Tuesday, December 5, 2017


I started this record for M long enough ago that I titled it "Little letter m".  Lately I feel like M is unrecognizable from her younger self.  She has so much poise and is so lovely.  She is so brave and competent.  I am amazed by how this year she is the queen of doing her school work.  Last year we were struggling a lot and felt like just starting over.  In fact we did throw away her 4th grade math book and start a new book. 

She smiles with her mouth closed.  But she still smiles big and has a great time.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Lantern Walk

M was involved in these lantern walks for the last 6 years.  We make lanterns and recite the story of St. Martin.  We sing songs about walking about with our lanterns then sing a song "Oh how lovely is the evening" in a round.  M is always up for singing harmony and rounds.  I'm grateful for this fun activity we do together and how she sings and leads.  She's always ready to shimmy up a tree and she's really mastered doing her daily assignments/chores.  Thanks Little Letter M.

Saturday, November 18, 2017


 M had so much fun at the Zoo.  She loves animals so intensely and loves to be an expert on their names, and characteristics.  While she was standing at the fence this tiger almost marked his territory.  Yikes! 
She spent more time looking at these spider monkeys than she did at the playground right next to it.  She loved their antics and playing games of imitation with them.  She had a name for several different ones and enjoyed them so much.

Sunday, October 29, 2017


Last Sunday M played "I believe in Christ" on the organ as a special musical number for Sacrament Meeting.  She's very poised about it.  She gets up and plays from memory.  Then she sits down.  I'm so glad she handles her feelings of nervousness and gets the job done.

Saturday, October 21, 2017


These girls drive each other crazy and I get dragged along too.  But sometimes they are so delightful and kind to each other.  I think they were holding hands because I told the kids to hold hands crossing the road.  But here we were well past the road and they were still holding hands. 

M is a great older sister.  On the park she's willing to cast her eyes about from her perch atop something/everything when I ask her if she's seen a sibling recently.  And occasionally when I can't find a sibling I'll ask her to stay with one of the littles while I go search.  I try to not ask her to straight up watch the littles at the park and I am grateful that she still loves to climb and help so much.

Today she unloaded grandma's dishes and my dishes. 

Today she didn't let lP get lost in the book sale. 

Today she watched out for small children getting pushed at the playground that were not even related to her. 

Today she self advocated for fried eggs instead of the rather bad pineapple pancakes I had made.

I love this girl and love being her mom.

Sunday, October 8, 2017


M has a fascination with feces.  So too, apparently does the person who wrote these books and created this match up display of animal pictures and silicone scat. 

For several years now M has been happily cleaning rabbit, dog, and horse scat whenever she had the opportunity.  She definitely doesn't like human fecal mater having 3 younger siblings, she knows.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Boundless Enthusiasm

M has gone out 3 days now for hurricane clean up.  She loves her yellow shirt and she has earned it.  P took her to a muck out on Friday.  The homeowners caulked their doors, put plastic over them and sandbagged them.  They kept the water out, but their house flooded from the inside out. 
 She is covered in brown liquid that came out of a toilet... 

Today P took her and G to a yard clean up and she hefted large logs with zeal.  That's our special M and we love her.