Sometimes math class = Mama’s manicure time. #homeschool #multitaskingninja
An unprecedented evening of quiet calls for tea, fuzzy blankets, and writing outside. #amwriting
A trip with kids is not a vacation. It’s time well spent, but the parents do not come home relaxed and refreshed. We assumed our jaunt to Virginia would be a delight, but exhausting. What a joy to discover that the friends we reconnected with, who opened their homes, showed up with treats, or made a drive to see us - they encouraged, challenged, and utterly refreshed us. We haven’t spoken in over 6 years, some of us, but the spirit remembers a friendship forged over time, honesty, and late night card games. These moments with friends were actually holy, a sweet glimpse into the future when miles and jobs won’t separate us. We left pieces of our hearts, and no doubt several forgotten pieces of clothing, over the 2000 miles we covered this week. Thank you, heart friends, for loving us so beautifully. We are humbled and taught by all of you.
Couldn’t resist one more day of museum hopping, this time in our old stomping grounds of DC. Soaking up some time with lifelong friends and rounding out our week of history with some science. I have not missed the traffic here, but the people and the energy??? That feels pretty nice. #museumofnaturalhistory
How a family of nine takes a selfie...
Sure, they’ve looked bored in some (most) of the pictures. There aren’t squeals of delight like at Disney. But I’m learning to recognize the brooding look not as boredom, but as absorption. They were taking in an alarming amount of history, information, and sensory experiences. And tonight, when we sat around the table and evaluated the world view of the museum curators (not a criticism, just an observation) and talked about how to consider the original sources and what sort of perspective each unique individual brings to the Story, I felt hopeful. I felt like maybe they are learning and, even better, thinking more than I realize. So maybe if they don’t remember all of the steps to firing a musket or cooking in a Dutch oven, if we’ve made them Think, then this has been time well-spent. 💪🏻 Plus, photo-ops for days... #historyisfun #colonialwilliamsburg #yorktown #jamestown
Poor Mrs. Jennifer. She takes a week off from helping me school our crazy gang and yet we still run into each other, 4 states away from home! Sorry to ruin your vacation, Jennifer. 😂😜😘
I love exploring with these yahoos.
If you’d told us at our wedding, 18 years ago today, that we would spend our 18th anniversary shuffling our SEVEN kids around Williamsburg, Va, we would have laughed at the absurd notion. But, it’s actually not so absurd after all, and, as long as I’m with him, I am happily bound. (See more colonial hijinks in my instastories.)
Today marks 18 years of Us. God has been gracious, and the time has been sweet. Andrew, here’s to millions more cups of coffee together.... I’m so glad my days are full of you. #anniversary 📷credit: @carimaryegriffith
For Real Grins all around when we chat with my sister and nephew across the ocean. First thing I did was something stupid to make Archer smile at me. #proudauntie
Just a tiny piece of the extraordinary humans I spent the weekend with. They make me believe in the power of sheet cake to bring about world peace, and the wisdom that can be gleaned from the journeys of others. So grateful God (and @sortaawesomemeg ) brought us all together.
Oh, hello, mountains!! #breathless
Not a bad spot to have coffee. #mamasweekendaway