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  • Actual happiness looks pretty squalid in comparison with the overcompensations for misery. And, of course, stability isn’t nearly so spectacular as instability. And being contented has none of the glamour of a good fight against misfortune, none of the picturesqueness of a struggle with temptation, or a fatal overthrow by passion or doubt. Happiness is never grand. - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
  • Education
    "Must we always teach our children with books? Let them look at the stars and the mountains above. Let them look at the waters and the trees and flowers on Earth. Then they will begin to think, and to think is the beginning of a real education." -David Polis
  • "Above all, do not lose your desire to walk: every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness; I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it... but by sitting still, and the more one sits still, the closer one becomes to feeling ill... Thus if one just keeps walking, everything will be all right." -Soren Kierckgaard
  • Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. - Albert Camus
  • How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. Annie Dillard

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December 19, 2009



Love your update!! Your boys are so handsome! Tiny in the snow is sooo cute! Silas looks like such a big boy with his missing teeth, only big kids loose their teeth, you know.
I LOVED seeing your place mats!! I want to know exactly what you did. They look great!


I would love to have a copy of the photo of Levi in the backyard. Silas looks like he has had a growth spurt. What a beautiful Christmas tree, please post a photo of it decorated. I love this blog, maybe we can convince Joel to start one. I often go back to the beginning just to see how the guys have grown. I want them to stay little forever! Have a wonderful Christmas!


Very observant, Deb, those are my new placemats! They were super easy, but I will have to explain it over the phone. Do you have your sewing machine in Alaska? I love the family picture of you guys on facebook!

Marsha - I think Joel should start a blog, too! We must try to convince him to do so. I think Silas has grown lately, some of his pants are too short. Are you enjoying all the snow? We are very envious of you all in the mid-atlantic states right now - it doesn't seem fair, we might get 3 inches at most!

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