My inspiration for this record of my days:

“The biggest mistake I made [as a parent] is the one that most of us make. . . . I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of [my three children] sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages six, four, and one. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less” -Anna Quindlen

Thursday, September 9, 2010


A while back I was at my friend Cara’s house.   I was there to borrow some cute bud vases.  I knew she would have a good selection, and she didn’t disappoint.
Everywhere I turned in her house I saw something cute.  Cute pillows.  Cute drapes.  Cute dishes.  Cute frames.  Cute, cute, cute!
I thought to myself, “If  my house was this cute I would be smiling all day long!”  Which led to remembering something I had heard on Oprah- or somewhere equally as authoritative.  They say you should surround yourself with the things you love.
On my way home I was worried.  My house is always under construction.  I had a concrete floor at the time.  My dishes don’t match.  My walls are bare. You get the idea.  How will I be happy if I’m not surrounded by things that I love??
Duh.  As soon as I thought it, the answer came into my mind.  I am surrounded by the things that I love!  They look like this:
I am definitely surrounded.
Matching dishes can wait.


  1. I like this thought a lot. Although, Becca and Savannah look a little freaked out to be surrounded by so much love.

  2. Ok seriously how do you come up with this stuff! It is amazing. And then I think "wow! I'm so lucky to have such cool friends." P.S. all that you taught me in voice has gone to pot. I must come back for more lessons!!

  3. I agree...where do you come up with it? I love this one! And I love them sooooo much too!