I used to think in my early twenties that I would either make a go of the world, let go of my black and white, get elbow deep into the muck of the world, or move to Vermont...
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7 Quick Takes:  It’s Autumn in Vermont Edition

7 Quick Takes: It’s Autumn in Vermont Edition

Here’s my 7 Quick Takes on what’s been going on around here lately…

1 — Fall kind of slid right by no matter how hard I pulled at it’s coat tails begging it to stay!  I did manage to take a few photos before the splendor fades into the winter…

I LOVE milk weed seed pods. It started in my somewhat suburban childhood. I remember a milk weed plant across the street from my bus stop, just before the “swamp” a wetlands wild sort of area for our densely populated sea side town. How excited I was when our property was scattered with milk weed too! Now I get to watch it from green new sprout to flower to pod to bursting! Bursting is still my favorite 🙂


Our chickens having a grand ole time for themselves outside their coop pecking at bugs, worms, apples fallen from our trees that we have yet to clean up…


My Vermont “roller coaster view”. I caught this photo just as the colors were passing. So glad I took the time to stop and take a photo.

2 — ~P turned one this month and has been building his walking skills over the last 2 weeks.  He can pretty much walk halfway across the livingroom now.

~P looking like a big boy at a scouting Haunted Harvest outing last weekend.

3 — Halloween costumes for 9 and a husband who sews, need I say more?

4 — The miracles of toes in boots.

Something so simple as wearing a pair of boots with socks… I haven’t worn these boots in 4 years, but this week I put them on. I’ve had a rash on my left foot (mostly on my toes), a sort of eczema all this time and just couldn’t deal with the heat having my foot in a boot for extended periods of time. So I avoided it as much as possible and wore less constricting boots. I’ve been wearing these all week. It truly feels like a miracle. Even if my rash kicks back up, I’ll take this reprieve and enjoy it. Thank you God for this small blessing.


It’s the very last few days of Down syndrome awareness month and I realize I’ve been pretty silent over here about it.  So I will use #4 and #5 to describe a little bit how Down syndrome affects our life today…

5 — I’ve been working super hard to up the ante on my sign language knowledge to help accelerate ~G’s communication skills.  Just seeing and doing the sign for a word seems to help him connect it and often he will attempt to say the word after trying to sign it.  He turns 3 in February and will age out of Early Intervention services (speech, fine motor, gross motor, etc.) and will get his services through the school system after that.  We have our initial meeting for the transition next Friday.  Nervous and excited for what comes next for him.

6 — A few pictures of ~G being his awesome little self:


Life is good!



Just hangin’ with my bro’s…


Loving being in my family…

I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again, Down syndrome is really no big deal around here.  It doesn’t enter into the conversation often.  All folks have there challenges and ~G is no different.

7 —  I don’t know about you, but I’ve been writing lists of gift ideas and am trying to get on track (minimizing the gifting to less numerous presents that end up being more thoughtful) so I can enjoy the season and put it’s focus on the amazing birth of our savior.  If that’s where you are at too then right now is the perfect time to place your Christmas orders for a cross necklace from Little Lisa Studios.  My Mustard Seed Cross and the The Lord is with Thee Cross designs are designed by myself and hand painted by me too!

Ha was that quick?  I’m not sure.  Thanks for hanging in there through all seven!

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From the last vestiges of autumn in Vermont,



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