Alix D. Reynis

porcelain light fixture handmade in France by Alix D. Reynis

In September, not long after Maude arrived in Paris, she called me and said, “Mom, you would LOVE Alix!”

Alix is the mother of the boys Maude cares for, and as you would expect, Maude spends a lot of time with the family. “She’s a designer and she has the best taste,” Maude told me, “She has a product line too, and you can find her wares at Merci!”

Merci is one of the most stylish shops in Paris (it’s the one you seen in photos with the tiny red car in front), and definitely one of my happy places, so of course I wanted to know more. I emailed Alix, and she sent the link to her site, and then my jaw dropped because everything is so dang beautiful.

See more when you keep reading, including the scented candle Maude brought home from Paris.

Living With Kids: Josh Bingham

Photographs by Meikel Reece.

I am excited to introduce you to Josh. He’s made some big changes in his life, and I couldn’t wait to show you how he’s living with his kids. I met Josh when we were in college — his taste and style and sense of humor were excellent, and have only gotten more refined through the years. His thoughts are spectacular, and I imagine they’ll change someone’s path today. Or maybe someday. (If your path needs to be changed, remember: we are all rooting for you.)

A big hug to Josh for sharing his truth – and fantastic home – with us. Enjoy!

Pink leopard ahead. Come see.

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

It’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day. And I’m writing this post so late, that it’s practically tomorrow. Did you get the day off of work? Did the schools close? I know this day isn’t consistently marked across the country, so I’m guessing some of you were back to your usual Monday schedule today.

I saw lots of powerful quotes from Martin Luther King being shared on social media today. I’m guessing it was the same for you. Some of the words were focused on love. Others were focused on justice. Others were focused on standing up for what you know to be right.

There was also some resentment (or maybe annoyance?); a feeling that Mr. King’s words were being manipulated to fit messages he wouldn’t agree with or that ignored a major part of his legacy. In fact, my friend Kelly Wickham Hurt, a long time educator, and founder of Being Black at School, wrote, “If you’re quoting MLK today be sure to tell everyone that Black Lives Matter tomorrow. It’s the same message.”

Keep reading for more. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

A Few Things

Hello, Friends! How are you? You made it to Friday! Did you happen to have a rough week? It seemed like such a hard one to me. I was truly grateful for the end of every single day.

Any plans for the weekend? It’s a working weekend for me. I missed so many hours this week for parenting stuff and now I’m behind. But that’s okay. There was nothing on my schedule anyway, and part of the work I need to do involves errands, which will get me out of the house. How about you? I hope you have something fun planned!

We heard from Maude. She has arrived in Paris, and she’s safely back at her apartment. (Sigh of relief). I’m wishing her lots of sleep this weekend so she can get over her jetlag quickly.

Click through for the full Friday link list.

Random Thoughts

Tada! I’m back with another installation of my Random Thoughts. I try to post one of these once a month, and  it’s basically a compilation of whatever is on my mind at the moment. Feel free to share your own random thoughts in the comments.

– Today was the day we sent Maude off to Paris once again. For some reason, I thought it would feel less emotional, but nope, there we were at the airport, bawling once again. As I waved her off with tears streaming down my face, a sobering thought popped into my head: so the next 10 or 15 years is just going to be a series of emotional goodbyes? Oh dear. No real conclusion here. Just thinking about this.

The last time, Maude was gone for 3 months. But this time, she doesn’t have a return flight yet, and the current plan is that she won’t come home until school ends in France, which is the first week of July. So we’re talking six months without seeing her!

Keep reading. Lots more ahead!

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