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User Image mollybalint Posted: Jan 8, 2018 7:45 PM (UTC)

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We did our best to take this at the stroke of 2:36pm, the time she was born 16💥 years ago today. (But of course no one can take a good selfie on the first try.) Words fall short in expressing how much I love this kid and how proud I am of the beautiful person she is becoming. 💃@emmabalintt
User Image mollybalint Posted: Jan 5, 2018 9:32 PM (UTC)

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When you are the favorite barn cat and spend more time asleep on beds than mousing in barns.
User Image mollybalint Posted: Jan 4, 2018 11:02 PM (UTC)

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For the record, I took this from the kitchen window. But other family members braved the gale winds and freezing temps for the first skate on Waffle Hill Farm pond. The report is that Birdy is a master on skates, everyone eventually managed to skate on their own, ankles hurt and backsides might be bruised #worthit #wafflehillfarm .
User Image mollybalint Posted: Dec 29, 2017 10:34 PM (UTC)

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Today I finally shared that project I’ve been working on behind the scenes for what feels like ages, or basically all of 2017. It means some changes for the blog and a new way to stay in touch. Link in my profile. #2017bestnine #wafflehillfarm
User Image mollybalint Posted: Dec 12, 2017 3:54 PM (UTC)

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Doing Christmasy things.
User Image mollybalint Posted: Dec 10, 2017 12:39 AM (UTC)

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Tree decorating traditions. 💚
User Image mollybalint Posted: Dec 4, 2017 1:24 PM (UTC)

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I stopped three times coming up the lane after dropping off the girls at school. These frosty mornings are my favorite. #wafflehillfarm
User Image mollybalint Posted: Nov 11, 2017 6:48 PM (UTC)
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And just like that there’s a fire in the living room, we’re digging out woolly hats and mittens and breaking ice on frozen water troughs in the fields. #whpfindthelight #wafflehillfarm
User Image mollybalint Posted: Nov 6, 2017 3:02 PM (UTC)

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One of my favorite moments from last week was getting a phone call from @emmabalintt “Look out the window, can you see us?” And way out over the back hill I could see them riding between corn fields.
And instantly, I am reminded once again how grateful I am to be living in this place. #wafflehillfarm
User Image mollybalint Posted: Oct 31, 2017 1:49 AM (UTC)

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Please tell me I’m not the only one who waited until the very last minute to put together Halloween costumes? One flamingo. One black cat. Lots of glue gun. This picture has nothing to do with costumes. It’s just a whole lot prettier than my dining room table.
User Image mollybalint Posted: Oct 27, 2017 1:05 AM (UTC)

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I got a little teary today at the progress she's making. Her teacher and I catch each other's eyes across the table and silently celebrate together. Little milestones for her. But big stuff for me. 💙
User Image mollybalint Posted: Oct 25, 2017 12:52 AM (UTC)

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I've raised a baby whisperer. She loves the little people in her life. Pretty sure they love her back.
User Image mollybalint Posted: Oct 18, 2017 12:56 AM (UTC)

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And then you blink and it’s the middle of October. Popping in to say hello and share this sweet girl. Gentle Jersey faces are my fave.
User Image mollybalint Posted: Oct 13, 2017 7:49 PM (UTC)

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It's no surprise that the medal around her neck is St. Francis. Today, she's giving comfort to a sparrow. #tinynaturalist #saintfrancis
User Image mollybalint Posted: Sep 28, 2017 2:49 AM (UTC)

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This year is the first time we’ve tried a classical catholic co-op with my two homeschoolers. Just a week before it started, we made the very last minute decision to move Elizabeth up a level and she’s completely stepped up to the challenge and I see her confidence growing.
For Birdy, with so much of the work being memorization and recitation, it’s perfect for her despite everything else that’s going on with her. (And they just so happen to be studying ecology so, you know, they’re speaking her love language. 🦋🌿🍄🐛) And for me, it’s taking a huge burden off my shoulders which often feel weighed down by worry that I’m never doing a good job at this gig. Today, I was catching up with a dear friend at co-op and she said “Look how God is always taking such good care of your family.”, and I remembered that pity party this weekend. And then I remembered that thing called gratitude.
User Image mollybalint Posted: Sep 26, 2017 3:29 PM (UTC)

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Dresser: $2 from an auction
Mirror: $0 from a dumpster
Dust: locally grown. sustainable.
User Image mollybalint Posted: Sep 26, 2017 2:25 AM (UTC)

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Not going to lie. I was having a pretty big pity party for myself this weekend. It just felt like ALL THE THINGS were either going wrong or broken or hurting or asking things of me I couldn't give. And I was wallowing in those things and all the other things that felt like too much.
Today is a new day. I'm not going to lie, and tell you everything is all better. But things are a little better. Just because they are. Not because I'm doing anything special. I made a list. And crossed a few things off it. I lost my voice. And found whispered communication with my kids sorta nice. And I pressed on. Because that's just what we do sometimes.
User Image mollybalint Posted: Sep 18, 2017 1:58 PM (UTC)

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School has always been a struggle for her. While I watched everyone else her age dig into books and reading and writing, we were still working on getting the letters straight. I couldn't figure out what I was doing wrong, as her mama and her teacher. I was trying everything. So I chalked it up to lack of interest because her curiosity and ingenuity and steel-trap-mind for the natural world and building and creativity were so above and beyond any other kids I knew her age.
I figured at some point it would just click. We were just on a (much) slower timeline than everyone else.

But still. Numbers and letters and sounds and sorting all those things in her head, despite all the different ways I approached them--we were making no progress. Like there was this wall and we couldn't find the doorway through.

On a hunch, and more likely God's tender care for this little soul, I sent a text to a friend. And in a matter of days, we found ourselves sitting in the office of gentle, caring woman--a specialist in these kinds of things--who had answers for us.
She was grateful to have met Birdy and wanted to help her. Kids like Birdy are her sweet spot. And it just so happened that she was taking an Orton-Gillingham course and hoping to find someone just like Birdy to help her learn. And so this woman, whose expertise and services we could never afford was offering to help, for free. It was as if Birdy was a bigger gift to her, than she was to us.
The road to this place has been rough. There has been some shame. And some embarrassment. But these answers are like a giant exhale of relief. In knowing what we're dealing with and feeling really good about what's ahead. And in the sweet anticipation of the day my little bird will be able to crack open those nature books all by herself and get lost in a whole new world she has yet to discover. #tinynaturalist
User Image mollybalint Posted: Sep 13, 2017 2:47 AM (UTC)

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12 sept // my heart. it's hard to sit there and watch her struggle. but there's progress. and there's relief in finally knowing what's making things so challenging for her. for that, i'm grateful. #habitblog #acollectionofdays
User Image mollybalint Posted: Sep 12, 2017 1:30 PM (UTC)

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I'm totally late to this party. Truthfully, I got one of these starter kits a few years ago but was totally intimidated, and never did a thing with it. This summer I'd really been feeling the push to be more proactive, not just reactive when it came to my own and my family's emotional and physical health. And I'm telling you, it's making a real difference. I only wish I'd wised up sooner. Who else is using oils? I'd love to hear what you love.