She is a female, because males only grow to 1.5.” She is 2.” Today’s subject of writing? Cookies. Not flour and gooey chocolate chips, but yellow thighs and rough gray spots, her beloved, newest ectothermic friend. The friendship began days ago. “I found Cookies in the outdoor shower… She was chilling out, because she is nocturnal.” Advertisements
Nature study in our homeschool turned a little loony this week. And it was spotty. And uncolorful… The lake who stretches her clear waters out northward from the base of our slopping property supports an array of wildlife and picture-perfect sunsets…
My father has spent seven decades–more than seventy summers–playing in the dirt. He’s taught my daughter and me a thing or two about keeping a garden. This year, the biggest lessons we’ve learned revolve around growing a garden from seeds. In New England, a gardener must know how to lovingly court seeds on cold winter months … Continue reading 5 Simple Steps to Grow a Garden from Seeds
There were three guys. And three flowers. But no one told them which flower was for which guy. One white rose and two violet irises arrived that sunny June morning at the church on the hill with the tall white steeple. They had been boxed and delivered to the groom and his two groomsmen. For some … Continue reading Blooming With a Story
I’m learning to enjoy a lot of things these days that are… well… pretty unenjoyable. Cow patties, for example. They smell awful.
My 12-year-old and I enjoyed learning new Photography Tips in our self-guided mini Summer Photo Challenge. She was deeply intrigued in the beginning, which revolved around a lazy July morning. I suggested we each take some pictures–a Mother/Daughter Photo Challenge–using some interesting techniques. My young author listened eagerly, immediately seeing potential for improving her blog posts. (Yes, my 12-year-old … Continue reading Photography Tips to Try With Your Child
Yesterday, our usually quiet, docile fields were alive with noisy chaos. Teams of people were working to cut down trees and clear a pasture for rescued horses who need a home, a home that her baby sister is determined to provide. But amidst the chainsaws and sawzalls buzzing and branches and voices rustling, she heard the faint … Continue reading The Fledgling
Our move to NH has officially come full circle. One year ago today marks the end of an almost 6-year process that led our family to our humble New England homestead. One year ago today we became NH residents. We’re still learning our way around the state. We’re even still learning our way around our rocky, forested 14 … Continue reading A flower awakens. A circle closes.
Bittersweet. Summer’s final breath. Boxes, a mini fridge, and baking pans neatly stacked in her van. An exuberant college Junior ready to return to friends and professors and her life, apart from me. This time of year always reminds me that amidst my feelings of sad separation spring joyous pride and immense gratefulness that God helped me … Continue reading Shards of Little Moments
A fascination with creation will never grow old. A child will be mesmerized by creation for a lifetime if they are immersed in nature investigations at a young age. She, 15 short years ago, became entranced by a caterpillar inching its way along our patio. By the age of three, she had a butterfly themed birthday and … Continue reading Investigating. Admiring. Worshiping.