Born Silent

With his birth, I came undone. The final pushes were frantic and seemed impossible. The umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck and he had meconium in his mouth. He was born silent.

The months prior felt like agony on my body. I was so weary. I yearned for the relief of birth long before my son was ready. Weeks before he arrived, my body taunted me with contractions and pains and lowering. I felt I strongly understood the meaning of sacrifice for another human being.

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Treasure Hunts and Flower Dissection

We trudged through swamps and had crocodiles snap at our heels. We squealed as we ran through a tiger-infested jungle. We shivered through a snowstorm, tiptoed through a cave, and discovered treasure on a pirate ship.

“We’re going on a treasure hunt! We’re going to find a big one. What a beautiful day! We’re not scared!” We adapted the chant from We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen to fit our treasure hunting scenario. Of course, as soon as we encountered pirates, we ran back through the house and hid under a blanket with our “loot”.  Little Bear napped; Plum and I adventured. 

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This Summer, The World

In June, the book Give Your Child the World by Jamie Martin, was released. It is a fantastic resource for finding books for children about cultures and different areas of the world. It is essentially a field guide to travel the world through reading! I appreciate that the suggested books are divided by world region and age-level, with a brief summary of content. Hand in hand with the book release, there has also been an online Summer Reading Challenge by Jamie Martin (at and…Continue Reading “This Summer, The World”

Daily Rhythms

Sometimes I think it’s impossible to have a maintain a schedule with any regularity when young children are involved. They always like to surprise you by changing things just when you are feeling comfortable. Two reliable naps a day, finally? You breathe a sigh of rest, and the next day it’s a naptime battlezone! Kids sleeping in until 7 a.m? Ahhh... I can wake up early and have a quiet hour by myself to start the day. Oh, but that toddler knows you’re up without him! He will adjust his schedule accordingly. 

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