• bird nest with a guardian angel
    Seattle,  WW

    Bird nest with a guardian angel

    This bird found the perfect place to build her nest – complete with guardian angel. I took this picture a few years ago. The piece I referred to as a guardian angel is one of the terracotta figures that adorn the front of the Suzzallo Library at the University of Washington. It is a stunning work of architecture. The Reading Room inside the library is also worth a look. It’s one of my favorite places to take a quiet moment and goes by the nickname, the Harry Potter Room. WW Linky is on page 2

  • gem in sunglasses
    Family,  Parenting,  WW

    Sometimes I look at her and my heart explodes

    I’m 1877 days into this parenting gig, and I still don’t know what I’m doing. I suspect that is probably a good sign. I hope it is, anyway. I’m so blessed that I get to spend my days with this little ray of light, and guide her as she grows. Happy Mother’s Day. Here’s to the moms, and to everyone else who challenges and guides and comforts us as we continue to grow and evolve. And here’s to our charges, who bring light and hope and joy. WW Linky is on page 2

  • Top Pot Doughnuts
    Seattle,  WW

    A beautiful day in the neighborhood

    The day started out with a plan, and it was all Gem’s idea. We were going to go on a walking tour of all the beautiful flowers in our new neighborhood. And, I would bring my camera, so we could take pictures and use them for a blog post. My little unpaid intern is really starting to pay off. We got off to a good start. But, after a while we came across this:   And inside, they had this: They also had books. The walls were lined with old classics and my little girl was entranced We spent hours in the doughnut shop, and I got to share with…

  • Family,  Living Well,  WW

    Holiday Joy

    We got a little snow last week, which is a rare treat around here these days. Well, a treat if you don’t have to drive in it. Last year, we didn’t get any snow, so our one snow day was a pretty big deal for my 4-year-old. I love the way snow quiets things. You slow down, and pay more attention to what’s going on around you… Like the smile on this angel’s face. So much joy. I wish you peace, love, health, and joy on Christmas, for the rest of the holiday season, and throughout the year. WW Linky is on page 2

  • baby shoe ornament
    Creativity,  Living Well,  WW

    How to make baby shoe ornaments

    When Gem grew out of her first baby shoes, I couldn’t bear to get rid of them. I wanted to keep them, but I didn’t want them just tucked away in a box for decades either. I didn’t know what to do with them until we started putting up our Christmas tree. Now, they are included among our most cherished Christmas ornaments. Yes, they spend most of the year tucked away in a box, but they bring a smile each holiday season. How did I do this? Simple, just threat a little string through the loop in the back. For one pair, I poked a small hole in the back…