Friday, January 13, 2017

Advent & Christmas

Nothing like a Christmas post in mid-January! Here's a recap of our 2016 Christmas season.
"O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel." Celebrating this first Sunday of Advent. #advent #slowandsacredadvent
In liturgical churches, Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. This past year, we incorporated its observance into our home life by using Slow + Sacred Advent by Jennifer Naraki. Also, that's a snake tattoo on Sinclair's arm. 
Planted some basil seeds as part of our #slowandsacredadvent . And also because we're all obsessed with basil. #advent #basil #homegardening #childhood #instasinclair #instaluther
Planting seeds to honor Jesus as the Seed. 
Orange Cake in recognition that in times past, oranges were a rare seasonal luxury and part and parcel to the holiday season. 

Friday, January 6, 2017

New Year's Resolutions


Happy new year folks! Hard to believe we are already here. My favorite thing about this time is the feeling of newness and possibilities. To that end, here's my list of resolutions for 2017:

➳ Invest in myself.
Exercise regularly with weekly spin class and weekly yoga class. Do yoga at home, and my MuTu exercises. Stop biting my nails for good. Grow out my bangs.

➳ Be still and know.
This year brings some changes for me personally and some big possibilities for us a a family (some blog posts coming on all this later). My goal is to maintain an open heart and mind to what God brings into our home this year and to not worry, but rest in the knowledge that he knows the plans he has for us.

➳ Combat hate and fear with love and welcome.
With fear and hatred taking over our political system this year, I'm going to make a concentrated effort to show love and welcome and a place of security to all those around me, especially to those the Trump presidency threatens.

Be more intentional about embracing and celebrating the seasons.
Particularly with the kids and as a family. Make special recipes and crafts that speak to each season. Enjoy the seasonal changes outdoors. Attempt to enjoy the summer heat and sun by going to the beach more. Attempt to enjoy the beach.

➳ Start to implement a four season garden.
My in-laws gave me Four Seasons Harvest by Eliot Coleman, and it has been so eye-opening and inspiring. With some simple practices and techniques, we can cultivate a garden that is harvestable year-round, even here in New England. It's going to be such a learning experience.

➳ Be more intentional.
In my spiritual life, in parenting, in the hospitality I show to others, and in self-improvement.

➳ Bake bread far more often.
Regular sandwich bread, sweet breads, dinner rolls, etc.  I also want to build a solar oven that we can bake bread in the summers without using the oven and heating up the house.

➳ Make homemade.
Everything. Bread obviously, but also things like special liqueurs, flavored salts and sugars to use as hostess gifts, lotions, soaps, etc. We've started to use Young Living essential oils in our lives, and it has opened up so many options.

Now if only the new year also brought more time in each day to get all this done!

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Happy Half Birthday Luther!

This is what a four-and-a-half year old looks like!
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Our sweet Luther boy turned 4.5 years old recently. It was a Saturday, so we took a family walk in the coming twilight and spotted Venus and Mars in the dim sky. We've been doing a lot of family discussions and readings on the solar system, so the timing was apropo. When we returned home, we had mac and cheese, as requested (bonus is that it was leftover m&c from a church function a few days earlier, so no cooking for me). And course, the traditional 1/2 cupcake; this time with chocolate cake and blue almond icing with a metric ton of sprinkles. 

Luther boy, you are the light of our lives. We adore you beyond measure. Happy half birthday, my love!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Juli's Visit and Halloween 2016

Aunt Dewey arrives and suddenly everyone's got underwear on their heads. #bloodrelated #crazyaunt #instasinclair #instaluther #childhood
My sister Julianne (alternatively known as Dew, Dewey, Deweyanne, and Aunt Dewey) came for a weeklong visit in late October.
The blondes, plotting together. #auntdewey #aunthood #family #blondes
Dewey and Sinny are the only two slightly-blondish members of the family. We try not to judge them for it. 
Making friends with the locals. #pilgrims #instasinclair #instaluther #livinghistory #childhood
We took her to see Plimoth Plantation

Friday, November 11, 2016

New in the Shop + Some Musings + Weekend Update

Three Vintage Brass Christmas Candle Holders

Small Vintage Brown Pitcher
Small Vintage Blue Pitcher with Polka Dots
Small Vintage Blue Pitcher with Polka Dots
Five Vintage Ombre Ornaments
Vintage Pink Ornaments
Vintage Silver and Gold Ornaments
Vintage Brown Ceramic Pitcher

The newest shop offerings from the past two weeks or so. My favorite of the bunch is the large brown pitcher. I am such a sucker for pottery and that glaze on it, combined with its heft, is just pure joy. 

How are you doing? This has been a tough week for me and for the nation; the news and my Facebook feed are plenty proof of that. My soul still hurts, and I'm coming to realize that it probably will for a long time. Trying to figure out ways to make a positive difference in this new political landscape and how to show love and understanding to all. If you've got any ideas, do please share. 

On a lighter note, this weekend I'm hanging out with friends, and we're going to make a bunch of essential oil DIY crafts and drink wine. Later, the whole family will join two said friends and their families for dinner. We've got church on Sunday, and I need to finish prepping the garden for the coming winter. I stole an idea from the colonist gardens at Plimoth Plantation and built up two raised bed from a bunch of branches Piercen cut down last week. I'm quite proud of them. 

Have a wonderful weekend my dears. Let's be loving towards one and all. It keeps coming back to that, doesn't it? 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Life Recently

Aunt Dewey arrives and suddenly everyone's got underwear on their heads. #bloodrelated #crazyaunt #instasinclair #instaluther #childhood
Crazy Aunt Dew.
Making friends with the locals. #pilgrims #instasinclair #instaluther #livinghistory #childhood
Making chicken friends at Plimoth Plantation.
Halloween 2016: Pigs in Space. Complete with Spaceman Spiff, and alien from the southern galaxy, and the cutest little piglet you ever did see. #pigsinspace #happyhalloween #instasinclair #instaluther #children #childhood #halloween2016
Pigs in Space this past Halloween.
We think Lovegirl has a stomach bug; she's still running a fever, can't keep anything down, and just wants to curl up in my arms and sleep. #poorbaby #instasinclair #children
Attack of the stomach virus. 
Another successful Guy Fawkes Day on the books! #instasinclair #instaluther #iatleasthavebritishheritage #rememberrememberthe5thofnovember #guyfawkes
Paper hats for Guy Fawkes Day.
#imwithher #werewithher #election2016
Election Day 2016

We've had a busy past two weeks. My little sister came to visit, and we had a great time with her. She's fun and goofy, and the kids just adore her. We took her to the pool, Plimoth Plantation, Mt Auburn Cemetery, and she helped us set up and host our Halloween party. After she left to go home to Memphis, we had a couple of sad days but are buoyed by the knowledge that we'll see her soon at Christmas. 

Speaking of Halloween, our first annual (hopefully) party went swimmingly. We had a cowgirl, Superman, a monkey, a ladybug, a piglet, an astronaut, an alien, a voodoo doll, a witch doctor, Rapunzel, a Viking, Helena Bonham Carter, and a prisonerd (get it? it took me a few minutes). We trick-or-treated around the neighborhood (one guy ran out of candy and started handing out dollar bills), then had dinner, dessert, and drinks. 

Sinclair promptly got sick with some virus the day after the party and spent the next two days running a fever and vomiting everything she ate or drank. Good times. 

She was back in good form though for Guy Fawkes day as we made our traditional (to us) paper hats and ate shepherd's pie and homemade toffee. 

And yesterday Piercen and I got to vote for what would have been the first female president of the United States. More importantly, we got to vote for love winning over hate, inclusion over exclusion, equality over misogyny, hope over fear. Unfortunately, our candidate did not win. This is something that we will all have to grapple with over the coming days, weeks, and many years, both as individuals, as a nation, and as a world. However, I believe in an all-knowing, all-powerful God who has plans for this country, not to harm it, but to prosper it. I put my faith in him, for he is the very definition of love and with him, all good things are possible. 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Trip to Germany: Part 1

Had a fantastic evening in Copenhagen. Met up with my cousin Doug who is loving life here, metro'd down to the Nyhavn and had dinner on the water front. We were joined at our table by a local woman out walking her dog, the woman then gave Doug and I a tou
Walking to the  Nyhavn in Copenhagen with my cousin Douglas. 
Germany 2016 (September)
On a day trip to the North Sea with Piercen brother and sister-in-law, we stopped by a museum that was getting a new thatch roof. 
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The Westerhever Lighthouse on the North Sea coast.
Germany 2016 (September)
Luther begged for, and got, a covered wagon rental for the walk to the lighthouse. 
Germany 2016 (September) #mudfordays #allthemud #northsea #germany Playing in the North Sea mud. #children #childhood #northsea #tidesout #germany #instasinclair #instaluther
Playing in the North Sea Mud. 
Germany 2016 (September)
Visiting their greatgrandfather's brother and sister-in-law in Böklund. 
Being chased by her great grandmother at her great great aunt's house. #family #traveling #germany #instasinclair #greatgrandmother
Chased by Oma. 
Swinging (of sorts) at his great great aunt's house. #instaluther #family #germany #traveling Germany 2016 (September)
Visiting family friends in Tolk. 
Germany 2016 (September)
Taking the back route home. 
Building castles in the sand with the cousins. #balticsea #family #travel #instaluther #instasinclair
A morning spent on the shores of the Baltic Sea. 
Germany 2016 (September)
Along the main street of Schleswig. 
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With Oma, stopping traffic. As usual. 

You guys, we had such a good time in Germany last month! We started out by flying into Copenhagen (it's cheaper to fly there than into Hamburg) and staying the night there. We met up with my cousin Doug who's working as an architect, and he took us to the Nyhavn, the 17th century canal street where the fishermen used to live. It's filled with charming restaurants all along the waterfront, and during dinner we met a delightful local woman who ended up showing us her house and telling us all about the wonders of Copenhagen. Next time, I'd like to spend more time exploring that cool city. 

The next day we drove down to Germany and to Tolk where Piercen's family lives. Northern Germany is mainly farmland, and to us, Tolk is a tiny, tiny town. There's the gas station (which P's aunt and uncle own), a bank, a bakery, a butcher shop, and a dress shop. That's pretty much it. It's beautiful and charming. 

Piercen's brother and his new wife were visiting as well for the first few days of our trip, and it was lovely to spend time with them. We visited the North and Baltic Seas, putzed around Schleswig (the closest "big" city), saw lots of family and family friends, and ate. A lot. The Germans take their afternoon coffee and cake very seriously. Or at least P's Oma does. 

Part II of this trip recap is coming shortly.