Thursday, July 19, 2012



Cooking...summer veggies.  The above photo is last night's dinner.  No official recipe, 
I simply tossed in a green bellpepper, red pepper, zuchinni, summer squash, tomatoes, 
red onions, and sweet corn.  Simmer in extra virgin olive oil and then top with a 
grated cheese of your choice.  Shawn likes his over rice, Isabelle and Brees pair a bowl of 
this concoction with a grilled cheese sandwich.  Delicious! all work.  I am accepting help when it is offered to me, learning to 
overlook the imperfections in my home, and celebrating the smallest triumphs.  If we can 
all make it out of the door in the morning clothed and in one piece, that is good enough
 for me.  I am making lists and staying organized, getting rest when I can and 
remembering to stay focused and patient.  I am a work in progress.
Working on...getting my husband better.  Getting his medicines prepared 
every morning, changing his bandages every evening, helping him to shave, and even 
giving him a haircut.  Nurturing him through this time has been incredibly fulfilling, 
has brought us closer than I ever imagined.  I have never been so grateful for being a 
nurse as I have during this time: to have the knowledge and skill set to care for him in 
an effective manner, to have the contacts and networking capabilities, to have the 
confidence to know that what I am doing is making a difference, no matter how small.  
This time has helped us to understand our vows so deeply: In sickness and in health.  


{My first experience as a barber!  Shawn was in desperate need of a haircut and so I 
went for it, right there in our bathroom, with my Dad in the background overseeing.  I 
love the look on Shawn's face in this photo: scared out of his mind!  I am happy to report 
that all went well: no skin was cut, no uneven hair lines.  Another life skill to add to 
my repertoire...}
Reading..."Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" by Barbara Kingsolver.  She has been 
a favorite author of mine for years and this book just reaffirms my love for her literary 
voice.  This book chronicles Kingsolver and her family as they start their life anew on a 
farm, living off the land.  It is a a refreshing and inspiring journey of a family in search 
of simplicity and a deep rooted understanding of the earth.  
Listening to..."Mumford and Sons" station on Pandora.  In love.
Harvesting Kale

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Mama said...

That last picture just about brings me to tears it's so sweet. I read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle a few months ago and absolutely loved it. It changed my perspective on food completely. Another book that I also read and loved was The Omnivore's Dilemma.

Randalin said...

Shawn's face in the hair cut picture is priceless. Sometimes Kris asks me to cut his hair and makes the same face. He's been doing it himself lately, which I think speaks my hairdressing abilities. 

Those veggies looks so yummy. I'd love it with goat cheese! 

Nichole said...

Byron cuts his hair with clippers, but he always makes me get the hard to reach areas behind the ears. I LOVE kingsolver. My favorite is Prodigal's Summer, I think. I also love Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. Savor that delicious read. And that little Brees...does she ever pull my heart strings....

Lucy The Valiant said...

My husband made me learn how to cut his hair when we were newlyweds... and said that if I messed it up he would just shave his head! I was so horrified at that thought that I was WAY more nervous than I would have been otherwise!

And Mumford and Sons? LOOOOVE!

Wendy said...

Those veggies look amazing! And I love the photo of you cutting Shawn's hair. Wytmer always asks me to help him but I'm terrified that I will mess it up. Glad to see that you all are doing well. I'm going to check out that book you mentioned, it sounds lovely.

Olivia said...

Thank you!  I was pretty scared at first but it wasn't all that bad once I got the hang of it!

Olivia said...

It was fun!!!  I am a perfectionist in every way and took the job very seriously!  Hopefully, he'll let me try again so I can get really good at it!

Olivia said...

She pulls at mine, too!!  Kingsolver is amazing, I love Prodigal Summer, too.  Have you read "The Poisonwood Bible"?  One of my favs!!

Olivia said...

I hadn't even thought of goat cheese!!  Adding it to my list!
Shawn's face cracks me up here, too.  He was scared out of his mind!

Olivia said...

I will definitely check this book out, thank you!!!!  I love that photo, too.  Real love right there!