A Rock Home Companion

red tree and magnoliaEvery morning, I go outside to take out the diapers, and I stay a little long. It’s the time of year that I feel things slipping, the air cold, the boys tall, the leaves red. The stones on the outside are cold, creeping with a few spiders that seem to hold their breaths. The horses’ coats and the grasses hold droplets like a net of mirrors. The sunshine looks chilly, and the one yellow rose shimmies a little in the wind.

blowing out the candlesInside the stone walls, things surge. Testosterone wins. I’m older and caddywompus, their birthday time of year.

We didn't have enough sticks.We made caramel apples, and they are, by far, the most difficult project I’ve ever endured with my children. We’ve never done this one before. I expected a thin coat of caramel, but rather it seems that I dipped our fruit into some fast-cooling and sweetened hair wax. Once it touched the skin, it glued and strung out like candy strings.chewy

When the teeth sunk in, they didn’t come out. Ian stayed in this position for a while, and Jude just decided to lick his to death.


20 minutes later

Putting Seth’s coat in the laundry, I breathed in the smell of campfire and then pulled a dried leaf from its pocket. Tomorrow, you’ll hear from Seth about his camping trip with Isaac.


On another note, would you visit me today at Blissfully Domestic and link up to one of your creative posts? We’re talking about writing and would love to hear what you think.

About me


Cursed Be the Woman
March 06, 2013
The Chains of Worry: About a Skinny Girl Who Wrote an Eating Disorder Book
October 24, 2012
Made for the Party
September 19, 2012
The Feeding Tube
July 19, 2012
September 20, 2011
The Spirit is Willing
August 29, 2011
And Then We Drove to the Ocean
June 02, 2011
To One of My Homes
May 31, 2011
A Haines Home Companion: Looking Round, Feeling Light
April 08, 2011


Reply October 19, 2009

Hello! I just wanted to introduce myself - I found you through (in)courage and Andrea's blog. I am so glad I did - I read a few more of your posts and I love your writing! I especially loved your post about "There You Are." It challenged me to be a better friend and to take my insecurities and fears to the Lord rather than allow it to affect the way I interact with other women. I saw that you're interested in adoption and so are we! :) Anyways - just wanted to say "hi - I love your blog - can't wait to read more!"

Be Blessed!!
~ Lauren

Reply October 19, 2009

That first picture is gorgeous! And good to know about the candy apples... it crossed my mind, but I think we'll abstain this year :)

Traci Little
Reply October 19, 2009

Oh how I love to come here... and be captivated by your writing, once again!

Sweet sweet pictures, and words!

Stop by and visit my neck of the woods.


Reply October 19, 2009

This is how ridiculous I am. I started to tear up when I saw the picture of YOUR babies turning another year older. Are you doin' okay? Because the five year birthday was hard for me for reasons I have yet to figure out.

I'm loving Mondays now, thanks to the RHC.
Also, caramel apples are good comedy. And character building.

Muthering Heights
Reply October 19, 2009

You've really captured the beauty of this time of year!

Reply October 19, 2009

The smell of a campfire is captivating.

Reply October 20, 2009

I commented over at blissfully domestic very late last night. It was one of those moments from high school that the next morning you look back at and cringe. Like wearing a shirt that you know reveals too much cleavage but do it anyways because you want the older boys to notice you.

I seriously enjoy your writing SO much and think you are fantastic...so much so that I posted something that isn't great writing, but just wanted you to notice me.....and now I'm embarrassed.

Ah well. I will continue to gaze at you from afar ;-)

Reply October 20, 2009

Wow, what a brave one, you are! It looks like the hardness of the caramel apple project proved to be deliciously worth it!

Boy Crazy
Reply October 20, 2009

Your boys are so cute, Amber. I think it's great that you started your Monday tradition. The mamas have to show off their babies every now and then. ;)

And I'm so glad I clicked over to blissfully domestic. I hadn't been there before, and I desperately need an outlet for my creative writing. I'm having a hard time letting my guard down on my blog. A conversation like the one you started over at BD was just what I needed to get me thinking, inspired. Thanks, friend.

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