GATHERINGS

,

Happy New Year!

For years, my sister and I have talked about having a fancy party with our kids on New Year's Eve, but each year something happens--sickness, travel, or life--and the evening comes and goes just the same. This year, our three nieces came…
,

last-minute thanksgiving

Some of you already know fall is my favorite season for the crisp air, crunchy leaves, and warm scents, but I also love the Thanksgiving holiday. We are not farmers, and in spite of my dreamy idealism and previous gardens, we don't live off…
,

Date at Home | An Indoor Picnic

As parents, Mark and I have learned to be creative about our "dates." Every other week we have a legitimate night-out to ourselves, but between those evenings, we squeeze whatever random moments we can. Fortunately, we're both pretty…

a {little} spa party

(photo credit: Kristen | Fidelis Studio) Every other year after age 5, we give each of our kiddos the option of a birthday gift or party. Blythe, who turned seven this weekend, had the choice this year. And until recently, she had wanted…

a backyard birthday dinner

A community is the mental and spiritual condition of knowing that the place is shared, and that the people who share the place define and limit the possibilities of each other's lives. It is the knowledge that people have of each other,…

{this moment}: outdoor dinner party with friends underneath pecan trees and a supermoon

{this moment}: A Friday ritual. A single photo (or group of photos) capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor, and remember. (inspired by soulemama) 
,

happy 35th birthday, love.

It really is a wonderful life. And we all wanted to make sure you remembered, so this is how we celebrated you this year on your 35th. You also received many written words of life and encouragement from friends and family there and elsewhere,…
,

happy first birthday olive.

Calling you delightful, Olive, seems like a drastic understatement or cliche (sadly, words limit us at times to describe the full measure of a person), but you are indeed delightful. You are quiet, except when you squeal/scream from your…