Once upon a time…

I had my first baby and started a blog. That was in 2005. Nine years later, I had my fourth baby and stopped my blog. I spent the next year taking care of that baby and writing handwritten letters. Every day from March 9, 2015, to March 8, 2016, I took what I could say to the masses and doled it out to one person at a time, one letter at a time. I didn’t want my Letter Project to end.

I still write some letters, but now I write about writing letters, about what I learned in the process and how I became more human. I have decided to merge my thoughts on letter-writing with my interest in quotes and my fascination with minutiae into one big unfinished letter called a blog. It is addressed to you, with love.

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Wednesday Windows: Figs, Oils, and Photos

My friend Jaime is the person who first introduced me to the ideas of "margin" and "open windows." The two topics are unrelated, but they are both extremely helpful.

August 24th, 2016|

Pick a Person, Place, Thing, or Idea

Just ask Cash. All of last school year, we drilled over and over that “A noun is a person, place, thing, or idea.” We sat at the kitchen table and looked around us and named examples.

August 20th, 2016|

Back to Home

The reason I love our University Model School is that we get to go "back to home" just as much as we get to go "back to school." One of the reasons we picked Greenville when deciding where to move was because of the opportunity for our kids to attend this unique type of school.

August 15th, 2016|

Stone Wall on the Lake, Part 2

I left off last time with Story crying in the rec room and me bustling around the kitchen, hurrying to get lunches made so I could get upstairs to write.

August 9th, 2016|

Stone Wall on the Lake

When a friend calls to me from the road And slows his horse to a meaning walk, I don't stand still and look around On all the hills I haven't hoed, And shout from where I am, What is it?

August 5th, 2016|

Monday Minutiae: Tessa Spice

In my Monday Minutiae: What's Tandem, I talked about my backup lunch on days when I wish I could go eat at Tandem but instead am at home making lunch for four kids and getting Sailor down for her nap.

August 1st, 2016|
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-Greeting card quote

We’re walking temples of noise, and when you add tender hearts to this mix, it somehow lets us meet in places we couldn’t get to any other way.

-Anne Lamott, Small Victories