Charlie's Baptism Day 2014

Yesterday was baptism day for our little guy.

Charlie’s great-grandma, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins were all there to celebrate.

It was a beautiful day, blue sky and sunshine.

God’s covenant promises to bless and protect Charlie

were the brightest part of all.


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beautiful life.

Just spending this [almost] autumn night listening to the fiddle and mandolin on Prairie Home Companion, smelling my hubby’s apple pie and kissing our baby boy.

Life is so beautiful.

Our hearts are so full, thankful beyond words.


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a perpetual astonishment.




In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.

Margaret Atwood




Fun in Savanah

Awake, thou wintry earth –
Fling off thy sadness!
Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth
Your ancient gladness!

Thomas Blackburn

KVW Spring

Every spring is the only spring – a perpetual astonishment.

Ellis Peters

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[arrivals and anticipations]

It’s an amazing experience to witness new life. Jackson Daniel Hobbs, my sweet nephew, was born in a quiet and peaceful room in the wee early hours of Dec. 3, 2012.


It’s so lovely to snuggle him, to smell his sweet hair and feel his soft skin. I love this little baby. In the slow arrival of winter, I am enjoying the quiet days, the chill in the air, the need to wear sweaters and boots. I am enjoying Christmas music (Ave Maria) on my record player. I am loving the anticipation of Christmas. I am enjoying not shopping for Christmas gifts (all of our families decided to skip the presenting this year, and just be together. What a sweet idea!).  I am thankful for quiet nights at home, my Mistletoe candle flickering, Pavarotti record crackling, kitty arched and yawning in front of our small fire. I am so thankful for my home, this beautiful sanctuary where we can be quiet and shut out the world. I am especially thankful for the exciting, thrilling, terrifying anticipation of our adopted baby coming home. We are trying to [patiently] wait for news on an available baby…our baby. No news yet. So, these days are passing, slowly. As we wait for our baby, we ponder the coming of the baby, our God Incarnate, the Word made flesh, the light of the world. These days, these times seem to be [in between] days. We live in a perpetual advent, in perpetual waiting for peace, for light, for things to be made right. After the horror in Connecticut, my friend Ben Katt said, “Lest we were beginning to fool ourselves, this past week has been a reminder that our Advent waiting is painful; our hoping, urgent.”  As winter arrives, the chill sets in, we grieve over horrific sadness [this week], and so we settle in and try to warm ourselves by the firelight of advent, and we anticipate. Somehow the sweet hope of what’s to come makes the waiting a bit more bearable.


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starting to feel a bit like home.

(don’t think I will every abandon my love affair with blue and yellow. sigh.)

(spare room…blue!)

(this dining room still needs a ton of TLC. it’s coming, dining room, I promise.)


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Just love those giant trees.

Deep breath, windows open, traveling along Pacific Coast Highway [Route 1] California with the sun on our faces….it was a sweet way to spend our summer vacation. We so enjoyed the coastal drive. I constantly scanned for dolphins, and rejoiced when they jumped for us. There’s something different about the light in California- somehow the all colors seemed brighter–the greens more alive, the blues fresh and crisp. The air smelled of the sea, and the sea breeze was a welcome companion. We loved the time to watch, listen, and breathe in the flashes of glory around us. We also totally enjoyed the California surfer scene. Our favorite part of the trip, by far, was hiking among the sheer cliffs and giant trees of Yosemite National Park. I think we’re going to make it a goal to see every U.S. National Park. We are smitten by them! I am absolutely in love with the Giant Sequoia trees. Being in Yosemite made me feel so comfortingly small.  So strong was the sense of greatness, the sense of grandeur, that it took my breath away. What a great few days we had, drinking in the majesty of creation as we spent time among those old giants. Here are [several] shots of the beautiful state of California.

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Nose to the Sunrise

“Why should your majesty think it? My own plans are made. While I may, I sail East in Dawn Treader. When she fails me, I row East in my coracle. When that sinks, shall I paddle East with my four paws. Then, when I can swim no longer, if I have not yet reached Aslan’s Country, there shall I sink with my nose to the sunrise…”


C.S. Lewis, Voyage of the Dawn Treader

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