"When you called me to be a Mama, You didn't ask for perfection. But that with every breath, I'd point them to You."

Friday, November 17, 2017


"a portrait of each of my children, once each week, in 2017"

Jaden: Conferences went pretty well this week, except for Mr. Rhoads informing me at the start that you had accidentally assaulted him one day by going in to give him a big high-five. :) Apparently you missed his hand and hit him right in the stomach. ;) And so we told him all the stories of your "tackling hugs" when you were younger and that the people you like best usually do get lovingly assaulted from time to time. ;)

Brandon: Conferences were pretty great for you, too bud. Mrs. Witt said you are the classroom's leader - an asset to her and all of your buddies - and that there really wasn't anything at all you needed to work on! She also said she's been using one of your pieces of writing as an example and shared it with the other 2nd grade teachers. She's amazed at how much detail and effort you put into your stories! I told her I have no idea where you get that from. ;)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Wordless Wednesday // A Walk Through the Woods

A walk through Hartman Reserve just like all the year's before. Stories of my Nanny and PopPop that lived across the street. A search for the perfect Yoda walking stick. A closed entrance due to construction and a back way in and an abandoned trail quiet but for the noises of the leaves crunching beneath our feet and the only company being the three deer that stopped to stare at us from a few feet away. An October Sunday just for us.

Monday, November 13, 2017

An Autumn Campus Walk

Several weeks ago the boys and I took a gorgeous walk through UNI's autumn campus on a picture perfect October Friday evening.

Living within a short walking distance to campus now, we get drive-by views quite frequently of how the changing of the seasons looks on campus, and on this particular Friday I knew that the leaves were at peak beauty... with probably just enough on the ground to play in.

Our previous house shed its leaves in abundance, but the trees at our new home are later droppers, and I think by the time they've all fallen off their branches, we might have snow on the ground to go with them! I was feeling kind of bummed about that throughout October and was almost willing the leaves to start falling, as I have loved watching the boys grow up playing in piles of them. But I got over my disappointment quickly once we reached the campus lawns and I was reminded that UNI never looks more beautiful than it does in the fall.

And the boys loved it so much they stated multiple times that we need to take more walks through campus.

The grounds were quiet, as most students had wrapped up classes for the weekend. And being relatively the only ones there, we had a lot of fun playing catch with the football, making leaf piles by hand... and even helping some young college girls learn how to operate their DSLR camera they were carrying around as they attempted to get some modeling shots of their own.

We ended the night with a trip to the UNI track and some good Asian Fusion food with Daddy afterwards.

This... this is October. And I am very proud to call this campus our home away from home. They seriously do such a good job taking care of it.