Thursday, August 30, 2012

Today I Will Laugh


Today I have taken a vow. I will laugh.

I am so serious about this, that I have made a sign to remind me. Out of orange construction paper (classy!), hung in the most noticeable place in the house: a constant reminder that, actually, this life of mine is hilarious!

Sometimes it gets so crazy I feel like crying. Or pulling my hair out. Or running out to the back yard and taking a deep, deep breath... 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

High Five for Five Years!

Well, I don't technically remember high five-ing, but it was certainly our demeanor on our absolutely perfect getaway to the beautiful Peaks of Otter Lodge. 

We checked into our room and then hopped in the car to get to the winery just in time. We purchased a bottle of wine to enjoy with our picnic on the lake!

Here's where we set up:

Hard to beat that view!

Sunday, August 19, 2012


 When I said we live in a whirlwind...

I wasn't joking!


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Then and Now

Well, I hope to write about our absolutely wonderful little getaway to the mountains in due time, but since we unintentionally left our camera in Lynchburg, and I absolutely refuse to do a post without pictures, I'm stuck until my sweet sister-in-law gets it to me through the mail. In the meantime, I thought it would be fun to do a little then-and-nowing. It's always fun to see how people age. 
(And golly, children sure age people in a hurry!)

Here we are the week we got engaged, August of 2006:

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Where I said yes...

After a wonderful whirlwind of a Summer Break, we've been thrown into another wonderful whirlwind of a new school year. We're back at it full force; Daddy's working hard to cram an impossible amount of information into his already-packed long-term memory, and I am bustling about the home front tending to the house, the children, the garden, the laundry, cleaning, cooking, and a bit of home-pre-schooling to boot! 

(Asher is learning to trace the letters he can already recognize.) 
Children are ten times smarter than we think they are!

On Riley's final day of school last year, he came home with this sweet card to celebrate our completion of such a trying (but blessed!) year...

Attending it were flowers and chocolates, of course.
He's good like that...

Inside the card were words of praise, excitement about the Summer ahead, and an unexpected gift. This Saturday we will celebrate five years of marriage, and he told me in that card his plans to whisk me away to the spot he proposed to me for an overnight getaway the weekend of our anniversary! Oh joy!

The precious drawing on my card was of the Peaks of Otter, two of the tallest peaks in the area, found in the midst of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. 

Wouldn't you like to live here??