Friday, July 28, 2017

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

The end of May and much of June was spent on near constant house renovation. My dad came to do all our big projects (siding, closet combining, front steps building). My brother came to get addicted to The Block. It was a busy and special time. We ate lots of Frisch's, lots of Izzy's, lots of ice cream. I unwittingly and owing to my characteristic impatient laziness turned half my clothes into paint clothes. Joash laid on my laid up brother and watched him play hours and hours of Zelda. Hetta giggled every time Grandpa came into the room. Ammi deigned to dole out a few stingy hugs. I finally got to watch the season finale of Fixer Upper. Big stuff, people. Big stuff.

And, now, July. Bonnie came for an overnight, and we forced her to play Russian Roulette with Bertie Botts Every Flavor Jelly Beans (some of which are vomit flavored, some of which are cherry flavored), and now she'll never return. Yesterday we had Kenny and Korie and Baby Sam (with whom Ammi is free with her affection) over for a patriotic lunch, a kiddie pool splash, and some smokey fireworks. The kids but barely made it to the end of the day for smores and sparklers, and no one woke up from the cascade of fireworks that I peeked through the front blinds to watch. It was the kind of day that makes you extra thankful to have a place of your own. We were in and out of the house, up and down those stairs my dad put in, and I couldn't stop that urgent gratefulness that wells up from tender moments of actual satisfaction, not too much, not too little, exact enough. It's a good feeling.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Me Hungry for Baby Cookie (or Things People Say to Make Babies Laugh) from serenity johnson on Vimeo.

Hetta Turns 6 Months!

Our sweet Hetta Rae celebrated her half birthday, so I took some updated pictures of the kids.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

From February

Good Morning, Hetta from serenity johnson on Vimeo.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Inspired by Rio from serenity johnson on Vimeo.

Ammi's Thoughts on Life from serenity johnson on Vimeo.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Preschool Recollections from serenity johnson on Vimeo.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Last night, Dan and I quickly recorded a song that we wrote years ago about North Korean defectors. It feels just as appropriate now for Syrian refugees.

We posted it to our much neglected Facebook for the Bell and the Hammer with the following text:

Consider that HALF of Syria, 10.6 million people have been displaced from their homes. Read their stories (you can start here: Humans of New York Interviews Syrian Refugees). Don't let fear write the narrative.

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A PRAYER FOR NORTH KOREA

If only for the night, let injustice cease.
If only for the night, bring these people peace.

Set the captives on a right road.
Lead them safely to a home.
And to those who would turn them away,
settle harshly. Do not delay.

Send the horse and rider to sea.
Cover under with the waves.
But let defectors pass right over.
Find them a way.

Click here to listen:
A Prayer for North Korea