Anticipation is tough for me. Busyness and doing are much easier. Maybe I’d be able to appreciate the waiting better if simple activities like putting on socks weren’t such a challenge. But at this point, waiting is really all that’s left to be done. And while we wait, we live with place holders…an empty crib, unused bouncy chairs, stacks of diapers, an entire wardrobe…which remind us every second about the little one who will soon join our family (as if the giant belly weren’t reminder enough).

(chalk image above was made by Mia Nolting)

Yesterday I read some posts on a great blog, Under the Sycamore, about a family’s wait for the child they are adopting. Mom, Ashley Ann, happens to be a wonderful photographer and took this image…depicting their waiting experience. How gorgeous.


when i was growing up we had a large wicker chair that we kept in the attic and brought out for people’s birthdays. Naturally, we called it the birthday chair. Today, one of my favorite blogs – Brabourne Farm, has a feature on these peacock chairs. I’d love to find one for our new house and continue the tradition.

















And here are a few shots of the original birthday chair in action at my house…

I love this gorgeous poster from a favorite stationary designer, Mr. Boddington’s studio. It adapts the typical child’s ABC poster by using icons from New York.

I remember in graduate school being given an example of how simple books for kids can be culturally biased. What relevance do farm animals have for urban babies? If you grow up in the midst of a city, does knowing that a chicken clucks and a pig oinks help you at all? My daughter has an early obsession with planes and I can’t help but think that our urban location and proximity to the airport has a lot to do with that. It’s interesting to think about the power of our environment and kids provide a unique opportunity to look at our surroundings a little differently.

A Year of Mornings - 3191 Miles Apart

I’ve always been inspired by this project and love the book that it resulted in.

Two friends, who live 3191 miles apart, maintain connection by taking and sharing a picture on a joint blog each day. They start by chronicling their mornings. The next year they capture their evenings instead.

It encourages you to see the beauty in the ordinary. I often think about what one moment I would capture and have tried a couple times to actually do it. The idea behind this project and book has been helpful in guiding my structure and purpose for this blog.