Friday, January 20, 2017

Take 231

7 Quick Takes Friday
--- 1 ---
I bought these awesome salt & pepper grinders. Just two days later, I dropped a corelle plate on one grinder and shattered the glass. (Yes, the thin plate was juuuust fine.) Those Corelle dishes, man. They're serious. Also, serious sadness over our now single salt grinder.
--- 2 ---
Do you have a Cuisinart food processor like me? I love mine and we use it multiple times per week. Well, hop on over and find out if you need to throw away your blade and get a free replacement. I ordered mine this week and they're so backed up with replacement orders that ours won't arrive for 4-6 weeks. Wow. But, sure. Fine. I'd rather wait than consume processed metal. 
--- 3 ---
Today is Grandma Mary's birthday... that lovely lady I was named after. To the life of the party, we miss you, dearly.
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This fourth take is dedicated to my wonderful son who knows those four magical words that in 2 days were mastered and have totally changed our lives: "TIME TO GO POTTY!"
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It took us a long time, but we finally pulled the trigger on pillows for our sofa.  I'm in love.
--- 6 ---
I have discovered that I have a distaste for words like "precious" and "adorable" being co-opted as sarcastic and nasty. It's also a bit hilarious. But mostly I dislike it. Don't take my cute baby words and apply them to adults who should know better. 
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If you haven't been watching my Facebook feed and you haven't heard of the miracle of Joy, feel free to go read through the posts about this beautiful little girl. She's the granddaughter of folks we knew when we lived in Indianapolis and as a mother of two toddlers, I've been praying and offering up whatever I can for Joy... Over 20 minutes with no heartbeat and she is recovering miraculously. What a testament to our good and kind Father. I'm definitely hugging my babies a little tighter these days. What a gift we have in those (needy, beautiful) babies. Thank you, Lord.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Photo Magnets

We've moved away from family, and I hatched this nice idea of putting some of the people we love dearly on our fridge in magnet form. I settled on Christmas as the right time to make it happen, and just went for it! I looked at one tutorial, but then paved my own way due to lack of supplies that were recommended.

So, this is what I did!

I bought glossy photo paper and magnetic sheets with adhesive. If I had been really cool, I would've bought those two things in the SAME MEASUREMENTS. I didn't. So, this project could be even simpler for you!

I marched on over to and created a new document. I recommend you make your document 8x10 to match your magnets (which I did not). I then added a quick ready-to-go template to be 3 photos long and 4 photos wide--12 photos per page. I recommend you get rid of the white spaces in between the photos. The magnet sheets are completely capable of being cut with the photo on it, so it will save you a step. I clicked the "Download" button at the top of the page as a PNG (high resolution) and then printed to my color printer at home with my photo paper loaded. 

Remove the protector sheet away from adhesive side of the magnet and lay on your printed photo sheet. Cut away!

It's been 3 weeks since these were opened, used and abused by two toddlers. So far, so good! None are ripped, though I do think that one person has a bit of schmutz on their face... hah.

One more thing... with all of the Christmas cards on our fridge, the fun of the individual magnets is a bit understated. :) We have so many Christmas cards and about 30 magnets, so it's a flurry of love and chaos on our fridge right now. I suspect if you gave this gift in July, it would shine even more!

Happy Tuesday!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Take 230

7 Quick Takes Friday
--- 1 ---
I have a confession to make. I haven't read blogs since I moved to Boston. I feel like a hypocrite... but when I started working full time, it just... fell by the wayside. I really want to get back into it, but it's overwhelming. Books give me some continuity and peace as I commute, and blog posts make my life just feel faster paced and scattered. Ironic, isn't it? 
--- 2 ---
This post went around this past week. I appreciated the line, "If the Lord wanted you to have a perfect mother, He would've given you one." 
--- 3 ---
I went on a walk this week during my lunch break and discovered a beautiful memorial dedicated to 9 firemen who lost their lives in 1972 in the fire at Hotel Vendome. I didn't take a beautiful photo of it, but you can see the memorial here. I did a little digging and found this article, too. Wow. From the granddaughter of a fire chief, God bless those families.
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I'm reading Gilead by Marilynne Robinson right now. John Ames became a father very late in life and he writes to his son, "I wish I could help you carry the weight of many years, but the Lord will have that fatherly satisfaction." So. moving.
--- 5 ---
I was getting George dressed for bed this week and he started wiggling around, singing, "Got this feelin' in my booooday!" Thanks, JT. You make our life fun.

--- 6 ---
I finally got around to hemming my navy dress pants. Dang it if my legs aren't two different lengths. G'ahead and laugh... but it's just a 1/4 of an inch... and it happens every time I hem my pants. I measure them the same length... and my right leg is just simply shorter. And the pants don't fall to the exact same spot. No one's looking at my feet, though, right??? Right.
--- 7 ---
It was 61 degrees yesterday! Holy mild winter. Oh, and Virginia and I have made two batches of Christmas cookies that I didn't get around to baking for Christmas... And those perfect sugar cookies? I'm coming of you... I have a three day weekend and I'm planning to conquer! So, we're a little confused on seasons in our home.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017


The adventure of Full Time

Life at the office is very real. The food in the fridge is molding from holiday paid time off, we arrive groggy in the morning with small stories to share from home (ok, well at least I do), and we enjoy flurried conversations around 4:30 p.m., when we can all taste the freedom of 5 p.m. 

I've also found that life around the office is very real. It took me more than three weeks to make it to the tailor. I've tried to figure out a bus route to Trader Joe's after work, but then settle for the oh-so-expensive grocery item at CVS. I keep snoozing my reminder to do laundry because it requires lugging it to another building. The list goes on...

I know what it's like to wear shoes that make you feel wobbly but make you sound powerful. I'm a working mama and I can confidently say that the working mama mystifies me. I'm mystified by you with your tailored suit with heels, the punctual arrival to work, the yoga classes and the family dinners at home. 

This working Mama experiences the unclean floors and skipped yoga routine for more shut-eye, the ever-so-powerful dependence on Amazon because I can't make it to Salvation Army to save my life... Really. Not once since we moved here. (And my kids are prime age for their clothes!)

I will say this: I require more coffee and a enjoy a bit more wine than my 20 hour work week self. But, I'm also doing it. And you know how? 

I'm not alone. I get encouraging notes by email and text, Virginia offers to shop with me and carry in the groceries, my husband does a myriad of jobs that go without thanks, but mostly I thank him for wrestling our children... who desperately want to be wrestled... and I... "I would love to read a book with you!" And then there's the huge treat of Marmie! She was here for a whole blessed weekend! I'm supported and I'm thankful. 

And I must go to bed. Because I have work in the morning... and the coffee needs to be made tonight, so I can sit and thank the Lord for you, for my support and for coffee beans... which I'm sure will also be in heaven... Always in French Press form.