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

Monday, February 17, 2014


It's a new word that Josh made up.  It looks a little something like this:

The other day Josh and I were on the hammock, eating pecans and oranges, enjoying the beautiful weather.

I commented that it was such a great feeling- being outdoors, soaking in the beauty of nature.  Josh put it in more technical terms.  "It's actually vitamin D that you are absorbing from the sunshine."

Somehow, that explanation didn't fit the beauty of the moment for me.  "No, no,"  I clarified.  "It's more than good for my body, it's nourishing to my soul."

"Ya, mom.  That's because vitamin D makes you feel happy."

I told him that such a medical description just didn't describe what I was feeling.

"Ok," he finally relented. "We will make up a special word for it.  How about QUALUMBY?"

So that is what we have been calling it.  When I need a little time outdoors enjoying the beautiful weather and scenery, I need a little qualumby.

Thanks, Josh, for keeping it magical for me!

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