• apple blossoms

    The Collapse & The Rising

    Dena May 4, 2023

    Getting to this point——deciding to winter in spring——was a long process. It was an excruciatingly slow descent from a period of general wellness and peace to this very dark, seemingly hopeless place. Right now, I am sitting at the kitchen table. A eucalyptus and spearmint candle has been burning all morning. There is a vase of lilacs to the left of me. Between the scent of the lilacs and the…

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  • Wintering in Spring

    Dena May 3, 2023

    I’ve started this so many times. But I could never get it right. So I kept putting it off. And then months went by and then years went by. Finally, I realized that it was never going to be “right.” I was always going to…

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  • Springtime Favorites

    Dena April 13, 2021

    Pulling out a few of our favorite springtime things for after school reading & spelling practice today. It’s been raining nearly nonstop these last couple of days. Hello, April showers. The magnolia trees and cherry trees are dropping their blossoms to the earth, making the…

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  • Mom Hack: Keeping Little Hands Clean!

    Dena April 12, 2019

    Thank you Brawny® Tear-A-Square® for sponsoring this post. Think of all the ways you can Put a Square There! How are you, friends? It’s finally beginning to feel like spring around here for more than a fleeting moment. It has been such a dream watching…

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  • taking stock // 2018 june

    Dena June 8, 2018

    “Perhaps we should love ourselves so fiercely, that when others see us they know exactly how it should be done.” –Rudy Francisco I can’t believe that we’re nearing the middle of June already. This spring has moved so quickly that it takes my breath away.…

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  • a little heart-spill & a spring walk (finally!)

    Dena April 25, 2018

    It’s finally happened. The snow has melted, the flowers have opened, and the earth is alive with the warmth & joy of springtime once again. This is the moment that we’ve been waiting for through the long, cold winter. I kept Roman home from school…

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  • A Spring Plague, Blossoms, and New Endings

    Dena April 12, 2016

    “We cannot start over, but we can begin now, and make a new ending.” It’s been an interesting couple of weeks. Spring started to bloom and then a cold wave came in. It killed most of the early spring flowers and blossoming trees. It was…

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  • Spring Forward

    Dena March 4, 2016

    We’re just a week or so away from daylight savings & spring and I can’t even begin to say what that means to me. But of course, I’m going to try. It means that we’re about to gain an hour of daylight. It means that…

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  • golden hour, being present, caterpillars

    Dena June 11, 2015

    We spent yesterday evening in the yard. As usual, Roman was playing; M. was watching over him; and I was holding Marina. After awhile, my back and shoulders were killing me, so I asked M. to hold Marina for a bit. He walked her down…

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