Monday, May 31, 2010

The Graduate

Do I need more proof of how absolutely ugly these 'gowns' are?  Why do we need to pretend to be wizards with boards on our heads?  I feel like someone, somewhere is laughing at every graduation.  Thankfully the super long sleeves came in handy.  I used them as pockets to hold my cellphone - and plenty of tissues for my cold.  

My parents.

The love of my life.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

So excited...again.

This has really been an amazing couple months.  Every time I turn around there is something else to be thankful for, something else plainly displaying God's absolute faithfulness.  It is, without a doubt, the start of a completely new season and I am so grateful.  

Adding to my already overflowing joy, we found out back in the beginning of April that our family will be enlarging by one...a new baby will be here in December.  

Jon and I are THRILLED and almost too excited to wait.  (But we will.)

We already have a sense of this one's spirit - and trust me, having joined me in the final push of my masters program, busy work meetings, and another pending move, I'm confident that this one will be able to find peace in the center of a hurricane.

I can't wait for Owen to have a friend, a sibling, to grow with and I'm so looking forward to experiencing the incredible joy of parenthood with another precious little one.

No worries if you can't figure our first picture of 2.O out...but trust me.  There's a baby waving at you.  And a tiny little foot sticking up. 

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


And just like's over.

I actually have two more lectures to listen to online...but as far as my grades go I have nothing left to do.  
I count that as finished.

I think I need more time to process it.  I just sent in my last paper 27 minutes ago.  It hasn't sunk in.  

But I do want to mark this moment down.  

Someday, when I look back and remember how awesome this all was, and my brain erases some of the struggle and fight as brains are known to do, I will want to record that, yes, I did actually develop an eye tick that lasted the last two weeks of my grad school career.

Taken at the hight of the twitchiness last week.  

It's in my left eye.  If this picture was animated you would see it. 

I hope that it does become a memory and not a lasting memorial to finals week and capstone presentations.  But even if it did - small price to pay to know that I'm done.


Monday, May 3, 2010

Clean Sweep

Owen's obsession with cleaning continues.

We bought him a small broom - just his height - on a recent walk down to the water.   He then swept the park for about 30 minutes.   

It's all part of teaching him the value in giving back to the community.  (And if you've been to Baltimore you know that it could use a good sweeping.)  

This kid loves to 'clean'.  I'm hoping that characteristic survives the fickle toddler years.  

Saturday, May 1, 2010


Good thing I had my camera ready to capture my mothering tip #1.  
Let your children eat dirt.  
Feed it to them if necessary. 

1) it boosts their immune system
2) more importantly, it makes regular food, like green beans, taste amazing

It's my secret to a happy mealtime.