Just Life

New Rhythms.

Week One of Marmie & Poppa camp has come and gone … and whew! My photo roll happily blew up, and has somewhat been reined in again. Still, what’s the point of iPhone photo streams if you don’t take dozens of photos in a 36 hour period? We’ve since enjoyed two nights of leftovers, the rest of Dead to Me season 2 (which we loved), and relatively early bedtimes. and now we’re ready for a weekend!

Katie gave us the advice to “divide and conquer” … for us that meant either one-on-one time with the boys (this is why Marc and I have two children – man-to-man is key!) OR Marmie/Poppa DOES and Poppa/Marmie rests. Can you spot our tactics in these photo collages?

Building a birdhouse, looking for rocks, drawing, climbing the ladder.

Coloring, selfie for Mommy, around and around and around on scooters, popcorn and a movie (and a fun afghan).

With the holiday weekend, next week’s camp is going to be a day shorter (the boys arrive Tuesday morning and depart Wednesday morning). I imagine we’ll repeat a lot of the activities and if it’s warm enough, there might even be water involved (for sure that will be a Poppa DOES activity)!

Meanwhile, #the100dayproject continues with afghan #2. I am now past the horrible beginning and cruising into the stripes. I have a few more rows before the POP color debuts. The anticipation is keeping me engaged right now.

And, I’ve been enjoying the early summer landscape. Tuesday morning I ran to the lake again (a 3 mile run is still the most efficient workout I know) and stopped for another lakeside photo.

The magnolias are glorious right now. This beauty is on the tree in our neighborhood’s island.about the closest I’ll come to Macro May šŸ˜‰

There’s been a lot of activity with church this week, gearing up for a Zoom series in June. I hadn’t realized how much time I was, then wasn’t, spending on those things until they started up again. The series is on Welcoming. Week One is about LGTBQ, Week Two about refugees and Weeks Three and Four about different religions. Assuming we can get it all together, there will be video recordings to share and I will.

And of course there’s still everything else. Georgia is entering into its 4th weekend of relaxed restrictions. Things are definitely showing signs of opening up. (or not. lots of places have said they’re just not comfortable inviting folks into their space … and a few more have said they just can’t make the numbers work.) and plenty of folks are walking around like everything is normal (and many of us are being careful, and wearing masks.)

Amidst all of it, we’re finding new rhythms.

I hope you are too.


  • Diane

    Your little grandchildren are so, so, so, cute! I feel like I know some of your family. That is so nice Katie and her husband have loving parents to care for their boys.

  • Juliann

    We do divide and conquer with just the one! Iā€™m excited for my new running shoes to arrive. I intend to start running on the trail a few days a week and hike the hills the other days. Love all the photos

  • Sarah

    There is so much joy in those photos with the boys! Even though I’m sure you were both exhausted after they left, I’m sure your hearts were full. I know I miss being able to squish my nephew, who, since we’ve been staying home, has started crawling and sprouted a couple of teeth. Wishing you a restful long weekend so you can do all the fun with the boys again next week!

  • Bonny

    Thanks for sharing your fun with Sam and Charlie! We also spent many hours looking for rocks, along with the critters that lived under the big ones. Afghan 2 is off to a great start!

  • Kat

    I confess, I am so jealous of your time with Charlie and Sam! (and I am with Carole applauding your stamina!)

    Here is to new rhythms! šŸ™‚

  • Lydia

    Look forward to seeing what y’all come up with for next week. I’m soooo looking forward to a real 3 day weekend. xoxo

  • karen

    You have given the boys wonderful memories! and I know you are enjoying your own memories after weeks of not seeing them. I’m so happy for you!!

  • Patty

    Oh it’s so nice to see Charlie and Sam again! Such fun. Wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead with plenty of time to do what you like!

  • Kym

    Oh, how wonderful that you can spend some time with your little grandsons! They are growing up so quickly. I love seeing their little faces again. XO

  • Debbie

    It looks like you had a lot of fun with Sam & Charlie! You afghan is looking good! Have a great weekend!

  • Margene

    You are so smart with the tactics of caring for and enjoying your beautiful grandchildren. Sam and Charlie as good looking boys! We have opened up, too, but I am living in my own little red zone.

  • Carolyn

    Mary, as soon as I read your ‘Welcome’ schedule for June, I immediately thought of my current read, _The Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You_, by Dina Nayeri. Part memoir/part journalism, it’s a moving & blunt picture by an American-Iranian of how the privileged strip refugees of their dignity and, ultimately, their humanity (and how we want to be thanked and acknowledged and to feel real good about that). I’m about 3/4 of the way through and have a hard time putting it down. Looks like a rich month ahead on that schedule!