Saturday, August 31, 2013

What happens?

When your PopPop has MS
and takes a tumble
through the hospital 
and into a rehab center? 

When your Gramma has Dementia
and will stay with you 
for 2-4 weeks 
while he recovers? 

When it's week four of school 
and you have 
six-month-old puppies 
in ninety-degree heat? 

Walk the pups around the block 

Wonder why the leaves are already changing colors

Make tea, trying all three chai kinds in the drawer

Read on the patio swing in the shade, tea in hand and pups at play

Visit PopPop


Breathe thanks that solving the equation isn't up to you.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Goodbye Wisdom Teeth


It's officially been a week since I bid them adieu. Though still recovering, I can now eat small bites of solid food. Looking forward to the day I can crunch into a carrot, but I'm thankful for  
restful weekend, 
get-well-soon-cards from my sisters,
flowers picked from the backyard,
caring family, 
pain reliever, 
frozen peas,
flexible school schedule, 
puppies calm enough for cuddling,
reading the rest of this book
a cozy quilt,
little swelling,

Thursday, August 15, 2013

getting older, growing up

Lately, I've been seeing a theme of getting older and growing up. . .

  • The puppies are over 20 weeks old. They have officially been with us more than half their lives.

  • I've been driving. To Bible study. To church youth events. To dance. It's handy, but still gives me a slightly strange feeling.  

  • I've begun my junior year of high school. I'm doing pre-calculus, world history and literature, chemistry, and do I really just have two years left of high school?! 

  • I finished reading The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr. It is about a girl who spends the book trying to recognize herself as the protagonist of her story. Interesting to see her growth. 

  • I am currently reading The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. One of it's main characters is a French girl, Paloma, who doesn't see any reason to become an adult. 

I've been thinking about the relationship between getting older and growing up. They go hand in hand, but I don't think they are synonymous. I think getting older occurs because of the physical consequences of time, where as growing up occurs through the mental maturity resulting in wisdom.

If those definitions are valid, I agree with the little French girl. There is no point in becoming an adult if it means simply getting older.

I'll happily get older, however, if I also grow up.

(hoping I don't lose any wisdom when all four of my wisdom teeth are removed this weekend. . . :) 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Saturday Funnies

Courtesy of the pups and their flower toy~

The pups and their t-shirts~  

And an ornery squirrel~ 

Happy Saturday! 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Sweet Things

~ this avocado chocolate mousse. We found it to be delectable (In case you decide to try it: we used about a half cup more almond milk than the recipe called for)

~ berries in season

~ Momma and Daddy celebrating their anniversary

~ youth pastor's darling two-month-old girl

~ her adoring fans (a.k.a. everyone around her :)

~ pups watching a butterfly outside the sliding glass door

~ Middle Sister helping Youngest Sister tune her cello

~ thinking about Nana. Today would have been her 90th birthday

~ her love of travel, and the way she asked about "her mountains" after we visited Glacier National Park on her birthday last year

Something not so sweet? Monday marked our first day of school. It's good to get back to some routine, but the first days are always a bit rough. I suppose you could call it a rocky road. That reminds me. . .

~ cherry chocolate chip soy ice cream. I'm still enamored with this treat from Trader Joe's!