Posted in Photo-a-day challenge

CitySonnet. Goodbye August: August 31, 2019

I’ll miss summer afternoons and evenings the most. There’s something lovely about the days staying light till late evening: the warmth, the afternoon glow, and spontaneous strolls. This is our first summer since Ellis’ birth that we’ve had many playdates and outings. Sure we’re still overly vigilant about germs, but she is

When I became a new mom, someone told me to enjoy summers with your kids, because time passes quickly. Parents get to spend about 18 summers with kids before they go to college or embark on other adventures.

It’s hard to savor this time when you’re exhausted from raising kids, yet I understand how I’ll miss being in this season of life with them. The best is that they still love to cuddle, take bunch of silly selfies with you, and tag along everywhere you go.

Summertime is always the best of what might be.
                                      – Charles Bowden

Summer picnic
Summer dance recital
Fun times with friends

Thanks Citysonnet for this August challenge!

Posted in Photography

A Photo a Week: The Things that Matter Most

Thank you Nancy for hosting this challenge. So fun reminiscing while looking for these photos. 

https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2018/12/14/a-photo-a-week-challenge-the-things-that-matter-most/

This is one of my all-time favorite photos of me and Chris. It was taken with a regular camera, so I don’t have a digital copy of it. 

We took this photo in Central Park after he proposed in front of my apartment door in NYC. Both of us were graduate students at the time and limited on time and resources, so it didn’t seem too nerdy that he proposed with a power point presentation. At that point in our relationship, he could do no wrong in my eyes. Now, well…let’s just say that relationships evolve/ mature over time and I’ve come to love all the weirdness and idiosyncrasies about him.    

My second favorite picture of my little peeps. Picture day, and Elliot was not too happy with the tie so much. 
Posted in Homeschool Adventures

Cheers for an awesome 2018-2019 school year

School is or almost in session for fall 2018. On social media, I see pictures of kids heading off to school, kids smiling for the camera holding “First day of ……,” and all the back-to school shopping ads. Beyond these first few days, I hope everyone has a splendid, productive, memorable, and discovery-filled year!!

The cooler weather is helping me transition from summer to school. But I’m telling myself that summer vacation is over and that it’s time to move on. How does time pass so quickly? It really does: scary how fast time flies. Every summer my kids are bigger, more opinionated, more adventurous, and definitely more against listening to the wise words of mommy.

Before I know it, they will be older and they will want to spend time with friends and do their own thing during summer breaks. That’s a normal part of growing up and I want my kids to become independent, but it’s hard to let go. I’m sure I’ll have sleepless nights remembering the good ‘ol days.

I hope to live today like that good ol’ day I’ll remember years later.

Overall, YAY for new grades, new books, new school supplies, new clothes, new teachers, new school (for some), new experiences, new friendships, and new learning.

Parents, kudos to you for all the rides, packing lunches, helping with homework, encouraging your kids, bandaging ouchies, going to games, showing up for school events, and keeping it all together!! As the initial excitement wanes and inevitable challenges crop up, I hope you remember that God is in control and that He is interested in every part of our lives. He listens to prayers…even my feeble, emergency prayers for patience and energy when I feel like I can’t do anything else. I’m always amazed at how He answers.

Philippians 4:6-7

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”