharings
– a thousand strains twisted into something unbreakable.”

The secret of enduring love from A Severe Mercy”

I love it.  I love the image.  
I love the reality of it, too.  

There is always something new to discover 
about your beloved and alongside your beloved.
A new strand to add into the thousands and thousands;
And the bond strengthens.

Me and Mo.  She's part of the strands that bind Scott and I

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Home-school Year Begun (and dealing with Expectations vs. Reality)

I started this post after our first week of school.  2013 school photos.
But, didn't write any of my thoughts.   
Thoughts about the year starting off shaky, 
with the expectations we all had about the school year 
colliding with the reality of each day.
But, on a similar note, my expectation of actually sitting down 
and writing out those thoughts didn't quite come in line with the reality.  
The reality that I never did that.
But, here are the photos of the kids, first day of school.
Home * September * 2013 

Kendall.  2 1/2 years old

Moira.  4 years old

Peyton. 5 years old

Gillian.  Almost 7 at this point

Anyway.  So.  There is the record of our school year beginning.  
With thoughts in my mind, but not much written.
So be it.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

ABC Preschool - where you can join us!

Preschool classes, open for enrollment!

We would like a few children to come and join us through our
themed abc lessons this year.

Each class focus on one letter.
We will practice letter sound and formation.
Each child will receive a fun letter flashcard.
We will also do fun learning based on the letter theme.
There will be books, songs, bible verses, play and snack.

Each 2 hour class will be $30 per child.
The preschool classes will be for children ages 3 and 4.
(We can talk about almost three year olds, and 5 year olds, too,
if you think your child would fit well in this class.  We are flexible.)

**email me at to sign up!
**We're getting started soon!

Here's the general overview and schedule for the rest of 2013

  • a is for apple - September 16th

It's Apple Time!
Apple flavors, art, games, science.
We'll talk seasons and the life of a plant.

  • b is for butterfly - September 30th

and birds, bees, bugs and bats.
We'll explore all these amazing pollinators.
We'll do some dress up and games 
have a big backyard pollinators hunt.

  • c is for chameleon - October 7th

Camouflaging Chameleons are cool!
We'll learn about these crazy lizards.
We will also learn about the color wheel and mixing.
Chameleon's Colors by Chisato Tashiro

  • d is for daisy - October 21st

patterning, matching, daisy family study.
ingredients for growth.
seed and soil study.
What Kind of Seeds are These? by Heidi Roemer

  • e is for egg - November 4th

Fabulous books - 
Chickens aren't the only Ones by Ruth Heller
An Egg is Quiet by Dianna Aston
Shape and size comparison study
Egg art and games

  • f is for fish - November 18th

Learning about fish and friends.
Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
Big Al by Andrew Clements
Fish is Fish by Leo Lionni

  • g is for goose & h is for horse - December 2nd

We are going to learn about farm animals.
The geese and ganders and horses and the sheep...
Barnyard fun.  And a little Mother Goose, too.

  • i is for inchworm - December 16th

We'll read about the inchworm, of course.
We will also learn about measuring length.

  • j is for jellyfish -  January 6th

Jellyfish learning and playing with Ooey-Gooey stuff.

You are welcome to sign up for one class, some classes, or all!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Nine Year Letter

Dear Scott,
Remember this?

Like it was yesterday, right?

Nine Years.  Nine years of being married to you.  This is something I love. 

 Nine years sort of seems like a long time.  But then, not really.
I hope this is just the dawn of our marriage.
I hope it goes on and on for many more years.  (60 or more?!)

Walking this life with you is a privilege and joy.
There are sometimes clouds in our skies, sometimes there is a lot of dirt.
We encounter rocks and weeds along our way.
There are also little wild flowers.  And cultivated ones, too.
Refreshing waters and soft grasses.

But the looking behind and ahead and in the right now, the view is really beautiful.

Things look lovely, standing here with you.  

Happy anniversary my love!

Your wife (Erin)

*First photo is our wedding.  Obviously.
Following photos are from our anniversary date,
Early morning hike at Wilder Ranch State Preserve Santa Cruz.
Then we had one of the best breakfasts ever at Cafe Brasil.
Brazilian food?  YUM.  I tried to do a Brazilian dinner tonight, in fond memory.
It did not compare.  I need to work on this.  But, I am not complaining.
It will be a fun work.
We bummed around the rest of our day, after breakfast,
shopping and walking and exploring more.
We bought the kids shark teeth and the Daddy told them a tale about Sharks at Wilder.
They were in awe.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

What's Left

I am not sure if there is much life left in this blog.  
But, for what it is worth, I'll post some pictures, in case there is anyone who cares.
And, just for me, because I like to look at pictures on my own blog.

We are excited for the school year to begin.
We had a great summer, staying fairly mellow and near to home.

ice cream making


hair cuts by mom

hair cuts by professionals

summer company from Spain




Wow!  Look what Auntie Kim hooked!!
Home Improvement

look at this man's garden!

Brother David's Wedding in Carmel Valley to Tisha!

New grass!  Playing in the sprinkler!