Friday, June 29, 2012

The Week in Photos


It's that wonderful time of year when our lives are filled with adventures, friends visiting from afar, and the bounty that comes with summer.  It is not unlikely that you will find us having peach blueberry cobbler for breakfast, because why not?  It's summer!

In exciting news, Hugo has taken his first steps, a cobbled together series of four little steps.  It is adorable, and the look of pride on his face is priceless.  Look out world, here he comes!

There have been creeks, and carousels, and swim lessons, and a nest of robins on the fence around our backyard.  And of course all that means that I am just living in the present moment, dropping in between adventures.  

Where has summer taken you?

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Festival of the Wreaths

This Saturday was The Festival of the Wreaths, or Wianki, a Polish celebration of the summer solstice.  I headed down with my two little Polish girls (and Polish boy) to meet up with family at the festival. We all watched with wide eyes as all the big Polish girls danced and sang and made wreaths.  We made wreaths, too, of course.  I remember these celebrations from when I was a little girl, with my own big sister and my own Polish costume.  There's something so lasting about these tactile memories (wreaths, and water, and dancing).  I hope these little ones remember it, too.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Happy Summer Solstice


Hope you're staying cool, wherever you are!  Next stop: the pool.  Thank goodness for water.

Monday, June 18, 2012

And How Could I Forget?

Happy Father's Day, to the man who makes fatherhood look so so good!
(and to all you father's out there... it's the most important work in the world that you're doing!)

A Double Baptism

Isn't he dapper in his suit?
"Woo hoo I'm baptized," says Lily.  Actually, the kids were chasing each other.
There's nothing like the unbounded joy of children to remind us of God's love!
Hint: she isn't really praying.  But this is cute, isn't it?
Aunt Irene is visiting! We are all smiling from ear to ear.
Hugo and his godparents, Robbie and Meg.
Lily and her godparents, Robbie and Lauren.
With four vivacious grandparents who all model Christian lives.
Taking over the shady benches at Shrilington with our cookies and coffee.
Fishing for pennies in the fountain.  This eventually led to Lily re-baptizing herself: it is unknown whether intentionally or inadvertently.

We gathered at our little church this past Saturday to baptize Hugo and Lily.  We were joined by friends and family members young and old, and it was a beautiful, memorable morning.  It's not every day that you welcome two of your children into God's community! When we emerge from the baptismal water, we are called God's beloved sons and daughters.  My prayer for these two little ones is that they will feel that deep beloved-ness and be compelled to share it with others!