Archive | January, 2008

A Thread of Grace

“There’s a saying in Hebrew,” he tells her, ‘No matter how dark the tapestry God weaves for us, there’s always a thread of grace.’” I lost sleep over this gripping book. Several nights in a row. Midnight, I’m exhausted, Dom’s sleeping soundly next to me and I know I need to just turn off the […]

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My New Desk

Finally posting pictures of my Christmas present from Dom, a new computer desk (so I no longer have to balance my laptop precariously on the arm of the couch when it’s not in use). I actually do have a desk. Or did when we got married, Dom’s using it now. It was mostly a stuff […]

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More Bella in Texas

My retired dad refers to his hammock chair, now re-located in my parents’ recently erected gazebo, as his “office”. Frequently when I call, I find that he’s been out reading and/or napping in the “office”. When we got to Texas the old hammock chair had been severely gnawed by the squirrels (my dad’s sworn enemies) […]

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Bella’s “Crack”

I just found some pictures left on the camera from our time in Texas. I especially liked this series of Isabella sitting with my dad while he feeds her Nutrigrain bars, which she (and now he) calls by her generic name for crackers, cookies and other treats: “crack”. Yep, my daughter is a crack addict. […]

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A good memory

Tonight Dom was reading Bella a book as I was finishing my dinner. It’s a simple book with a heavy rhyme scheme and he started leaving off the last word of each couplet. And Bella was filling in the missing words! I had no idea she could do that.

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A Trip to the Dentist’s Office

This morning I took Bella with me to the dentist’s office. I set out with a diaper bag packed full of books as well as Bella’s sippy cup, a bag of Cheerios, and Bella with her dolly tucked under one arm. And much trepidation, fearing another meltdown as happened when she accompanied me last week […]

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After-Midnight Snacks

I’ve been waking up at 4 or 5 the past few mornings and been unable to go back to sleep because I am so hungry. I have to get up and eat something. Also perhaps because that seems to be a time when Sophia wants to go through her morning exercise regimen. Maybe there’s something […]

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by Hallie 1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE ?  No. Though I believe my parents attended St. Melany’s Byzantine Catholic Church in Tuscon, AZ (which claims to be the only church in the world dedicated to St Melany or Melania) sometimes before they moved to Texas where I was born. 2.  WHEN WAS THE LAST […]

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Clean Up!

From telling me when her diaper is wet to reminding me to get dressed after breakfast, Bella has become fascinated recently with ritual, order, and cleanliness. Ok, sometimes she strikes me as downright obsessive about such things. It drives me a little nuts when she insists about twenty times during a meal that I wipe […]

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