I've Got Sunshine

I've got sunshine on this cloudy day, because one of our chickens just stared laying, and her eggs are blue. And all the chickens who, like so many Bostonians, gave up on life and happiness and were dysfunctional during the onslaught of blizzards for the last two months started laying again. Overnight they decided that they were no longer on strike.This was one day's haul....more

The Winter of Content

I've decided New England is like your obnoxious brother or your floozy cousin, your eccentric parent: ...more

Girl Power

Today at church there was a song time for children reinforcing the notion that God can speak to us through the voices of prophets and that by heeding their counsel we can be blessed and protected. There is a children's song very popular in our church that goes through the history of various prophets from scripture; it's clever and the tune very catchy. Some of the crowd pleasing verses:Adam was a prophet first one that we knowIn a place called Eden he helped things to growAdam served the Lord by following his ways,We are his descendants in these latter days Daniel was a prophet he refused to sinSo the king threw Daniel in the lion's denAngels calmed the lions and the king soon sawDaniel's power was great for he obeyed God's law Jonah was a prophet, tried to run awayBut later he learned to listen and obeyWhen we really try the Lord won't let us fail (*insert me thinking, "well, that's not technically true now is it?")That's what Jonah learned deep down inside the whaleOn a whim, and I shared another verse not written in the official children's song book that I'd seen on the internet with my friend who leads the song time ....more

They're Back

The kids are overjoyed to have each other back. There is a lot of Amharic going on from both girls. They both have said they will be ready to go back in about six months ....more

50 Shades of Lies

This post comes from a place of, I will admit it, desperation. I desperately want teenagers and young adults to know something important about love and relationships, something I wish I'd understood better when I was young.First Confession: I, like hundreds of thousands of others have been in a relationship where I felt shamed, controlled, had to change what I wanted and who I was to make someone happy. I remember the first time I reached for the dial on the dashboard to change the radio station in the car, and had my hand slapped away ....more

Finding Silver Linings

It is snowing again. And will tomorrow, the next day and the next. We have drifts outside 35 inches high and it keeps coming ....more

In like a Lion

I know I know, March is the one that is supposed to be in like a lion, but February didn't get the memo. I was all set to write about how unmagical being snowed in over and over is, how old it's getting and how stir crazy I am with the kids. And I went to upload pics for proof ....more

Snow Storms Mean Baking

(And yogurt making and napping and Roald Dahl books.) Yesterday we ran out of oatmeal, had only a few eggs left, zero fruit in the house and we were slammed with a snow storm. We have a very long driveway, I think about 500 feet, which meant we weren't going anywhere until the plow fairy came. This meant making hot chocolate and muffins for breakfast and thank heaven I had all the ingredients for my favorite muffins ....more

Reclaiming Martin Luther King Day

Monday was not too cold. Windy, but sunny, and I was determined to make the day meaningful with the little boys. So with the help of the Good Lord Himself I drove the three little boys to a train stop, and with them and enough snacks for an army and a double stroller hopped (limped) on to the subway ....more

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