Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return. - Mary Jean Iron

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Happy Birthday!

This may be a testament to how lonely I am for my best girl friend....

Happy birthday to my darling friend Kim! I've never met someone who makes me laugh so freakin hard that I am gasping for air and who radiates grace and love with everything that she does.

Now for the fun stuff. Just a couple of pics in remembrance of some of our best and worst times.

DC Cherry Blossoms - 2010

Buena Vista, CO - Summer 2005

Gauley River Trip - Fall 2006

San Antonio, TX - Spring 2009

Thailand Elephant Ride - Spring 2006

Who knows??

Summer 2007

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Morning Glory

I just have to share this muffin recipe that I have been obsessed with this month. I found it thanks to one of my favorite baking blogs, Joy the Baker. These are muffins that help to get me out of bed in the morning...perfect for sitting down with a cup of coffee to read the news.

Here's the recipe:

FYI: I substituted whole wheat flower for the flax seed meal and oat bran (because I didn't have any), and I used 1 mashed banana and 1 apple instead of 2 shredded apples.

May your morning be glorious:)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Winter Routine

It is bitterly cold outside, which means that much of our time has been huddled under blankets with lots of wonderful books (the exception being those textbooks and notecards that make it in from time to time).

One of my Christmas presents that quickly became an all time favorite.

Finding a routine in the winter is a big challenge for me. I have high hopes of cooking a lot, having friends over, exercising daily (ha), tackling projects around the house, etc., but we have already reached the end of january and what have I accomplished?.....please refer to sentence #1 of this post.

We did make it outside today for a long walk around Hyattsville. We still love meeting new neighbors and this most frequently happens when we are out for a stroll. I have also found that these are the times when we talk about the future and all of the small things that we look forward to.

Today's topics: Bees, Chickens, Garden, Missoula, and Graduating

p.s. I am going to post pics of our latest projects soon, but here is a glimpse of my favorite space.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

i am thankful for every minute i have with this person.