Tuesday, December 27, 2011

we celebrate!

Joy to the World
Up on the Housetop
Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
Santa Baby
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
O Christmas Tree
Jingle Bells
Silent Night 
(it's a boy!)
Let It Snow!
Holly Jolly Christmas
Twelve Days of Christmas
O Holy Night
Jingle Bells
The Night Before Christmas
I'll Be Home For Christmas
Do You Hear What I Hear?
We Wish You A Merry Christmas
Pine Cones and Holly Berries
O Come, All Ye Faithful
Let There Be Peace On Earth
Away In A Manger
It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Angels We Have Heard On High
Rocking Around The Christmas Tree
Greatest Gift Of All


Monday, December 19, 2011

six Christmas cards

from six of my children

Making the decision to have a child is momentous.  
It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.  
~Elizabeth Stone
It's not only children who grow.  Parents do too.  As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours.  I can't tell my children to reach for the sun.  All I can do is reach for it, myself.  ~Joyce Maynard
There are two lasting bequests we can give our children.  One is roots.  The other is wings.  ~Hodding Carter, Jr.
Your children tell you casually years later what it would have killed you with worry to know at the time.  
~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966
Give me the life of the boy whose mother is nurse, seamstress, washerwoman, cook, teacher, angel, and saint, all in one, and whose father is guide, exemplar, and friend.  
No servants to come between. 
 These are the boys who are born to the best fortune.  
~Andrew Carnegie
The guys who fear becoming fathers don't understand that fathering is not something perfect men do, but something that perfects the man.  
The end product of child raising is not the child but the parent.  
~Frank Pittman, Man Enough

yes, I am a very blessed mother.


Saturday, December 17, 2011

another year older and wiser too...

Happy Birthday to YOU!

 Ed, celebrates his birthday on the 10th
now a teenager
 Valerie party's it up on the 12th
 and I never met a kid that loves a birthday quite like Joe
he rocks the whole month, but the 15th is HIS day


Thursday, December 15, 2011

"i will"

December 15, 1973
our day
close to Christmas
our dreams take flight

(telegram received at our reception from my wonderful Aunt Anna Lee and Uncle Norm)

 thirty-eight years ago
filled with promise
eager to ready-set-go
i hit the jackpot sweetie
when i met you

the best anniversary gift ever
born in Pennsylvania

the boy with his "coat (afghan) of many colors"

Monday, December 12, 2011

a magical thing

I Heard a Bird Sing

I heard a bird sing
in the dark of December
A magical thing
and sweet to remember.
'We are nearer to spring
than we were in September'
I heard a bird sing
in the dark of December.
Oliver Herford (1863 - 1935)


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

another step

‘What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.’ 
~C. S. Lewis

it's been that kind of day.

selecting the books
taping the photos of sweetie and me inside
writing a small personal note
wrapping and ribbon
secure a snowflake ornament

trip to the post office for the Chicago boys

this life of mine is sweet


Friday, December 2, 2011

to rebuke the winds

the house got cold
power out
life slowed way down
busy plans stood still

we played hearts
went to lunch
sat in the best room
"shooting the breeze"

the wind howled
the house shook
30+ trees down at dad's house
Anson called

nature's power
a reckoning
a reminder
i am small

photos by audree steed


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

home sweet home

“As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.”
Henry David Thoreau

Hank and Kate meet...fast friends