Voices live in every finite being,
Often undivined, near silence.
Hear them!
Hear them in you! in others!
They sense truth deep in all life;
They know the things true Pilgrims stand for.
Stand out!
Come to Him without the things the world brings;
Come to Him!
As a child and as a poor man.
He had all. He gave all.

~Charles Ives

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Osh Kosh B'Gosh

These are my two favorite Fall outfits:

Grandma got these for Charlie this summer and they finally fit him perfectly. Grammy got him the shirt, also Osh Kosh, which fits now with room to grow. Great minds think alike.

These OKB'G overalls I found at our local Goodwill. Overalls are wonderful things, especially for little boys.

I am including this one for Grandpa, since it won't be long before he has out-grown his Cardinals onesie. In the meantime, he's still a proud supporter.

Thies Farm

Several weeks ago a friend of mine invited Charlie and I to join her and her daughter for a pic-nic at a local farm. Every year the farm decorates with hundreds of pumpkins and haystacks, sets up a maze through cornstalks, and generally creates a pretty cool "Pumpkin Patch" play yard. Though it's really geared toward older kids (there were a number of elementary school classes field-tripping that day), our two still managed to have a good time...I think.

The hay definitely won over Mom and the camera.

I was impressed with the flexibility these two kiddos showed. They were happy no matter where we plopped them down.

My all time favorite moment, though, was watching the miniature cow in the petting zoo try to lick my friend's hair with its long pale tongue while she was tending to her daughter. It gave us both the willies, and still makes me laugh when I think about it.

Pumpkin Carving with Dad

Friday, November 5, 2010


Last night our little boy managed to connect moving forward with the appropriate hand and knee movements. Happily, Charlie and I were both home to see it.

This morning we took a bit of video to share with our friends far away...

You have our permission to smirk at our excitement.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Deborah Madison's Vegitarian

A couple of weeks ago I pulled out Vegetarian Cooking For Everyone by Deborah Madison. And to get us in the mood for the changing weather I started with soup.

First I made her basic stock.

The house smelled delicious.

Then I made Minestrone soup with lentils. It was worth the effort! Charlie and I both enjoyed it immensely, though Charlie's enthusiasm was a little muted due to the frequency soup has been on our menu lately.

While I was working...