Monthly Archives: April 2014

poetry inspiration

This week is just as much of a doozy as last week, but I’m ready to sit back down and work on the kitchen idea some more. Looking forward to sharing that later this week. In the meantime there are a few poetry related items in the archives I thought I’d share.

This is an older post, but it’s perfect for National Poetry Month, and it’s also a great collaborative teacher’s gift idea if you are in charge of one of those projects this school year – Poetry Pot. This is also a great exercise with younger kids to get them thinking about writing simple poetry about people or things they love. It would make an excellent Mother’s Day gift as well.


Or how about embroidering your favorite poem onto a dress? It’s a great way to take your child’s favorite poem and incorporate it into an everyday item – especially a poem about movement and joy, just perfect for a twirling birthday dress.

life’s a circus


These days are a little nuts, as we wind down from this recovery period. Everyone’s tired and stretched thin. The girls are sick with strep and recovering. I’m sore from a busy weekend and recovering. Work is crazy for both of us, and we haven’t figured out the recovery route for that yet.

Freak Show

It did feel good this week to get out and work with other friends on the event for E’s school this past weekend. The hours were long and late, but the company was good and I’ve not had a lot of opportunities to venture out much past work for the past six weeks. I also got to spend a few hours drawing and painting – a rare treat for me. I’ve been missing my physical outlets lately, but also my creative ones. It was so nice to get out the paints and the brushes and wing it.

Family Circus

Every year I’m in charge of doing the raffle basket posters. This year I decided to use watercolors, and went for a vintage circus poster feel – but beyond that I didn’t have too much of a plan. I kept the layout the same on all four, and changed it up in the center. The girls watched me work, and helped me with the geometry of the stripes and mostly just came downstairs each morning and said “totally awesome” in a whisper voice that completely made my day.

Backyard Circus

It’s almost Monday as I type this, and I’m sore and tired and the washing machine isn’t working (which is a problem when I have two pairs of pants that fit), and the kids are wiped and M’s out of town for a long day and life’s a bit of a circus for sure. Things will change this week – I’ll get the pin out of my foot, put on socks and shoes! for the first time since the middle of March, and the circus will shift from this one to another one – fitting physical therapy and end of the school year events into an already busy schedule. Sometimes you just have to embrace the circus as it unfolds – and find pleasure in it and beauty in it and humor in it whenever possible.

admiring: 25 april 2014

Ahh – how busy this week is! (She says, while trying to recall a week that wasn’t.) I still love the month of April, and not just because my birthday rests in there. Also, there are tulips. (And I’m missing so many of them this year with no walking and running.)


It’s also National Poetry Month, and so I give you a few haiku’s by E. (She’s prolific, particularly in April.)

Little Sister
waa waa waa waa waa
waa waa waa waa waa waa waa
Finally, she sleeps.

Control the powers
You reverse the curse with love
Break the frozen ice

Achoo Haiku
Smell the-achoo!fresh rainfall

I am enjoying the extra poetry in my days. I really enjoyed this show on Wednesday, especially this part around the 26:30 mark:

We don’t really live after things happen, we live in their aftermath. I don’t think we get over things or come to closure. I really believe that we learn to live beyond those experiences, and our language also passes through… so that language becomes different.

I’ve been thinking so much lately about this path of learning (re-learning) to live beyond loss, now that we are six months out from it. The idea that our language is also forced to transition into a new place, and becomes changed by that journey, feels very true. That’s also not the first time I’ve been thinking about the concept of closure lately either. I also listened to this talk that Brooke sent me last week about that very thing.

Back to that first link – I loved the end part, talking about introducing children to poetry very early on and making it a regular part of their reading and listening each day. The girls love it when I pull a book of poetry off the shelf and we read poem after poem after poem before bed. I have one of our favorite books of poetry listed here, but I obviously need to flesh that out a bit more – there are so many.

And speaking of books (and birthdays! – my sis celebrated one too this month – by running a half marathon!) – here’s a good one to look forward to:


Sending spring vibes your way with this one. If you’ve found anything great to share, please do. (Bonus points if it’s poetry or ice cream.)