February

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All moved in! It was so quick which I am thankful for! My plan had been to have the changing mat on the trunk again but Someone keeps moving it off so off it stays because I don’t feel like fighting that battle!

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Apparently it doesn’t often snow here, except for all 3 times so far in the time we’ve been here…

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One of my favorite books from childhood, The Clown of God, has become one of S’s favorite. She calls it “Many years ago.”

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I didn’t realize how much I missed cooking until I had a full kitchen again!
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These, however, were made by Ezra – I came home from Bible study to find both girls in bed and him making something for breakfast.

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Finding some good library books, like this one about Charles Ives.

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Ezra finished the shell wind chime we had wanted to make after our honeymoon – after seeing them being sold at tourist traps in La Paz. We picked up our own shells to make it ourselves.

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S sets the table most days.

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Valentine’s Day dinner, with flowers from Ezra for both S and I.

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We were talking about Greek food beyond Gyros and Ezra had never had any other Greek food, so I made Moussaka!

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And salmon was on sale. YUM YUM.

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This chair was damaged right before our move so I decided to try reupholstering it!

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Apparently it had been redone before.
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All done! In retrospect I probably wanted tapestry type upholstery fabric, but it’s more comfortable than it was before!

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We read about berry dye in a book and tried it ourselves.

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Crazy kid.
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I love the postbath footprints she leaves.

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I love these and wish they were cheaper…

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I made her a guitar and she wanted to take it everywhere.

Hymns of the month// I’ve been memorizing one hymn a month and brushing up on another one or two. It’s good for me both for memory techniques and for having the words always there, and S is picking up on a lot of it when I sing the same hymns every day. This month was Jesus, Priceless Treasure, O Love That Will Not Let Me Go, and The King of Love my Shepherd Is.

favorite recipes// million dollar chicken // loaded mashed cauliflower casserole (could use potatoes!) // moussaka // grilled salmon with avocado salsa// Pakistani black bean curry // butternut squash lasagna rollups – I put the squash in the cream sauce and just put it over pasta! Same yum, less work // blueberry breakfast cookies – not as good as others I’ve made, but good if you need egg-free //

best of online//  women’s wellness series // catching up on music from Spiritual Lives of the Great Composers – Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms // mentioned in “What Charlie Heard” was Putnam’s Camp, about two marching bands going opposite directions playing different tunes! // foster care in America: ways to help // foster children need the church // I have been reading a lot about Charlotte Mason’s homeschool method and am loving it. This is a good “preschool” summary that I am somewhat implementing with S // helpful gardening website // this is also really helpful for gardening in the PNW // Ezra posted a poem // natural pregnancy by week // Hope for PPD // Should I keep preparing for marriage or is it time to prepare for a single life? // listened to a book on tape about Shostakovich and this symphony became a favorite // reupholstering a chair here and here // Karim Wasfi defeats terror in Baghdad with music: video and NPR article //

reading of late// they Say We are Infidels // Loving the Little Years // The Renewing of the Mind Project // The Biggest Story // More Charlotte Mason Education // Dancing Through It // The First 1,000 Days // Wildly Affordable Organic // Symphony for the City of the Dead // (one of these was on tape, one was to Soraya, and three were mostly read in January and finished in February)

thinking about// “the end of all learning is to know God and out of that knowledge to love and imitate Him.” – Milton // peace & organization as a matter of my heart, not stuff & neatness // healing & sabbatical //

The Munchkins// are changing & growing SO much. S talks constantly about everything and is developing an imagination. Ellie shrieks and giggles and rolls wherever she wants to go.

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