30 . March . 2011

. happy 12th bday, njc .

we love you
to the moon + back, babe.

yesterday afternoon’s baking
yeilded birthday cupcakes for
after school today;
bring on the birthday.

goody bags for
his homeroom class

super N birthday pancake

loved the ‘uncle nate’ title
from morv + jono

birthday sister with mouth full
of british chocolate from n’s pkg

Big Man twelve year old
with his beloved birthday minions

time to hit the road, jack

may the Lord be with you, cates men;
and also with you.

our family gift to him was
a song.

[to the tune of justin beiber’s ‘baby’]

ohh wooaah (3x)
you know we love you, you know we care
just shout whenever, and we’ll be there
we want your love, we want your heart
and we will never ever ever be apart

we are a family, there’s 6 of us
we love our friends, but we confess
we love you more, there is no other
one look at you – you’re our favorite older brother

and we are singing
nathan, nathan, nathan, oohhh,
like nathan, nathan, nathan, oohhh,
like nathan, nathan, nathan, oohhh,
we know you’ll always be ours

nathan, nathan, nathan, oohhh,
we love you sunshine or raining
hey were just saying, saying
we know you’ll always be ours (oh oh)

we’re proud of you, always and forever
you do so well, in all that you endeavor
and you wanna play it cool,
know how to use tools
you draw anything
eating special K,  you’re king
when things are in pieces, you can fix it
your 6 feet tall, baby, you can reach it

you’re a clown clown clown, clown
if chuck norris were here, he’d be facedown laughing

nathan, nathan, nathan, oh
we love you so! from start to fin

we’re all with you through thick or thin
we all think your so fine, fine fine

nathan nathan nathan ooh
we love you so -where to begin?
we love you till the cows come in
you’re not just something the cat dragged in…

-special thanks to our co-producer,
the talented mrs. crosby

ps –
after we performed our song,
i was tidying and getting him ready
to head out the door, so i tucked
a copy of the folded up lyrics in
his new anthony horowitz book,
bookmark style,
as he was going to take it as bus reading.

luckily he saw what i had done,
pulled it back out and
turned to me,

‘social suicide, mom;
it’s cool here and all,
but that’s private.’

[the interweb is ‘private’, right?]

pps –
henry gave him a handmade ‘metrocard’
good for three passes of
‘i’ll get off the computer whenever you say’

uber-generous in
brother-world collateral.



29 . March . 2011

diligence . showing care in your work

attentiveness . paying close attention to

persistence . continuing firmly in a course of action

what we’re praying
for God to build in
us this week.

my other secret word is:

courage . the ability to confront fear or pain

go, team

ps –
a wise prayer in my inbox this morning
on parenting adolescents:

open our eyes to see the story behind the story,
the heart behind the words.

and a reminder:
it’s the goal of a teenager to make you look ugly;
don’t cooperate with that agenda.


28 . March . 2011

the kids are playing ‘service’

aka. ‘funeral service’

you wrap one person up
in a blanket like a mummy

and one person eulogizes you
while others tickle you
until you laugh so hard
you unwrap yourself
and it’s the next person’s turn.

ps –
need winnie’s help?



26 . March . 2011


mrs. b, pbb + spk
warming my living room.

piano girl + boy scout boy
on their way to
a lesson + a wknd camping trip,

i want to hug that picture.

happy valley forge, lovey.

our favorite ms. buck

38 degrees
coatless baseball, anyone?

waiting for dogs @ gray’s papaya

after a successful run to
toy + stationery world
for n’s bday present,
we drew bday love notes
in buttercup.

first time in the new duane reade,

killer view from the 2nd fl

the boys were eating
sandwiches + making up
knock knock jokes
when we got home.

reading ‘how to be a gentleman’
at brooks bros. while waiting for
my handsome mister to try
things on.

i’m so enlightened now.

p gave me Special Permission
to open my bday present early;
we love maisie dobbs.
xo to ca

pretty sam
and his five
personal attendants.



26 . March . 2011

very now and again
i tweak my back + things go south

thank you to all of you
who picked up the slack
on my behalf
this week, including

sara + ava for home visits w/ coffee
jen b for soothing balm
the crosby fam
and so on,

thank you, friends.


please come

25 . March . 2011

city seminary of new york
is having an open house
for the ministry fellows program
that i have been so challenged by
this year.

this monday, march 28
from 6:30-8:00pm
at city seminary of new york,
2204 8th avenue,
119th + frederick douglas/8th.

[take the A to 116th, walk 3 short blks north]

bring a friend.

‘the ministry fellows program at city seminary
of new york is a non-degree seminary level program
designed to equip pastors and leaders for urban ministry
in our rapidly changing city.

‘our intercultural learning community focuses on 4 themes:
understanding the city,
the ephesian moment (intercultural ministry),
formation for ministry and leadership,
and practices of effective ministry.

‘at the open house we will introduce faculty,
give an overview of the program and training approach,
and answer questions.  attending an open house event
is the first required step for applying to the ministry fellows.

‘please see our website for additional information: city seminary.

ps – the time commitment is
1 class period every other week
(6 to 8:30pm @ the seminary)
and one saturday per month.

some of those saturdays,
for pray and break bread,
you can bring a spouse or child or friend,
include the family.

carolyn sewell


playing school

22 . March . 2011

purple + pink polish