Category Archives: Life

Little Glimpses

So, yes, we’ve moved, and no, we are not finished unpacking. (Would you like to come unpack the rest of our stuff? Pretty please?) Anyways, I’ve been slooooooooowly working through the boxes- it’s quite the process, since we didn’t go through anything before we packed it all up. (Side note: if you can avoid moving while hugely pregnant and on strict bedrest, I highly recommend waiting. If it can’t be avoided, well, have fun unpacking mystery boxes later! With help! From toddlers!)

In the meantime, though, I’ve been trying to make the boxless (or box-light) parts of our new place feel home-y. We’re getting there.

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The Big O N E

(I’ll post their birth story soon, but for today, I’m wiped out. Enjoy some birthday cuteness!)

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For All the Grammies (and Grandmas, and Mimis, and Nanas, and Mee Maws)

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Getting Back to It

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I haven’t been around lately. Since Rich’s birthday at the end of March, in fact. And it isn’t because I haven’t been making things, or I’ve been to busy to write anything, or any of that: I have a few dozen photos of at least 8 projects I’ve worked on, plus recipes and meals; I even wrote (on paper) an entire post. It’s more that what’s been on my mind for the past while, I wasn’t ready to fling out into the Great Interwebs for all to see.

The thing is, I am homesick. (Sorry, Mama. I’m not trying to make you cry.) Homesick with a capital H. When we first moved, it was a grand adventure; everything was distractingly different and charmingly new. But a couple of months ago, it came down on me like a wall. That was a nice adventure, okay, and now let’s go home.

It probably has something to do with spring in Florida being my very favorite season, and spring in Michigan being, well, gray. And muddy. And cold. Florida spring isn’t too hot yet, just warm and balmy and less humid. There are orange blossoms (and if you’ve never smelled orange blossoms before, you haven’t really lived) and new leaves and so much sun.

It probably also has a big something to do with Florida containing roundabout 99 percent of my family. My family is pretty fantastic, if you haven’t met them. I just tried to write lots more about them, but these little typed words sound so flat and cliche. So I’ll just leave it at ‘fantastic’.

I actually began this post with every intention of writing something insightful or reflective about homesickness, but the words are still jammed up.

I think I’ll end with this:

You need a village, if only for the pleasure of leaving it.  A village means that you are not alone, knowing that in the people, the trees, the earth, there is something that belongs to you, waiting for you when you are not there. 

Casare Pavese

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A Birthday Spectacular

Today was Rich’s 30th birthday. I think he’s good and sick of me telling everyone he’s turning thirty, but I think it’s wonderful. A new decade! Think of all of the ick and messes and figuring out who you are and where you want to be when you’re in your twenties… it’s DONE! And now, it’s a fresh set of years with so many Big Things already done and our little family facing it together. We had a wonderful, relaxed day of simple meals, The Muppets movie, a shopping (browsing, really) trip, and cheerful and cooperative babies.

A very happy birthday to my best friend and sweeeeeeet love!

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The Loves.

Need-love cries to God from our poverty; Gift-love longs to serve, or even to suffer for, God; Appreciative love says: “We give thanks to thee for thy great glory.” Need-love says of a woman “I cannot live without her”; Gift-love longs to give her happiness, comfort, protection — if possible, wealth; Appreciative love gazes and holds its breath and is silent, rejoices that such a wonder should exist even if not for him, will not be wholly dejected by losing her, would rather have it so than never to have seen her at all.

C. S. Lewis
The Four Loves

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us here at Ink & Squid! I hope you know how much you are loved today.

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