christy henry

i love to write, and i love being inspired by other writers. i love being a mom. i teach sixth graders, and i love them, too. i have amazing friends, and i used to have chickens. i miss having chickens. i’m a huge fan of good books, long naps, great food, literacy, and learning how to make the world a better place.

My Blogs

Fabulous Four!

{Spoiler Alert: Proud mom, sister, daughter post...stop now if you aren't up for that!!}The last four days were absolutely fabulous! My amazing little(est) sister was in Austin for Arcade Fire, and we met up for dinner and drinks. It was so fun to catch up, and the girls and I were in hog heaven! ...more

Birds and Turtles

They're back! I knew for a while that my barn swallows had rejoined our family, but I couldn't for the life of me figure out where they'd decided to re-nest.For the last month, every time I've walked into the front yard, one of the moms has swooped at me. Yesterday the girls showed me where they decided to nest and I'm beside myself with how quintessentially wholesome it is!From the drive way, it looks like a normal-ish door (whose wreath desperately needs some new raffia or perhaps a new cousin bestowed in burlap) ....more

Happy Spring

Yesterday, the morning sky...more

Dear June

Dear June Bugs,(Or phyllophaga, order of coleoptera, as I've heard you like to be called in formal settings...)In case you haven't been informed, it's only March 21st.You're a little early to the party, and that is in direct violation of Emily Post's Party Manners 101. According to my etiquette resources, arriving early is a major faux pas, and you should actually aim to arrive between 5-15 minutes of the time posted on your invitation (which, by the way, I did not send to you). I did some calculations, and this makes your suggested arrival time somewhere around July 4....more

The Dreaded Phone Call(s) I Never Knew I'd Have to Make

Our day started out as a fairly normal one - trampolines, raking leaves, and general silliness. Just before noon, things changed.Jay: Oh My Gosh Mommy, I have an announcement to make!! This is a big day ....more

Stephen Colbert

My high school tennis coach was a cool guy who was really...more

Voice

Today's post is supposed to be about voice.The writing kind.I'm blaming loose interpretation for what's about to happen.Jay, my freshly-turned-nine-year-old, showed me something cool with my new phone last week.Prior to my new phone, I've never had free reign of Siri.Sure, I've talked to her on the girls' iPad's before, but she has never been fully at my disposal...until February 8 of this year.I never understood what the big deal was with her. Afterall, it was just a female voice who told you what you wanted to hear and answered your questions.Jay turned my world around when she showed me that I could turn Siri into different people.I've suddenly found myself in the midst of a language explosion!!It's boring if you ask "her" things in English. But if you want to make things more interesting, you can talk to Siri in Spanish.. ....more

Five Things

A few years ago, I was introduced to the concept of NanoWriMo...more

It's Whirlwind Season

Yesterday I realized I was officially a part of the ranks of "Whirlwind Season."I didn't even realize it until it smacked me in the face.I always dreaded the part of parenthood: the part where one kid is doing this, the other kid is doing that, and then the first kid is also doing the other thing, and somewhere in between, parents have lives to maintain at some level beyond mediocrity.Guess what. It's here. I imagine this is similar to how you prepare for disaster: you have no earthly idea what it's going to be like, you are armed with all requisite supplies, you baton down your hatches and you are ready for it when it arrives, whether intentionally or otherwise, and by the time it actually hits, you're too busy to notice because you're readying your family for another round.We made a chalkboard door a couple of months ago, and since its inception, it has hosted two birthday wish lists, two Christmas lists, and a bevy of grocery requests ....more

V-Day

V-Day, although entirely a Hallmark holiday, can seriously be the pits for the unattached in a way that I can't even begin to try to explain. I love it for Cee and Jay, but for me? Just blah ....more