Author Archives: Erin

On the farm

Well, Kentucky summer is finally here.  The heat held off for a nice long while, but it looks like it’s here to stay.  I am dutifully slathering the kids in sunscreen, but mostly we make them wear hats and spend … Continue reading

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Oxford, MS

At the end of May, I left Sydney and the kids for a conference in Oxford, MS.  I realized I’ve been there four times in the past decade, mostly because Ole Miss is both William Faulkner’s hometown and the site … Continue reading

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Penners to Market

Yesterday was Sydney’s first appearance at the Wilmore Farmer’s Market, which will run on Saturdays from 8-12 for the next six months.  This being a family affair, we were all there.  And, although I know he was nervous about pulling … Continue reading

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Katherine’s Social Calendar

Yesterday, Katherine had a very full day.  She had a reading part in the second-grade play, “Frog Follies.”  I thought there would only be a few beaming parents in attendance, but as the bleachers filled and filled with families and … Continue reading

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It was oddly quiet in the house this morning

So I went looking, and this is what I found: Domino, famously picky about people, is a sucker for a good throw, and he’s learning that Nathaniel is now finally able to sit still. Erin

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Farm Hands

Sydney is unbelievably busy this month, trying to make up for lost time in getting things ready for his first farmer’s market–in two weeks! The kids have taken the big changes in our lifestyle in stride, seeming to recognize that … Continue reading

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Easter Adventures

Although I love marking the full season of Lent and often make grand plans for the entirety of Holy Week, the reality is that Easter often fall during the busiest time of year for us.  This year is different only … Continue reading

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Katherine Turns Eight

No, in case you were wondering, Katherine hasn’t lost the reading habit.  I imagine that it helps that Dexter seeks out her lap (and overflows it) when we have nap/reading time in our house. Nathaniel got really excited about the … Continue reading

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“April is the cruellest month”

So said T. S. Eliot in 1922.  Every time we get to April in the academic year, I have to agree with him.  So many delightful things (weather! walks! flowers! planting seeds!), but so little time to appreciate them.  Lots … Continue reading

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Nathaniel the reader

Nathaniel’s gotten into reading in recent weeks.  He’d been working his way through picture books all through the fall, but he’s now starting to settle in on his own with a book.  Since many of his up-early-and-busy activities involve either … Continue reading

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