Saturday, February 25, 2012


Hope is the first crocus bursting through the gray of Winter.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

A Simple Joy

It's a simple joy when your often aloof feline friend jumps onto your exhausted self. No coaxing involved. It is a shock--a surprise that catches you off guard, but swells your heart with happiness.
Pure love given and received.

Friday, February 10, 2012

A Valentine Picture

I like to think that this picture was taken in February (in actuality it was December 1939). These are my grandparents, freshly married and in love.

I wonder who captured this moment--so telling, so intimate.

My grandfather died when I was nine years old making my grandmother a widow for 29 years. Oh, how she missed him!

I wish I had thought to ask her about this photograph before she passed away. I wonder what she would say.

To me it is the epitome of Valentine's Day--a sacred beginning that culminates in generations who look back with gratitude and smile.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Dear Rachel (#6)

Dear Rachel,

Have you seen this look? It is the latest way to do your ponytail at the middle school here--upside down french braid--a hidden surprise beneath her pony tail. Abby can't do it herself yet, so often on a dark early morning you will find me plaiting her thick golden locks while she is bent in half, hair flipped over her face. Of course, she tops it all off with one of your awesome headbands!
We are at the height of basketball season. Travis made the Sophomore team. They are mostly winning. By the way, your brother is now 6'4" with size 15 basketball shoes!
Abby's 7th grade team is mostly not winning. She has a great coach, though, and is learning a lot.
I had to laugh at her defensive tactics at a recent game. She was guarding her "man" like a soccer player! It was tough after her soccer tournament in Las Vegas to remember exactly which sport she was playing. Arms out, Abby!
I have to show you what Kellie has made at least 3 times since Christmas--Finnish Pulla from Baking with Julia. Cardamom is the secret ingredient, and, oh, is it good!
I can't believe you said you had a high of 68 in Atlanta today. I suppose I shouldn't complain. We've had a strangely mild Winter. This is about as good as it gets (snow-wise) for us.
That's the latest. Love you and David lots!