1. ….. back to the drawing board.

  2. friend (noun)  

    One who listens, doesn’t judge, and somehow makes everything all right.
  3. My Weekend

    I found myself back in Flossmoor this weekend to say goodbye to a friend.
    Flossmoor is a diverse little village about 37 minutes south of Chicago.  We raised our children there and they were some of the best years of our lives.
    A village with great schools, Churches, library, killer little league program, bakery, parades, newspaper, golf clubs and a train.  
    It was a town where we made some of our truest friends in life, and though many have moved on they are friends that will live in our hearts forever.
    (Simon’s family also lived in Flossmoor).

    One of my best memories about Flossmoor was the amount of time my son Henry and I spent on the train together commuting to the Chicago
    laboratory school.   Henry and I got to know each other well and enjoyed our time as special.    We commuted with our fellow community and I began to marvel how commuters became friends and ended up adopting Henry as their own little kid, keeping up on his adventures  :)
    and watching over him on the train and in the neighborhood.  

    I feel so blessed to have lived in small town USA.   A town that I will always believe was the BEST place on earth. I carry it and all of the awesome memories with me every single day and I thank God for that.

    photos today by HENRY


    You came into this world on a beautiful fall Sunday evening.  A little pink bundle with huge eyes weighing in perfect at 6lbs 4oz.  You came in quickly and loudly and you changed our lives!!!  You make our world a better, sweeter, happier, and way more FUN place!   I thank God for you every single day and for giving me the opportunity to be your mommy.  It has been an honor and a pleasure to guide you, to teach you, and love you.
    I love you from the bottom of my heart…..You are my JOY!

  5. YES I CAN!!!!!
    on my walk today ……  she lost 25 pounds!

  6. Hazel&Felix Wednesday

    Our walk home from school on Wednesdays always includes a stop for
    a small size Häagen-Daz ice cream (chocolate), a shout out to Grandma H’s balcony and a visit to the park for some chalk art and a swing.
    A special part of our walk home begins with a quick stop by 
    GLOBAL POSTAL Germania Place, to say hello to the brothers who own it,  Don and Bob… (friends of Hazel and Felix).  I usually wait by the door as the four of them discus their day, and then the guys treat the girls to small piece of bubble wrap to pop on their walk home.    I just want to say that these boys are some of the nicest people on earth.  I wish all people could be as kind as they are, the way they speak to kids (and customers) is special, like they really care. 
    If you have a package to mail, go see these brothers…. they’ll put some joy in your day… and perhaps they’ll share some bubble wrap with you!  

  7. Enjoy the little things in life 
    for one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.

    - Robert Brault
  8. If a train doesn’t stop at your station, then it’s not your train.

    -Marianne Williamson
  9. My Weekend.


  10. "DING!  You are now free to move about the country."
    Happy Friday!!!