Small things…

…with great love. This quote from Mother Teresa reminds me to put love into the seemingly small things I do. I know right now when we think love we’re all thinking Valentine’s Day and that’s okay, but there are a lot of little things that I just do. Little chores that I’d rather not do. Jobs I wish someone else would do so I wouldn’t need to bother with it. But the love we put into them makes a difference for someone. Even if it’s just the game I choose to play with the first grade girls instead of staying in the office. It makes a difference to those little people and it did to me, too. (I’m speaking from the experience of walking into an unfamiliar school and adopting it as my own for five weeks.)

Back to the quote. I recently became acquainted with Skillshare. They offer a few classes on calligraphy. I’ve enjoyed the ones I’ve taken. I’m sharing one of the class projects with you. I hope you enjoy it!


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Snow Day Doughnuts

3365Doughnuts are a snow day tradition at our house. Sometimes they weren’t started until the afternoon because my little brother didn’t feel the urge to start making them until then. My mom was always a bit leary about Jonathan’s doughnut baking because mixing and frying doughnuts is much more fun than cleaning up flour spills, hot oil, and smudges of glaze. But I think he’s learned well. In fact, if I may brag a bit… 🙂 He got up early the last day of school before Christmas vacation to help my mom make doughnuts for school’s Christmas brunch.


For the past five weeks I’ve been at a school in Pennsylvania interning under an experienced first grade teacher. And I’ve been staying with a very good friend of mine. This school year has had more than it’s share of snow days. On one such day, I decided to introduce them to one of our family’s traditions.

The only cutter we could find was this cute heart shaped one. Didn’t it make the cutest doughnut holes? 3375

What are your snow day traditions?