I Left a Piece of My Heart In Upstate NY

Well, (that’s a deep subject, my Mom would always say…)  its true – in the beginning when you have those little ones and you can’t get enough sleep and you’re changing countless diapers and refereeing squabbles all day – you take each precious moment and store it up in your heart and mind.  The smell at the back of your newborn’s neck.  The chubby hand holding yours.  The fifth time through “Good Night Moon”.   The lisps, the grins, the words like “pasgetti” and “gymnasnicks”.  A lot of times you have to reach for it through the bone-tiredness, but you do recognize the joy and preciousness of it all… I used to nod and smile at the older generation every time they told me “Enjoy it…”.    I wanted to say “I AM –  as much as I can!!” The days feel endless.  But the years are fast.

Saturday we dropped off our oldest to work at a camp for 2 months – she’s 17 and eager to be independent.  I’m happy for her and so excited to see the opportunities that are opening up for her as she pursues her interests and finishes her education!  But my heart aches, too.  This summer isn’t really a big deal.  But I know it’s the beginning of the next phase.  She’ll come back a different person and soon she’ll be spreading her wings and heading out into the world for good…

I’ve enjoyed every minute as much as I can,  AND it does go fast…  photo

5 Confessions of a Homeschooler

School books

Another list today!  Not all of you homeschool, but if you do, or are considering it, I hope this is an encouragement to you.  If not, you will get a glimpse into our lives…

1. My kids are unsocialized – they get along with each other, relate to people of all ages, and don’t care that they don’t have an iPod or a cool pair of sneakers.
2. I don’t have a teaching degree, know a foreign language, and stink at algebra (in fact, I really don’t know what I am doing at all), YET my kids have two important life skills – how to learn and a love for learning. Continue reading 5 Confessions of a Homeschooler

Five Minute Friday: World

World: what a great word for today! When I think about our world now, it is no longer just my safe suburban neighborhood or the woods I grew up safely wandering – coming home dirty, bug bitten and tired.Haiti 2013-1 226

Now its the world next-door, Continue reading Five Minute Friday: World

Best Ways For Reaching Joy…

RaindropsWe had another one of those gloomy New England days here, where the clouds hang low but it doesn’t rain.  Something as simple as sunshine or the lack of it makes a big difference in my outlook!  So I thought it was a good time to post the top things Continue reading Best Ways For Reaching Joy…

Kombucha part 2

Finally, as promised, I am posting the follow-up to my kombucha post.   If you’ve followed the steps there, you should be ready to flavor and bottle your brew – and get the next batch going!

Tea for kombucha
Tea for Kombucha

First, you want to brew some tea just like you did in part 1.  (Boil 4 cups filtered water, and add 1 cup white sugar and 10 bags (or the equivalent of loose) black tea.  You can also include some green & white tea.  I have been using 4 black, and 3 each green & white.   Let this cool to room temperature. Continue reading Kombucha part 2