I meant to post this way earlier today but do you know what? THERE IS A HINT OF CRISPNESS IN THE AIR IN THE DESERT. And that calls for immediate drop-everything-else-and-head-out-on-a-celebratory-hike. So I had to obey. I love the desert, especially this time of year.
But other big news (aside from that beautiful crispness), is that it was National Daughter Day this week. Who knew there was such a thing? Or is that just what Instagram makes up to make people post more pictures? Ha! Whatever it was, it sure made me reflect on how the stars aligned so that I have FIVE of those gems. These ones:
…as well as this bonus one:
(They were pretending they saw a lion back on Father’s Day but I adore that picture and those personalities. And I adore how Abby fits right in to our family.)
For some reason I always thought I’d have a slew of boys, but here I am with these gems and oh, I am SO grateful for them.
When is National Son’s Day? Because I won the lottery with that one too. But that’s a post for another day.
I just want to take a minute to talk about BLOG NAVIGATION because I’m still getting some people contacting me through email and instagram not being able to find particular recipes or ideas. People keep getting that “404” error message because of some broken links we’re still working on. I used to just google “71toes _______________” (fill in the blank with whatever I was searching for), but I think until the internet catches up with all this change that won’t work so well.
So I just wanted to remind about that handy little search bar up in the top right corner of this blog under the header. Do you see it?
You can type anything in there from “pesto chicken” to “family home evening” and all the posts related to anything you type in will pop up. So much easier than it was in the old format.
So give it a try.
Still hoping to get those broken links figured out soon!
And also hoping to get more current on here. I’m still working to catch up with summer but so much is happening right now in life! Claire is playing so much volleyball she’s having a hard time balancing everything she’s got on her plate…and so are we since she had three games this week, two of which we were in charge of feeding the team dinner, and they were all SO FAR AWAY! Not sure what is up with the schedule taking us all over creation this season! Lucy’s homework is growing like weeds and we’re trying to figure out the right kinds of modifications to help her with her vision. Which is tricky since she is so fiercely independent and doesn’t want help in any aspect. We have her IEP meeting next week and we’re all hoping to figure out some answers together. Lucy started singing with the MCO choir and she comes out of those practices glowing with happiness.
Also one day last week my whole world came crashing down on me. You know how you can feel like everything is running smoothly only to get smacked in the face? Four out of my five kids were really struggling with some big things and everything seemed so dark and tough. I share this because although I’m a seeker of light and really try to see the best in things, there is also darkness that creeps in. And that is when, mostly looking back on it, that I learn the very most in life. Hopefully I can share more about this soon. I’m taking a class about “Grace” and I have been surrounded by so many women suffering from things you would never guess. We all carry our secret sorrows. And somehow, when we know that about each other and let ourselves be vulnerable we can gain so much beauty. Beauty for Ashes.
Sending wishes out for light and beauty for blog readers this weekend.