The house of tomorrow


Foster care

I always say that Ryan is the one who had fostering in his blood, not me. But tonight I remembered a poem I loved before I was married. I used to sing it to myself, because it got inside my heart and tugged. Maybe it was a premonition. I never thought so then. Foster Baby […]

October 11, 2014

The mayhem and the macabre


Life around home

We had a lot of drama this summer. You wouldn’t think it, since the walls are still standing and the sunlight is slanting gently down on the goats’ pen. But we did, in our small way. Once in our yard we found an unfortunate starling—as Dickens would say, dead as a doornail. We trust he […]

September 25, 2014

Ten tips for busy moms


Foster care, Life around home

Confession: I forgot what it was like to be a really busy mommy. I had four kids this week instead of three—the fourth a precious boy we got to parent for a week and a half. I’m probably not allowed to say more than that, and I can’t post any pictures of him here even […]

August 21, 2014

A brief emotive lexicon


Life around home

Bewildered: (adj.) The feeling I get when listening to this conversation. “Hey Kelly, can you see my head?” “No.” “Can you see my finguhs?” “No.” “Can you see my feet?” “No. Now let me ask you some questions. Can you see my arms?” “No.” “Can you see my face?” “No.” “Can you see my toes?” […]

August 14, 2014

Iced coffee


Food

Well, it’s been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon. We realized with a small shock we’re two-thirds of the way through summer vacation. How did that happen? Oh well. Pour out another round of iced coffee; we’ll need the boost before this is all over… Iced Coffee 2 cups water 1 cup sugar 1/4 to […]

July 19, 2014

Camping


Out and about

We have some history at this campground. We remember it, as we drive the tent stakes and hang the clothesline and send the kids to the playground. There was the time I dropped Ryan’s phone by the pool. I reached out my foot to break the fall, and the phone skittered forward toward the water, […]

June 9, 2014