Sunday, January 18, 2009


This morning.... Sitting in the front bench during church services, with my niece sitting on my lap, she proclaims half way through the services, "Man, we're never gonna' get outta here"!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


My mother came to Minneapolis over her birthday weekend to visit. As my sisters' children were playing at the kitchen table, my niece Hallie started her rendition of Old McDonald. "Old McDonald had a farm, E I E I O. On that that farm he had a... whisker.." We all start laughing to which she replied, "Hey don't laugh, I didn't learn that part yet!"

Sunday, January 11, 2009

/th/ work

As a speech language pathologist, I was working with a 5 year old child on the correct pronunciation of /th/ in the middle position of words. The word of choice was 'grandmother'. During our practice, I stopped and asked my client, "Do you have a grandmother?" To which he replied, "NO! I only have a grandma!"


Over Thanksgiving break (2008) I was setting up a game to play, when my curious 3 year old niece climbed up onto the table. I calmly looked at her and said, "Aaliyah, tables are for plates, chairs are for sitting: your bottom belongs in the chair." A few minutes pass and she quickly climbs back up onto the table, I look at her and ask, "Aaliyah, where does your bottom belong?" She turns to look at me and states, "On my wegs (legs)."

The Button Collection

This blog is in memory of my grandmother 'Anna'. The Button Collection is a starting place for me to continue her tradition of short writings. Writing things such as the funny things children have said to thoughtful quotes about life and religion. I remember the many visits to my grandmother's house. One distinct image I have is of the mason jar full of buttons sitting on the living room windowsill with the sun shining through the jar casting a unique shadow on the wall. Since her death I have started a button collection of my own and have throughout my years found that each incidence in life is like it's own button within the jar of life. Therefore I found it appropriate to title the blog, "The Button Collection".