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july.                                                                                                     november
our praying mantis friend. he lives in the trumpet vine below the steps.
i love how he’s changing colors with the season. 
nix that. check out jen’s comment. thanks for the info, jen. i love learning new things!

Hi. I think I say this every time I post here lately–how it’s like coming back to an old friend. This morning what I really need is to collapse into your arms and could you rub my back a little? It’s been a week of an overflowing to-do list with a side order of sick husband and children. Everyone’s fighting the fall flu while I break out the prenatal vitamins again in an attempt to stave off the achy body, runny nose. Those prenatals pack a punch. I’m still healthy. I thought we were coming out on the other side of it all, but this morning Elizabeth woke up a little rattly in the chest.

I’m busting at the seams this morning with things I want to write about. Nothing special, just the kind of things I like to share here–how I look out my window and the sky is bright blue and the leaves are changing, and it’s beautiful.

And how Elizabeth is making her way all over the floor of our house, picking up the dog hair and playing with the tools under the wood burner. It is going to be a long winter of keeping little hands away from the hot stove. I keep sliding her away, distracting her, but she’s fascinated. We’ll have to come up with some type of gate or I’ll be sewing up potholder mitts in 6 month old size.

And how I’m singing this weekend at a conference that my mom is hosting and I did something weird to my jaw and it hurts to open my mouth. I must be clenching my teeth while I work through my to do list. I’m sure it will be better by tomorrow. But for now, the idea of it all is kind of making me laugh.

And how Emma is on a bird kick today. Last night she figured out how to draw a really good bird and now she can’t stop. I wasn’t there, but Dan said when she got to the end of the drawing she just started laughing and laughing because it was so good. She surprised herself.

There’s more, but I’ll save it for now. Elizabeth is rubbing her eyes and nose with her little pudgy fist. It’s her sign that she’s sleepy and ready for me to swoop her up and carry her away for a morning nap. Those moments of putting her down for a nap are my detox. What would I do without her? She brings such sweetness and peace and gentleness to my day.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. There’s big stuff going on here at the farm this weekend. Let’s just say it involves horses. Lots of horses. I think you all might know someone who will be  a teensy bit excited about that. I’ll be back with pictures.

Happy Weekend, friends.

P1010001P1010002
july.                                                                                                     november
our praying mantis friend. he lives in the trumpet vine below the steps.
i love how he’s changing colors with the season. 
nix that. check out jen’s comment. thanks for the info, jen. i love learning new things!

Hi. I think I say this every time I post here lately–how it’s like coming back to an old friend. This morning what I really need is to collapse into your arms and could you rub my back a little? It’s been a week of an overflowing to-do list with a side order of sick husband and children. Everyone’s fighting the fall flu while I break out the prenatal vitamins again in an attempt to stave off the achy body, runny nose. Those prenatals pack a punch. I’m still healthy. I thought we were coming out on the other side of it all, but this morning Elizabeth woke up a little rattly in the chest.

I’m busting at the seams this morning with things I want to write about. Nothing special, just the kind of things I like to share here–how I look out my window and the sky is bright blue and the leaves are changing, and it’s beautiful.

And how Elizabeth is making her way all over the floor of our house, picking up the dog hair and playing with the tools under the wood burner. It is going to be a long winter of keeping little hands away from the hot stove. I keep sliding her away, distracting her, but she’s fascinated. We’ll have to come up with some type of gate or I’ll be sewing up potholder mitts in 6 month old size.

And how I’m singing this weekend at a conference that my mom is hosting and I did something weird to my jaw and it hurts to open my mouth. I must be clenching my teeth while I work through my to do list. I’m sure it will be better by tomorrow. But for now, the idea of it all is kind of making me laugh.

And how Emma is on a bird kick today. Last night she figured out how to draw a really good bird and now she can’t stop. I wasn’t there, but Dan said when she got to the end of the drawing she just started laughing and laughing because it was so good. She surprised herself.

There’s more, but I’ll save it for now. Elizabeth is rubbing her eyes and nose with her little pudgy fist. It’s her sign that she’s sleepy and ready for me to swoop her up and carry her away for a morning nap. Those moments of putting her down for a nap are my detox. What would I do without her? She brings such sweetness and peace and gentleness to my day.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. There’s big stuff going on here at the farm this weekend. Let’s just say it involves horses. Lots of horses. I think you all might know someone who will be  a teensy bit excited about that. I’ll be back with pictures.

Happy Weekend, friends.

17 comments on “morning detox”

  1. Oh those baby hands! My but they get around, don’t they? Something about that third kid… I think, for me at least, it’s when I was finally able to just relax and revel in it. I was heartbroken when Ryder gave up naps. No more excuse for me to lay down and snuggle midafternoon 🙂 Hope your horse-y weekend is truly special!

  2. What a lovely post. It felt, perhaps, a bit like sitting on the couch with you and having a cup of coffee.

    Hoping your jaw feels better. The lists will still be there next week– I’ve never had one run away yet! 🙂

  3. What a sweet post. I love the little day to day lovliness. Maya is all about drawing mermaid after mermaid right now. I have a friend who says that when she is faced with a really hectic week she focuses on a day beyond it all so she doesn’t let what is between now and that day get her too bogged down. I like that idea and have been trying to do it here with all of my lists and it seems to work a little. Enjoy the horses!

  4. I have a study on birds I need to send you…it’s a huge file to print out for lapbooking and such but I know between your girls you’ll enjoy finding ways to make use of it at their age level. I ended up printing off for my 3rd grade daughter so hopefully you’ll have fun too!

    I was at the kindergarten center for the Halloween Festival on Wednesday afternoon and I thought of you. I was put in the face painting area and three kids asked for horses. The other mom’s said no way, I just laughed and said, “come on over here, I’ll give it a try.” The moms and kids all thought I did a great job on making horse face paintings.

  5. Have missed reading your posts! Enjoy every day with your precious family – sick or healthy – the time goes by much too quickly!

  6. oh yes! The oven! Stella is facinated with the oven and often goes over to it to try out her new word, “hot” even when it’s not. Hope your jaw feels better so you can belt it out!

  7. There there, it will get better soon. Sounds to me like you’re able to see the lighter side of it anyway. I feel for you on the jaw…mine usually goes mid sentence of giving the kids an earful. As for the hot stove, I have a wonderful puppy pen which would work great to put around it…too bad you don’t live up the road or I’d drop it to you. Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the horses.

  8. I’m glad to know I’m not the only Molly who likes to take pictures of praying manti (is that plural for mantis?) I was just telling my kids about your watercolor blobs this morning – I think we have found a project for the weekend. Have fun with the horses!

  9. I could picture those fat baby fists so clearly, and the smooshed up red nose. And Emma’s reaction made me smile.

    Have a wonderful weekend. I am glad you stopped by. We can all do with a dose of Molly now and again.

  10. I loved this post! Made me happy it’s fall and even happier about having a little one to put down every day for my own sense of sweetness and peace. Well put! Can’t wait for the post about the weekend.

  11. Hi Molly! I read one of your comments over on angry chicken about something to put under your baby’s nose where it gets red and chapped from all the runny stuff…

    At Adventist Medical Center in the Mama Shoppe on the 2nd floor they sell this cream that is made all natural by one of the nurses that works like magic on lots of this kind of stuff, I go thru buckets of it. (I work there too, that’s my connection!)

  12. Happy weekend! Hope the jaw is feeling better. Very cool mantis pictures. Those are actually two different individuals. Both are adults because the have wings and can’t change their color in the adult stage. Depending on where they hatch out of the egg case- wet and green or dry and brown, their exoskeleton matches the color.Just some bug natural history for you on this Monday morning.

  13. have you ever seen a mantis spread his wings? Jen – is it some mating thing or something? Holy cannoli! It is one of the coolest things I saw as a child. Beeee–ooo tiful. I saw it on a neighbor’s fencepost around age 8 and I sat and stared until he folded his wings back in and hopped away.

    tooooo cool.

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