Thursday, May 18, 2017

A Plethora of Milestones

Last week end was a whirling mass of milestones converging.  We had a high school graduate!  Dancing Child walked the walk and received his diploma in style.  

The lovely Daughter graduated from college far away in beautiful Virginia!  We all piled into the car and drove together to rejoice mightily with our Summa Cum Laude girl!!  
 We met two sons at the airport:  one coming from college out in California and one coming from work in the Midwest.  

We saw Gettysburg.  We ate, drank lovely wine, hiked, and enjoyed the beauty of Virginia and the Shenandoah river.  

 Then we piled back into the car and drove back home.  It was a lovely time.  A proud time.  A time of great memories.  

A wonderful time to be a Mom.  

Monday, May 8, 2017

The Beauty of Bread

All the ingredients:  oats, wheat flour, raisins, pecans, honey, molasses, BUTTER!

Nothing random about baking bread.  The directions must be followed!


The smell from the oven, the taking of the loaves out of the pan, the glory of loaves all in a row.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Little Things Thursday: Morning Walk

Rose bushes on fire.  Obviously, they catch the eye with brightness and share their beautiful, sweet scent with the world around them.  

 But when you get closer there are many of them hidden in the leaves below the top layer of "extroverts" bobbing in the full  sunlight  above them.   
 There are people like that.  I know one.  He is a wonderful, soft spoken young man whom Willy Wonka describes so well when he says to Charlie Bucket, " And YOU, you're just happy to be here!" This young man, David by name, is just happy to be here.  This young man, David, is like these hidden roses.
 He asks for nothing, he works very hard at his acting, he does all the non shiny things like putting up backdrop curtains and fixing stage pieces.  He hauls, carries, and smiles quietly through it all.  I love people like David.  They remind me of how Our Lady and St. Joseph must have been to their neighbors in Nazareth.  Graciousness born of humility.  

And the best thing is:  they have NO idea how beautiful they are!  So here's to David and all those like him hidden in the leaves of life.  We see you and we thank God for you.  

Sunday, April 30, 2017

That's a Wrap!!

Sense and Sensibility this week.  So proud of each and every one of these marvelous teens.  Actors, crew, builders, seamstresses, painters, and musical composers.  Bravo!  I salute you!  I couldn't have asked for better or more enthusiastic kids.

John and Fanny Dashwood

 Elinor and Edward Ferrars
 Marianne and Willoughby
 Marianne and Colonel Brandon
 The Dashwoods

 Lucy Steele and Robert Ferrars