Finding and creating adventures in everyday life.

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Thankful Thursday – Growing Up

I’ve often said that being a grown up is hard work. There’s a lot of adulthood that’s not much fun. Not that it’s bad or tragic, it’s just that it’s hard work. Paying bills, making wise choices (or trying to), making sure the kids are fed and watered, tidying the house (everyday – can you believe that? Doing it once, even really well, is not enough), insurance, driver’s licenses, putting gas in the car, you get the idea. It can be tedious, boring, and what’s the opposite of fun?

At the same time, there is something amazing when you feel your character actually changing. It hurts sometimes, it is uncomfortable, it is a challenge and yet there is joy.

There are things about being a child that are wonderful – the freedom, the joy in the present, the simplicity of life. At the same time, children tend to be selfish, they see everything in black and white, they don’t have a lot of patience with the shortcomings of others while being very good at ignoring their own.

Ah, the simple days.

Ah, the simple days.

I feel like I’ve been growing up a lot recently in my thinking, in the way that I look at others. I’m looking forward to sharing more about it, but it’s tough on me. There are deep-seated thought patterns and judgements that are being challenged and changed. It’s good though, did I mention that? It’s really good. Being a grown up is hard, but there is a different kind of freedom, a deep joy and you can find simplicity in the midst of our complex lives. I am thankful today that I’m a grown up.

I hope I don’t stop growing. I’m thankful for the grown ups in my life who are blazing the trail. I’ve got a long way to go and I’m going to enjoy the journey.

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30 Days of Creativity – Days 10 & 11

So Day 10 raced by & I didn’t purposely do anything creative – how did that happen? I did make a yummy pasta dinner for my family & a friend – my own recipe – no pictures. I also played a new game & won twice! Does that count?

For Day 11 a big chunk of the day was spent putting together Zane’s big boy bed. We got the same bed┬áthat we have for Jude. We love it. It starts as a twin bed with a canopy type thing & converts to a loft bed when they get older. Takes a while to put together, but as with most Ikea products it’s pretty straight forward.

Here’s Zane on his last night in the crib.


It was both exciting & a bit sad with my first son – these milestones that mean they are growing up. With my second son, it’s a hundred times more bittersweet. We are giving away the crib today. No more babies in our home. Sigh.

Anyway, here’s the finished product. Yes, Zane has sparkly tears on his cheeks – due to a disagreement with his brother, I believe.


Zane did great on his first night in the big boy bed. He got up a couple of times after we put him to bed & started playing, but then settled in & slept the night through.


Here’s to things created, milestones, growing up & getting a good night’s sleep…