My Attempt to Beat Summer

So I'd just like to brag and say...I've been a super good sport this summer. I'm almost 9 months pregnant in August and I feel that I have kept griping about the heat to an absolute minimum...most of the time. But it's starting to get to me. Big time. I have mentally prepared myself for more miserable heat until next Monday but after that I'm throwing a pregnancy hissy fit if it hasn't started to … [Read more...]

My Happiest Memory

 Last week at prenatal yoga, we did a pose for an extended period of time and our instructor asked us to think of our happiest memory. “What IS my happiest memory?” I thought. Nothing immediately jumped out at me. I considered the usual: wedding day, engagement, Benjamin’s birth, all days filled with joy, but none of them seemed as if they were hands down the happiest so I kept thinking. Then a … [Read more...]

Week 34 Pregnancy Update

Great appointment with my midwife on Wednesday! Lucy seems to already be head down in the right position which is wonderful and her heartbeat sounds beautifully strong. I'm staying healthy as well and I can't believe that we will be meeting her in 6ish weeks! The only negative news is that I tested positive for Group B strep and so will need to show up to the hospital earlier than I had hoped to … [Read more...]

Hello, Third Trimester

It's 4am and I am battling some lovely third trimester insomnia due to: A: Waking up to pee every two hours. B: Hearing a weird rustling in the ceiling that may have been "the wretched mouse." (We haven't seen or heard from TWM for weeks, thank goodness, he/she back?) C: Inexplicable hunger. D: The heat of August that doesn't seem to be letting up anytime soon. E: A giant … [Read more...]

The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

I love Botticelli. His images of Our Lady are probably my favorite. This one is titled "Madonna of the Magnificat" but I thought of it today on the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary because the angels in the upper section are crowning her Queen of Heaven. In the image, she is writing down the beautiful poetry, the Magnificat, from the Gospel of Luke when she tells Elizabeth: My soul doth … [Read more...]

Life Update: Housemates, Date Nights, Friends, and a Question

Well, we found them: the world's greatest housemates. Our dear friends, Brian and Lois, moved into our third bedroom/library a couple of weeks ago and will be with us as they raise support for doing long-term missions in Nepal. It is so fun to have them around to share meals with and they could not be more helpful and great. This is our fourth endeavor into communal living and we feel like we are … [Read more...]

The Tree of Life

Daniel and I went to see Terence Malick's The Tree of Life on Saturday, partly because we've been meaning to see it and partly because our favorite little artsy movie theatre in town (Miracle 5) closed on Sunday and we wanted to go one last time. The Tree of Life takes place in Waco, TX where we lived for six years and much of it was filmed there. It was fun to see town landmarks like the ALICO … [Read more...]


Triumph 1: This is Little Bear's 3rd day of wearing big boy undies and having NO ACCIDENTS. Not one. What a little guy. Does that mean he's potty trained? When do we celebrate? Triumph 2: I successfully taught a 45 minute ballet/movement class to SEVENTEEN 3 and 4-year olds. 17! Did you hear that? SEVENTEEN?! Since I taught a 3 and 4-year-old class last year of only four little babies that … [Read more...]