This year, myriads of people have been subjected to unwanted events: masks, restrictions, social distancing, illness, job loss, economic hardship. That list applies to Covid-19, but doesn't even include the " normal" hardships that are so much a part of life. People everywhere are experiencing hard things. So let me ask you a question that… Continue reading Are you a victim or a victor?
Are you weary of the quarantine? (Is the pope Catholic?) I woke up a few days ago and thought how weary I am of this sterile sameness. Probably a lot of people reached that point a long time ago. Personally, my life has been pretty full of activity - in fact in some ways a… Continue reading Things a Weary Person Can’t See
In no particular order, I bring you life from the Steele home in recent weeks.
In my tenure as a mom, I've discovered that if one thing can kill my joy posthaste, it is RUSH. One morning recently, I caught myself rushing to get the house picked up for our house cleaner, rushing to complete my dressing routine, rushing through the breakfast preparations. We were late for school. I rushed… Continue reading Some Thoughts on Being Rushed
Growing up, "avid reader" was a term I heard my mom apply to my friends. I wasn't really that kid. And while I still don't think "avid reader" applies to me, I do love to read and I simply keep plugging away at it! Between my personal reading and out-loud reading with my kids, I… Continue reading My Favorite Reads in 2019
Our church recently hosted a Christmas celebration, and yours truly took part in the play production as.... Did Mia play baby Jesus in the play? No, there was no live Jesus in this particular performance. But there were a few angels... Hosanna also performed a song on her harmonica. She recently received a tutorial book… Continue reading Happy Holidays from Mary and Joseph…er…the Steeles!
Today we celebrated our sweet and spunky Kathryn turning 5! This little girl is Miss Do-It-Myself, a natural leader, smart, and full of lots of emotions. Meanwhile, Little Mia turned 5 months on the 22nd. She is snuggly, sweet-tempered, and sleeps well most of the time.
It feels completely odd to be posting this the day after Christmas, when everyone else is putting up photos of adorable kids in front of glittering Christmas trees. I have no such photos just yet. We will be celebrating a week late this year – yes, that's allowed!– due to a number of social commitments.… Continue reading Better Late Than Never
I'm pretty sure I've never been as stretched as in this season of mothering six. Today, in a short window of time, someone stepped in dog poo, another someone spilled his plate on the floor (twice), my helper needed instructions, the baby was crying incessantly, a toddler was having meltdown, I needed to eat, and… Continue reading Growing Rich
For those of you interested in seeing baby pictures, here are some favorites from Mia's first month of life. Probably a few more than you bargained for! 😉 Mia is a good-natured little person and has adjusted well to her eating and sleeping routine. She's very strong, wanting to hold up her head and trying… Continue reading Our Mia