Quiet halls

– Posted in: challenges

The last couple weeks of summer brought bickering and laments of boredom. The weather hung gray and unpredictable over our heads, and I struggled to focus on anything while they struggled to transition to a new school year. They love school. They look forward to starting, eyes bright with anticipation for what the year will […] Read More

The gratitude project: Day twenty-nine

– Posted in: Joy

Gratitude list: Holding hands Day twenty-nine is a misnomer, really. I fell behind, and then we lost our beloved Nan. I didn't feel much like writing for a few days. Those days stretched forward into the last sputters and bursts of summer days, and I stayed away from this space. I missed it and returned […] Read More

The gratitude project: Day twenty-eight

– Posted in: challenges, Joy

Gratitude list: Battleship Pretend play fails to hold my attention many days. I try to play when asked, especially because I realize how fleeting their worlds of make-believe are. And I relish the times the game evolves and becomes a conversation about friends or something bothering them or something they love. Still, most days that […] Read More

The gratitude project: Day twenty-seven

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Gratitude list: Minecraft and little boy hands I talked a little about what keeps Abbey busy when she’s exhausted summer-like activities. Despite her insistence on teaching him her favorite slime-making methods, Dylan’s only interested in making a new batch once every four times she invites him into her laboratory — otherwise known as the kitchen […] Read More