Thinking, Playing, Reading


We went to the most beautiful wedding this last weekend in Buffalo NY.  It was the first time in 5 years that Jeff and I were able to get away by ourselves. (And we didn't have to fly which I hate doing, so it made it even more special.)  I loved every bit of this wedding-which speaks to the beautiful bride I am sure, since she no doubt put it all together.  I don't know how to describe it except to say it reminded me of a wedding before Pinterest existed. Just simple and elegant and classy and old-fashioned. Like a breath of fresh air with no pressure emanating because it was all the good stuff emphasized without much fluff?  I took notes for the future (not that I will have a lot to say with four boys?)


A tree got in the way of an awesome football move, poor kid. 

I let my boys choose their haircuts within reason (I do have limits.)  I always laugh when we go to the hair cut place because the ladies always ask me what I want and I say, "They will tell you!"  I love hearing them describe what they want. Andrew is the funniest because he knows very specifically, and is so happy when he gets the girl he thinks is the best. 

I am starting to collect ideas for Christmas-I have a little list of notes and pics on my phone. Here is something we bought for Andrew's birthday which has been a  hit-it sits on our island and is played with constantly- I will add this to our "Favorite Games" post for sure.  You do need two players-the first to match the pattern on the little cube (I didn't get a pic of the shaker cube) wins.  Simple, easy, quick, no direction reading and inexpensive, what more could one ask for?


We are all decorated for Halloween and our books are out of the box. Here are our favorites:

This is a new one we received last year and I love it-the message is so neat, about appreciation and gratitude and how that makes life purposeful.

Perfectly hilarious because we have CRAZY squirrels this time of year, I swear they talk, fight, and work together-and sometimes meet their death in their daring desperate ways.

Our copy is so worn, I just love this tough little old lady.

My kids have always thought this was funny-teachers who give homework on Halloween, imagine!

A story of friends working together.

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Janey carries this book around so I couldn't find our copy to take a pic but Humbug Witch is one of those vintage classic cute Halloween stories, of a little girl trying to be a witch but not succeeding.

And of course, (which is out of print but so worth hunting down):


  1. Love the book recs. I went to a barn sale last weekend and a children's author and illustrator was there. She does a series of books based on a little mouse in Grammy's house. I thought you might be interested in checking her out for your littlest girl. Her name is Christie Jones Ray (Rose Water Cottage Press) and her books are on amazon.

  2. Thank you for the book recommendations (on all your posts, not just this one). I find we have very similar taste in books so I know when you share something that my daughter and I will love it. I've loved your blog for years but haven't commented till today. Keep up the good mom work you are doing. You are such an encouragement to me in my new-mom stage.

  3. Oooh I can't wait to get the rubik's game, my 11yr old boy LOVES all things rubik's. Thanks for the tip!

  4. My brother was also married this weekend and your description of "simple and elegant and classy and old-fashioned" describes their wedding so perfectly too! It was so beautiful and fun, such a great way to launch a new life together.
    Also, thanks for the Squirrels recommendation. My kids love Dragons Love Tacos, so I bet this one would be a hit!

  5. I just ordered the squirrel book!! Thanks for the recommendation!

  6. I am going to my first Catholic wedding this Saturday! First out of 5 this year! So excited!

  7. My favorite Halloween kids book is the "Fierce Yellow Pumpkin" by Margaret wise brown. "Pumpkin Jack" by Will Hubbell, "too many pumpkins" by Linda White

  8. My 4 and 6 year old love "The Three Little Witches" by Georgie Adams.

  9. I've started thinking about the kind of girls my boys might marry. And I really hope they are the kinds of girls who don't need a big expensive wedding ;) I like simple and holy and classic and budget-friendly.

  10. You know, every single time I come to your blog I feel the same way you felt about the wedding. Really. So, so wonderful. Thanks for the book recommendations! We love books around here.

  11. Love the book list! I just put them all on-order at my library!

  12. Just gotta say--we are on our third copy of "The Little Old Lady Who was not Afraid of Anything" now! My kids love it too!

  13. I picked up Rubik's Race. It will be a perfect Christmas gift for my son! Thank you for this blog. I've learned so much from you.

  14. Simple, elegant, God honoring & anti-pinterest. That's how I dream of my own wedding if I ever get married and this is coming from a woman who isn't Catholic. Thank you for always sharing your heart and perspective, you come from a place of wholeness and truth.

  15. Lovely post as always Sarah! I have question, because I LOVE baby names, and partly because I'm a tad nosy. :) Are your daughters' Abigail and Jane, or just Abbey and Janey? I love that they both end in -ey!

    1. Abbey and Janey. I did Jane with the Y to match Abbey-sort of hokey, but I have always wanted to name my kids what they will be called every day, if that makes sense. Thank you!

  16. We have a bunch of those reserved at the library now, thank you for the recommendations! This year my 4 yr old is loving Big Pumpkin. Do you have any suggestions for good Thanksgiving books?