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Video: Joseph the boxer

The other day the kids were playing outside. Three times Joseph came inside and began punching the baby wipes bag. When the bag deflated, he would open it and ask for help to re-close it. It was so funny I … Continue reading

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England: Nan’s birth home

My Nan grew up in Wellingborough, England. Last week I got to see her childhood home, and today we went to her birth home in order to shoot a short little video. (Nan’s brother, Uncle Raymond, jokingly claims she was … Continue reading

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England: Visiting villages in Northamptonshire

Wow, what a day! Andrew and Toni took Nan and me around to a number of villages in Northamptonshire with family connections. The first stop was Brafield on the Green. At the church we found a lady who had just … Continue reading

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England: Trip to the coast

Today Uncle Raymond drove us northwest from Finedon up to the seaside town of Hunstanton. I was excited to see the coast when he had offered to take us. The sea is a powerful image in Tolkien’s mythology, along with … Continue reading

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England: The Embankment

I am visiting England for one week with my mother and grandmother. My grandmother, whom I call “Nan,” was born and raised in England before leaving as a young woman to marry an American (my “Papa”).

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Poetic license

Ludi is learning to read, and she can read more than she lets on. But she also greatly enjoys pretending to read, that is, taking a book and reading aloud a completely different made-up story. This is what I found … Continue reading

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Tornado reconstruction continues

Spring has come to St. Louis early, and things are moving again at our house. Among the projects we still need to have completed are: rebuilding the bottom of driveway where the tree’s root ball came up fixing our yard … Continue reading

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Return from exile

Friday marked the return from exile of the Renaud Empire to its imperial family compound. See how the prince and princesses reacted to their “new” digs in this short video.

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Cabinets!

Took my near-daily spin by the house this morning after dropping the girls at their schools. At last, kitchen cabinets! Watch this short video to see how the house is looking.

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Girls at work

Yoli called all of us in to eat lunch Saturday, and I went to find the girls. And lo and behold, they were neatly arrayed behind three play desks they had created. Jadzia was playing store/restaurant, and the others were … Continue reading

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