Tuesday, November 30, 2010



i sit here feeling so thankful
about so much still.

today started out warm and humid
which gave way to lots and lots of rain
which gave way to quite a drop in temperature.
we went from air conditioning in the morning
to fire in the fireplace tonight.

today, the boys and i went out for a day
of shopping where they bought their sisters
a christmas gift. it was also a day that
i could spend with just them. we had breakfast
out at a favorite restaurant, right in front of
a huge fireplace with the warmth radiating right
up to our table. (i was wishing the whole time
that i wouldn't have forgotten my camera at home.)

this evening we were searching for even more warmth
as the temperatures continued to drop. i made a
turkey pot pie, full of fresh veggies and with the yummiest crust on top
and a pan of cornbread in my old cast iron skillet
that was full of chopped green onions fresh from the
garden.  i had a good 30 minute walk with cooper,
then made a little hot cocoa for the kids and enjoyed a  fire in the
fireplace for a perfect way to wind down this busy
day...this busy week.


on thursday, ethan will have an MRI to evaluate the situation that we were faced with a few weeks ago.  if you're so inclined, all prayers for good health will be greatly appreciated.


Saturday, November 27, 2010

day of thanks


dinner with my parents on the evening before
thanksgiving...full of homemade goodness,
complete with dessert and wine.
it was a perfect way to start the thanksgiving holiday.

the next morning was filled with little helpers
making apple pies, pumpkin pies, cranberry sauce,
cranberry-cream cheese dip, turkey, dressing, broccoli,
and greens. 


the day was filled to the brim with
family and friends, food and conversation,
thankfulness and beauty.

i hope your thanksgiving was just as wonderful.


Happy Turkey Day!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

thankful, blessed, and happy.

{film. minolta xg-1, kodak 400}

i'm full of it these days.

the past couple of weeks have gone by in a blur.
ethan gave us quite a scare with some of the most terrifying
symptoms i've ever personally experienced...with a 12 year old.
decreased consciousness, slurred speech, involuntary movement
in the eyes, facial pallor, mental confusion, dizziness, numbness
and tingling in the hands, etc., and he had this same episode twice.
it seems to be associated with the migraine that he was suffering
from simultaneously.  more specifically, basilar-type migraine.

it is the scariest headache i have ever witnessed.  ever.
needless to say, these episodes were completed by an
ambulance ride to the emergency room and many tests
once we arrived.  there are still a couple of tests that
a neurologist has ordered before he will stick with his
initial diagnosis of basilar-type migraine, but i'm feeling
more and more confident with that diagnosis as the days
go by and he is completely normal in every way.  he did
have a migraine again on monday/tuesday, but it was a
normal one and  i think it could be blamed on the stressful
situation he found himself in.  thankfully, there have been
no other scary symptoms to report since our trip to the er.


i thought really hard about making a post regarding this
(or a post at all since i felt like all the life had been knocked out of me).
i usually don't mind sharing some things, however, personal issues
are hard to share, you know.  then i considered that while i knew quite a bit
about migraines (i used to suffer from them as well) i had never
once heard about these extreme symptoms in relation to migraine.
not once!  i'm sure that if i had specifically googled it, i could have found all the
info i could stand, but i had never read about or heard about this type of migraine
in as many headache articles as i've read in the past.

it was beyond scary, as a mother, to stand there and see
my child being basically hijacked by this migraine.  he was completely
helpless and out of control.  i can't imagine what would have happened
had he been in real school or, god-forbid, driving.  no one would have
known what to do and no one would have guessed that the symptoms,
as extreme and terrifying as they are when unfolding, are harmless.

i'm sure that i'm not the only one in the dark regarding these
symptoms in relation to migraines so that is why i decided
to share our experience here.  i hope this is a one and only episode.
i hope that i never have to report that it has happened again.  i hope that
others who suffer from migraines take the time to learn about the different
types that can affect them before they potentially happen.  even though this type
of migraine is very rare, i wish that the information about it was more 'out there'
in some of the migraine articles that are written and that doctors actually
alerted you to their possibility when you complain that you have been
experiencing migraines from time to time.


all in all, i'm thankful.  so very thankful that things are well with him
right now at this moment.  so very thankful that my family is whole,
that love surrounds us, and that we are blessed beyond measure.
i realize in a very real way that life can change in one small moment,
that we are not promised anything.  i realize that we should be continually
thankful for the everyday routines, for the messes, for the noise, for all
the things that drive us crazy in our day to day.  i realize that every time
i feel down or out of sorts, things could be so much worse than what is
going on inside this head of mine.  i realize what matters most to me.
what matters to the core of my being, my heart, my soul.

thanksgiving seems to be an appropriate time to come to this firm realization.
this thanksgiving i am so full of thanks....full to overflowing.
my family is well.
my heart is full.
my soul is grateful.
we are blessed.
i am happy.

Monday, November 8, 2010



for the autumn shift
of time,
fireplace coziness.
i do love this time of year.

oh, i'm blogging over here today too.  xo


***i'm joining joy st.claire this month in focusing on gratitude.  isn't that what makes november so perfect?***

Sunday, November 7, 2010

first thing in the morning

morning creativity.

first thing in the morning.

...and then all day long.
she is the most creative kid.
she says she wants to be an artist,
a writer, and own a library.

i think she will.