Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sunday Snapshots

Aaaaahhh...just another peaceful Sunday afternoon...

and I find myself thinking,
"Why is it so quiet?....

And why does my house suddenly smell like baby powder?"

I love how Nathaniel's shoe is in the middle of all this.  It's like he's being framed.

Gee...I wonder who could possibly have been here, enjoying the moment?
Yep.  Him again.

At least the entry way smells good.
October 2011

Our powder fresh foyer.

Monday, October 17, 2011

A Beautiful Mess

This handsome guy is into everything, and what's left after that, too! His favorite place to explore is my bathroom, and all I have to do to bring certain destruction there is leave a drawer open, like I did the other day.  Jack found some of my glitter, and I found him, like the little lovechild of a star crossed cherub and a fairy, all sweet and soft and happy, glistening with fairy dust, leaving a sparkling trail behind him where ever he went.

What a beautiful mess!

When he gets older he can tell people, 

"I can't help it if everyone notices me.  When I was a baby I got covered in my Mommy's glitter, and I've been shining ever since!"

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


My cousin Jake passed away on September 29th, and we had his funeral last week .  I am so, so sad.  Maybe I was in denial, but I really didn't think cancer would take his life.  I thought he would for sure beat it with chemo, and live on.  I remember him so clearly when he was little- just so cute, with his blond hair and blue eyes and freckles, always tag teaming with his twin, John.

  I dream of a world where little blond boys don't have to grow up, and especially don't have to die; but I guess that's what God made heaven for.

This is the message Jake left, and I think it's really special:
20 years may seem a short time...but it was my lifetime.
I may not have lived the life you dreamed for me...
But I lived the life I was meant to
Now I go on to live my life where you cannot see
...which doesn't mean it won't be awesome!
Perhaps the only part that's not fair is that
I get to see you...but you can't see me.
I can run and not be weary, walk and not faint...jealous yet?
I can leap buildings in a single bound and walk through walls!
I can fly with eagles and visit the many wonders of the earth.
I can visit with all your relatives that have passed on before me.
You still have some time left here...
 (Amen, Jake. You rock, cuz. And I'm totally jealous.)

To read more about his story or to make a donation to help with his medical expenses, you can visit his blog  

"There are far, far better things ahead
than any we leave behind."
-C.S. Lewis

These photos were taken about a week before his passing.