Glimpses of magic at the edge of summer

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I’ve been feeling so energized to get out and do things and line up new projects. It likely has a lot to do with all of the beauty exploding outside. We’ve been having a ton of rain which is never terribly energizing for me, but when it leads to so much green, and every once in awhile that rain gets replaced by a day of brilliant sunshine and blue skies it makes me want to take advantage of it in every possible way.

I’ve been looking up new sewing projects, spending time in the garden, researching composting (which we started this weekend after years of considering it – and it makes me giddy to put scraps into our pretty countertop bin), and building the kids a dowel swing. Continue reading

Catching the sunset on our 11th year

Today is our 11th wedding anniversary (our “real” wedding, which oddly enough is the way that I refer to the one that wasn’t legal, but which involved all of the traditional ceremony/big reception/all-of-the-people elements; we also had a legal wedding years later, but that one just involved some tacky fake ivy draped around an arch on wheels and a trip to the courthouse, followed by falafel). Thanks to my parents watching the kids overnight we had a fun get-away on Thursday, but today we had a low-key morning and decided that we wanted to take the kids to the beach in South Haven for sunset. Lately the kids love the beach, and we haven’t been to South Haven much since moving back despite having spent SO many summer weeks there for years. I’ve always loved catching the sunset over Lake Michigan, but we realized tonight that we’ve never done that with Vivi and Jude, and the last time Jonah did it he wasn’t yet two. It felt special to spend our first Lake Michigan sunset as a family of five on our anniversary, since we also spent our honeymoon out there. It’s kind of where it all started.

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