Catching Up, Catching My Breath

September 23, 2013 @ 6:05 pm | Filed under:

The trouble with a gap between posts is that when you come back, there’s too much to catch up on. Especially a gap like this one, such an epoch in our lives! Abridged version: the trip up the coast was incredibly fun, the college is wonderful, she had a great week of orientation, today is her first day of school. As in EVER.

And there’s too much to say, so I’m not saying any of it. Instead: some pictures from the hike Beanie and I took yesterday morning.






Assorted things:

• I’ve resumed posting at the homeschooling side-blog. If you’d like access, drop me a note.

• I’ve decided an easier way of keeping up with the Huck-and-Rilla book log is to tweet it. Every day, I’m trying to tweet a recap of whatever picture books we read together that day.

• Speaking of picture books! I was on my way up the coast when the announcements came rolling out, so I haven’t had a chance to do more than tweet my excitement at having been selected to serve once again on the Cybils Fiction Picture Book panel, Round 1! Fiction Picture Books was my first Cybils judging experience, back in 2008. I always remember the year because I was very, very pregnant with Huck, and we actually scheduled our big discussion with the possibility of his sudden arrival in mind. Of course, there was to be no such sudden arrival. He was born fully two weeks after our discussion, continuing the family tradition of hopeless tardiness.

Since that time, I’ve had the pleasure of serving on several other Cybils panels: Young Adult Fiction (2010, round 1), Graphic Novels (2011, round 1), and Book Apps (2012, round 2). I’m delighted to return to Picture Books—as you know, reading them occupies a significant part of my day—and am looking forward to working with this crackerjack team of fellow judges. Not to mention Pam Coughlan, aka MotherReader, our category chair!

• Her first day of classes!! Did I mention?

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  1. Holly says:

    I would love access to your homeschool blog. Thank you.

  2. sarah says:

    Congratulations to your family on your first homeschooling graduate, she is going to have such a wonderful time. And hugs to her parents! But what a blessing this milestone is. One can’t think of her life without an amazing, soaring, poignant, beautiful soundtrack in the background 🙂

    Great photos! Lucky you to be near such beauty.

  3. Penny says:

    I hope her college is ready for such an amazing student 🙂

    Beautiful photos!

  4. Ellie says:

    Crazy big milestone, eh? Big {{hugs}} for you all. All these years we’ve been blogging chums and the one snip of writing of yours that is always echoing somewhere in the background when I read anything you write (are you enjoying my run on sentence?? Haven’t finished my coffee) is the bit about first finding the little bruises on her wee legs and how your heart stopped (or words to that effect) because you just knew … And here she is!! In college! In dorm! Attending classes!! More big {{hugs}}

  5. monica says:

    i would love to read your homeschool blog. i have been reading about jane for 7 years now! i feel alittle mothers grief at her going away

  6. Hannah says:

    Lissa, I can only imagine what you and the whole family must be feeling now that you’ve launched her, for bigs and for reals this time, out of the nest and into the world. It will be my turn before I know it, and yet that moment seems completely unreal from the standpoint of now. Ian is only 13! Yet I know I will blink and be looking (up) at 18! I imagine a feeling of pride and joy and also of grieving. But you know she will always be happy to come home to you.

  7. Teri says:

    Hi! Could I please have access to your homeschooling blog? Would love to check it out! Thanks!

  8. Jennifer says:

    I would love to have access to your homeschooling blog. Thanks!

  9. CourtneyP. says:

    Would LOVE to read your homeschool blog! Thanks!!

  10. Nicole says:

    I would love to read your homeschooling blog! I’ve been following your blogs for, at least, 6 years now. 🙂

  11. Molly Hoffman says:

    I would love to subscribe to your homeschool blog! I am a homeschool Mama of 4 with a passion for reading:)

  12. Wanda says:

    May I please subscribe to your homeschooling blog?

  13. Lisa Garza says:

    Melissa – Have loved your blog for many years now and would like to have access to your homeschooling blog. Thanks!

  14. Amy says:

    I would love to have access to your homeschooling blog! I’ve gotten so much inspiration from here. Thanks!!