Wednesday, November 19, 2014

“If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together... there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart... I'll always be with you.”
A.A. Milne


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

coming home

drive home

Driving west toward Wisconsin last Thursday afternoon.
The light in this part of Iowa has delighted me more than once.
The road rides up high with farms on both sides of the road, slopping downward.
It's feels like flying a bit.
No trees to block the sun or the view.
It's my favorite place to the perfect time of day.

There are two ways of getting home; and
one of them is to stay there. The other is to 
walk round the whole world til we come
back to the same place.
~CK Chesterton

Encourage one another,

hat tip to Corey Amaro for the splendid quote

Monday, November 17, 2014

Snow is for the heart.

Let's go play in the snow!! #earlymorningromp

Early morning romp with Katie and Ginny.
Ginny loves snow as much as she loves water.
Which is a lot.



Encourage one another,

Saturday, November 15, 2014





I like this because of the light on the baby's head.
Fresh from the womb.




Benjamin Button: I was thinking how nothing lasts, and what a shame that is.
Daisy: Some things last.

Encourage one another,

Friday, November 14, 2014

Ezekiel James is here!

So tiny! So quiet! Welcome Ezekiel James. Melinda, stop being so gorgeous three hours post delivery!!

Matthew and Melinda had baby #3 on Monday!

 (I went to Omaha to watch the big boys for them.
I didn't want to tell on the blog because Katie was home alone most of the time...and the door might be open.  So I had to be kind of quiet about it. )

Doesn't Melinda look fantastic three hours post delivery?
That's just not right!

Ezekiel is very little. Burping time is a good time to see his sweet face and funny expressions. This is nearly a smile :o)

Burping time is a good time to see his sweet face and funny expressions.

I see a little smile :o)

He loves when I kiss him!! #asher

Here I am with Asher.  He is four now.  I am kissing him and he is trying to get away!
He was very sweet with the new baby.

There we go. All three boys up today. Patty cake with daddy. #matthew #malachi

Malachi is 18 months old.  He wanted to touch everything in the hospital room and push the baby bassinet around.  He is a beautiful busy boy!

Ezekiel is quiet and sleepy.
He weighed seven pounds even but looks so small....especially compared to his big brothers.

My friend Bonnie who also has three little boys told me something sweet she says when people tell her that her hands are full.

She says her heart is fuller!

I'm so proud to be Yaya to these three precious boys and their remarkable parents.

How I look forward to seeing the little person Ezekiel becomes.

More pictures tomorrow!

Encourage one another,

Friday, November 07, 2014

Freshman year upate.

This is my ideal school setting.

But in reality....

The local high school experience has been fantastic so far.

Katie is doing so well in her new school and classes.
She likes French class.

And she likes MATH!

She was well prepared by her little parochial school for the rigor of high school.
She was not encouraged very much...and left feeling kind of dumb, etc.
Doing extremely well at high school is a wonderful thing for her confidence!

I'm so proud and thankful.

So when it comes to our choices we make for our children and ourselves...

I mean it.

Encourage one another,

Thursday, November 06, 2014


One hundred years later.

Seen from the air...

Art meets loss.

So moving.


not wasted

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Lost on Flickr

Or should I in flickr....



Model Fatigue




Well. this could go on all day.

“Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.”
Henri CArtier-Bresson

Encourage one another,

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Death Comes to Pemberley

Death Comes to Pemberley

Have you read the book?
Have you watched the mini series?

I have just watched this on Masterpiece theater.  It grew on me and I can recommend it to you all.

A well known mystery writer PD James wrote the novel Death Comes to Pemberley.
I didn't read it.  I couldn't imagine I would liked it.  At all.
But then I stumbled upon the mini series and I started watching.

Eventually I got used to this Lizzy and this Darcy and this Wickham and this Lydia.
They looked different...but they acted the same as the characters I am so familiar with.

It's a great mystery movie....set in the loveliest of places with people I have grown to adore.

I really liked it.

Perhaps someone brighter than I would find fault with someone toying with Jane's story....
And I am usually quite snobby about my Darcy and Lizzy...must be Firth and one else...
ever.  never.

But gosh.  I loved this.


I am frightfully afraid of what is being done to Into the Woods.  It is being made into a movie and from the clips I have sounds off and weird to me.
I will be there.
I will watch it on Christmas day.

I hope I am as surprised with Into the Woods as I was with Death Comes to Pemberley.

Monday, November 03, 2014

Ginny is Three

Happy Birthday Ginny Potter Harper Daisy Glyman Boucher!! We love you sweet girl.  #three years old


Here she is with her mommy.


On the drive home.





oh honey



We love her so much.

What a good dog.
~Barbara Woodhouse

Friday, October 31, 2014

Thursday, October 30, 2014

In which the girls rake.

Just out of the hospital, are you?

Very sorry to hear that.

Here's a rake.








Learned this from Matthew.



Crunchy and comfy.

“The leaves fall, the wind blows, and the farm country slowly changes from the summer cottons into its winter wools.” 
~Henry Beston

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Halloween movies @ Pdubs website


I wrote a post for the Entertainment section at The Pioneer Woman's website again.

It's for Halloween movies.

Halloween Movies for Chickens

Have you seen Misery?  
Kathy Bates' wardrobe = My wardrobe-the homeschool years.
That's scary too.

Have you seen all the movies on the list?

 Miz BOO

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

I will.


~From the Chicago Tribune of my childhood

My little corner of the world.

“If by my life or death I can protect you, I will. ”

In searching for a perfect 'light' quote, 
I found the above Tolkien quote.

Tears sprang to my eyes.
I have felt that much stronger than ever before.
My girl is vulnerable.
I  want to move into her apartment and
sleep in her bed and touch her face in the night.

But, we are being brave.
Her friends are watching out for her.
God bless them.

Nonetheless, my heart aches.
I want to be there.
But my place is here.

Here I hope.
Here I wait.
Here I count the days.

It will get easier.
With every day that passes and every brave step she takes.
It will get easier.

It has to be.


Monday, October 27, 2014

Beauty is all around.

Story time in Lincoln Square.

Strollers lined up outside a book store in Lincoln Square.
Story time.


I am reading Peace Like a River by Leif Enger.  Many of the QL readers recommended it.
Emma has finished it is impatient with me to finish it.

Emma loves this quote;

“Fair is whatever God wants to do.”   

Here is another favorite;

“I remember it as October days are always remembered, cloudless, maple-flavored, the air gold and so clean it quivers.” 

Beautiful words.
Beautiful images.

Raking up our piles of good.

Encourage one another,

Saturday, October 25, 2014

“Sometimes heroism is nothing more than patience, curiosity, and a refusal to panic.”

Hello friends,

I wanted to give you an update on how Emma is doing.
We went to the neurologist appointment.
She asked a ton of questions.
She did not answer ours.

Filling out forms. Lots of questions.

She thinks Emma will do well on the medicine.

We are glad there is medicine that is effective.
But they don't know why.


My daughter in law Melinda said, even if Emma did not have
a grand mal seizure and they learned she had the little seizures (absence seizures)  they would have put her on meds for those. ..the little ones....She said, they don't even want you to have those.  Which I didn't really understand because they were so unnoticeable.  But something is going on in her brain that should not be going on.  So they like to calm it down with the drugs.

It made sense to me.  Thank you nursing student Melinda for being able to explain something we asked three different ways to the neurologist.


Emma has been seizure free for eight days!  She is almost to the full dose they want her on and she will be relieved to get there.   The side effects are not terrible.

r.e.l.a.x.   #yogi #healing #aaron

We are hoping and praying that the medicine works as expected.

Thank you all of the love and care and thoughts and prayers.

I am incredibly blessed.

Love you.
Mean it.


“Sometimes heroism is nothing more than patience, curiosity, and a refusal to panic.” 
~Leif Enger