13 August 2012

catching up.

friday night i climbed between cold bed sheets at the embarrassing hour of seven-forty-five. i'd promised books to L, so she fattened up her pillow and read me some junie b, boss of lunch and not even her icicle toes on my kneecaps could keep me conscious for long.

it'd been a long week, hard but plenty good.

the kidfolk started school on thursday with all the drama of clouds clapping thunder and an extra-late bus, but they were mostly chill with just a salting of first-day fervor. even little m, trying on academia for the very first time, didn't seem one bit nervous: his experience in life is that people love him. he shows up someplace, he's a big hit. this kindergarten thing was cake.

so then it was just me and my over-creamered coffee and the most productive day i'd had all summer. [side note: it's miraculous how much one can accomplish when you're not haggling with a six year old over every line item of the day's proposed agenda.]

and right when i got to the afternoon ache of missing my kids, they scooted back home again for cookie bars and first day homework. i love these folks.

speaking of love, somewhere between age sixteen and thirty five, i've grown an earnest crush on nearly all things vegetable. most summers i stake up a tomato plant or two (that plus crabgrass are the only things that don't wither and die at the sight of me), but this year things were a wee bit hectic and i never quite managed it.

luckily for us, we are friends with people who have gardens of such grand scale that just stepping over the rectangles of fencing wire heralds us back to an era mid-jurassic. we showed up at the first blush of tomatoes a couple saturdays back, when the banana peppers were in full chorus. there's something about breathing the earthy tang of all that loam and leaves, sun spilling early on your shoulders, that feels just right for cracking open the day.

apparently my love language is produce.

and now i am off to tackle another kilimanjaro of house/missions/etsy work. have a gorgeous, tomato-filled monday, my friends.


Katarina said...

So glad to read your updates and look at your beautiful pics!!!The garden is delightful(looks very familiar too) and so are the kids. xx

Kristen said...

So glad to have you back- you are such an eloquent writer I live seeing your life through your eyes!

Brandee Shafer said...

The kids look so cute, all schoolified. Your love language is fresh produce, and mine is zoo animals and roadside architecture. We should have a road trip. I'll pull over at the veggie stands.

Captain Murdock {Godwilladd.com} said...

Your kids are beautiful. I'll be sad to send my 3 "bigs" off, but looking forward to how much I will accomplish once they're in school all day everyday.

Can we look forward to more regular blogging now? ;)

kendal said...

love love love the pic of all five ready for school - congratulations, nic! my girl? off to college on friday. feeling proud....i'll NEVER forget that you made her a doll when i was at my wits end with worry.

Raechel said...

This happy little deposit into our lives gave me two joys:

1. The thought of being productive during Oliver's school days

2. The comfort of knowing that he *will* come home and that he's not going for good.

I already can't wait for him to come home, and he won't have his first full day until Friday.

Glad to see you and your littles are doing well.

Farmgirl Paints said...

Do you instagram? If not ya need too. I'd love to tag along more often than your blog posts....miss ya. My coffee is over creamered too. Love that he knows he'll be a big hit. That's a good thing.

Joy said...

I soaked up ever word. And those five? Sweet goodness.

Found your card in my mailbox on Saturday. Made my heart burst with pride for you and God and what's to come.

Have a sweet week of quiet.

Marie said...

i really like the picture of them all together, all ready for school:)

since we homeschool, i don't have those kinds of experiences.

amy luella said...

"there's something about breathing the earthy tang of all that loam and leaves, sun spilling early on your shoulders, that feels just right for cracking open the day." yes, there is! those midwest gardens look a lot different than these colorado attempts. sometime it feels like a joke out here, but it's a fun and tasty endeavor! love that first day of school shot of all 5. what a dear and good looking bunch.

amy luella said...

oh, little m's expression dragging into the house. adorable.=)

Jorth said...

Love love love all your pics, but that one of M coming inside is a beauty!

lauren said...

sitting amongst your words brings me more perspective and peace than you realize... you are a breath of calm after the storm of crazy. i bet you make a fabulous real life friend. :)

Heather said...

Ah, the first day! Love that photo of all your kiddos in a row--one to stare at twenty years from now, for sure.
I was just planning my photos of my taller-than-me tomatoes! Somehow, with little rain this summer, those babies seemed to grow like weeds :)
You've inspired me to get at it.