Thursday, July 27, 2017

Same us, but different

Nine years ago we took this photo:
Seems like a lifetime ago-- actually it seems like
it never happened, but it did.

A few weeks ago we took this photo:
This is us today- same us, but a different us.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017


Tonight after climbing into bed after a super long day moving prep,
Jane sent me this photo of the ranch with a text that read:
"We're moving here!".
That cotton candy sky could tempt anyone to New Mexico-
even Jane who I can sense is struggling with this change.
Today I cleaned out closets, emptied drawers, packed up stuff,
and went through clothes.
And now in my basement I have piles.  
One pile is to take to the ranch house,
another pile to pack away in storage, the third pile 
(which is getting bigger and bigger by the day), is my garage-sale pile,
(which will be on Saturday, August 5th!!).
Another pile is stuff that doesn't belong to us: (white board, swim trunks,
ski gloves, plates, and a random backpack-among other things).
And the last pile is my donation pile.
Oh, I lied,  I also have a giant garbage pile, 
and things-I-don't-know-what-to-do-with-pile.
Not only do I have piles in my house, I feel like I have a bunch of
"piles' in my head too.  
Piles of emotions and I am not quite sure where to put them. 
 But I am confident as the days go by they will all have a place to go-
just like my piles downstairs.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Paper hearts

Today as I was going through drawers in my loft and boxing up glitter,
 stamps, paper, and my sewing things I happened to look up 
on my wall where our huge vintage map is hanging.
On Utah (where we live), I noticed a cutout heart taped on it.
Then I noticed a heart taped on the state of New Mexico 
(where we are moving to in a few weeks).
I am not sure which child put the hearts on the map,
 but it made me happy- and sad, and all sorts of emotions.

I know this move is going to be hard on my children. 
 Change was never our strong suit, and yet we've had plenty of it in our lives.
I am impressed at how the Little Nies have embraced and dealt with this change.
Christian and I often talk about how amazing our children are.
They are resilient and strong and brave and I am honored they are mine.
Together we can do anything.