Lovely Little Things, 28


birds central park zoo

at the central park zoo. I love how birds sometimes look like people in deep conversation when they sit together.

This week’s lovely little things.


The last few weeks took us on a wild ride. One of those wild rides that is fun at times and makes you want to throw up at others. There was a lot of living in those travels and out of the ordinary days. But not a lot of writing. Or quiet. Or breathing. And, of course, there is living in the writing and the quiet and the breathing too. So we’re back to that this week. And it’s been rougher than I thought it would be, to settle back into the normal rhythm of life. Probably because life right now follows anything but a normal rhythm. But man is it lovely to just stay put for a bit.


My list of close friends has morphed and changed throughout the years. Some of the people I am closest to right now were not at my wedding. They were not invited. I didn’t know them then. I didn’t know them when my daughter was born almost five years ago. Some I didn’t even know when my son was born. And yet, when we travel or they do or for the plain ol’ reason of ‘life gets busy’ we don’t see each other for a few days or a week, I feel it. And when we reunite, I feel that too. I felt reunion this week and, yes, lovely.

The strange thing about making close friends after you’ve married and birthed all of your children is that opportunities to really celebrate the big occasions of life feel rare. Fortunately, one in our group is bravely walking into the world of 3 children this month. She is the first in our group of friends to be pregnant since we’ve all become close and the first (most likely only) of us to grow her family beyond 4. So we took advantage of the opportunity and we celebrated. In a little after-tuck-ins soiree, a surprise that went off with only an almost-hitch, we showered her with cake and sparkling lemonade and gifts for her third little one. Lovely is celebrating whenever possible.

fall music

I know, I’m early here. As in before it’s Fall, before it’s cold, before school has even gone back for us. But with all of the travel I’ve done in the past few weeks, I can’t help it. I want to nest and stay home and organize and be cozy. So this week, we’ve skipped afternoon trips to the park and stayed home instead. And I’ve brought back my Fall music. I said this among a group of friends, sort of as a passing comment as I assumed that everyone categorizes their music according to season. Turns out, I was wrong. But I organize most things (food, drink, music, colors, etc.) by season. So this week, I switched from my Dave Matthews and Rusted Root stations on Pandora for The Lumineers and Carla Bruni. And it sounded lovely like Fall.

sharing super

My belly still flips a little whenever I see my name and headshot on the front page of Huffington Post. My friends still flip a little too! But this week, I felt even more honored to see my words up there because they ran a post I feel so strongly about. They helped me say to every mother within their reach, you are a Supermom. This post sprung from me one afternoon after I felt like quite the supermom, accomplishing a series of tasks in a short amount of time that I was so sure would fall apart spectacularly. It’s rare that we take a moment to recognize how super we are and it’s easier to focus on the spectacular falls. But we are super, all of us. We are.

favorite words


Happy weekend, all. Wherever you go this weekend, I hope you go wholeheartedly, one-directionally, and without regret or reservation.


  1. I only saw my name and headshot at the Huffington Post once and it was marvelous. I’m gearing up to tell them who I am. I’ve never done that and I want to.
    Rusted Root and Dave Matthews are summer bands for me too – something about the driving to the shore.
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  2. I love the idea of music for the seasons! Never thought about that. I’m sad that school starts on Monday, but I will welcome the return to routine. My writing has suffered because of the lack of it!
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  3. Congrats on being on the Huffington Post!!! And routine stabilizes us, though it can be boring, isn’t it?

  4. I, too, am truly looking forward to a boring week (and more, if we can get it). This summer has been beautiful and tragic, and most certainly, eventful.
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  5. I absolutely love the idea of having a Fall music playlist! I might hold onto my summer playlist until Labor Day and then I’m switching over!
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  6. Sounds like you’ve had one heck of a time. I hope the settling-in goes well, and that you’re back to feeling as though you’re on an even keel very soon.

    Your friends and the baby shower sound lovely πŸ™‚ I’m glad you have them. Good friends are so important. πŸ™‚
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  7. How cool is it that you were featured at the Huffington Post. Congrats on that! I can so relate to having come across a lot of new friends since being married and having our son. We’ve gone through so many changes though and it seems we are close to people for only seasons. We still haven’t met people that we could be friends with for a lifetime…I think a this point, meeting people of like mind along the way is nice and I’ll take that and be happy with it even if we never get to have friends that stay around longer than a season.
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  8. Congrats on the Huff Post piece! And I, too, love the idea of seasonal music and will have to give that some thought for what it means for my music. I’m so ready for fall. Thanks for sharing those beautiful words, too.
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  9. It’s amazing how our friends change with the seasons of our lives, isn’t it? Yeah…

    Loved that you surprised your lovely with gifts for her third!! What a perfect thing to do. She’ll need your help when that precious number 3 comes!!!

    I always feel so unsettled and antsy when I don’t have my breathing space to write and read and pray. I am feeling that now, after a very busy weekend with my dad in town. Traveling is such a whirlwind and I always feel so displaced amidst the joy of adventure and new things. But it’s always worth it.

    I love your lovely little things – always!
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  10. Ah! Routine. I know so well the out of whack feeling that comes when life is hectic. It happens to me this time of year especially with the kids going back to school and starting sports…until we find a flow.
    Friends are a wonderful thing to have and it sounds like you have a fantastic group of them.
    Huge congratulations on Huff Post! My belly would flip a little every time, too!
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  11. I love the easy rhythm of days with routine. I haven’t yet settled into the post-summer schedule yet, but look forward to doing so.

    Congrats on your Huffington Post post. πŸ™‚
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