Eunice Kennedy Shriver died today. She's one of my heroes - a wonderfully generous woman who spent her life trying to help other people. The enthusiasm and energy and ambition that she put into her work is something I think about from time to time, and I always marvel at it.

Today I'm starting to put together a basic framework for the fall season here at home. I enrolled both girls in gymnastics classes at the YMCA and they will be taking a spanish language class together at the community center. That's it for scheduled classes until winter. At the library today I checked out a book called Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children by Joseph Bruchac and Michael Caduto. Joseph Bruchac is a local Native American storyteller and the author of many, many children's books. The book is a great resource for parents and teachers because after each short story, there is a list of activities to reinforce it and different ways to explain the story so all children can understand the message.

Today I have some other homework - serious homework. Last night I found squash vine borer in one of my zucchini plants and I've got to head out to the garden this afternoon to check on everything and see what I can do to protect my other plants. Wish me luck! This has been a sad year for summer squash at our house.

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My name is Jillian. I started this blog as a way to experiment with my camera and it's a become a nice little spot where I enjoy spending time. I'm a mother to 6 and 4 year old daughters, wife to a cool computer guy, and mama to a cuddly cat. We enjoy eating local, organic food; managing several food allergies; homeschooling with love; spending time in nature; and we love to take time each day to be creative. You can also find me over at From Scratch Club from time to time. Welcome!