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    Sneaking Out the Back Door

    “Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.”

    Kahlil Gibran

    Over the last month, it seems as though Fig has become more attached to me than usual. She’s sleeping through the night now and I’m down to only two breast-feeds […]

    Space

    “Language… has created the word “loneliness” to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word “solitude” to express the glory of being alone.”

    Paul Johannes Tillich, The Eternal Now

    Pip and I were snuggling together in bed one morning while Big-Daddy-O and Fig were getting a […]

    Anger Plan

    “Do not teach your children never to be angry; teach them how to be angry.”

    Lyman Abbott

    Pip surprised me the other day by stomping her foot on the floor when she was frustrated. It was a case of her not getting what she wanted, and instead of talking about […]

    Kettles, Pots and Brownies

    “The more you eat, the less flavor; the less you eat, the more flavor.”

    Chinese Proverb

    We don’t typically eat dessert, but every once in awhile Big Daddy-O brings home some sugary delight when he goes grocery-shopping. Last night it was those evil little two-bite brownies. Ironically, Pip didn’t even […]

    Wanting

    “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”

    Martin Luther King Jr.

    Lately, it seems that many of Pip’s sentences begin with, ‘I want…’ We’re not sure where the ‘May I pleases,’ have gone, but we’re determined to […]

    Hot-blooded

    “Sweater, n.: garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly.”

    Ambrose Bierce

    My daughter is a furnace. It’s Fall; people are starting to wear toques on their heads and Pip still wants to wear shorts and a t-shirt when she goes outdoors. She doesn’t like the feeling of clothes […]

    Give me a break

    “Patience is the companion of wisdom.”

    Saint Augustine

    Pip and Fig both have miserable colds at the moment. Neither of them are sleeping well, which means that I, too, am overtired. By about 4:00 pm yesterday, I noticed that my patience was disappearing. Pip was riding her new bike in […]

    Rejection

    “Human beings, like plants, grow in the soil of acceptance, not in the atmosphere of rejection.”

    John Powell

    Fig worships Pip. Not only does she mimic everything Pip says and does, but she also likes to give Pip little gifts. Especially gifts of food. If Fig is given a piece […]

    Love about it

    “Tears are the safety valve of the heart when too much pressure is laid on it.”

    Albert Smith

    Pip seems to cry a lot in the late afternoon. I think it has to do with the fact that she could still benefit from a wee kip, but she hasn’t had a […]

    Creative or destructive?

    “One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making new discoveries.”

    A.A. Milne

    Last Christmas we bought a gorgeous, second-hand Plan dollhouse for the girls. It was in mint condition when we bought it, and our daughters have kept it in wonderful shape until this past week […]