Last weekend we bought an outdoor fireplace, but didn’t get the opportunity to use it. Tonight, though, before digging into some yardwork, I stoked up a fire. After a little bit of work, we all toasted marshmallows. Carina and I returned to our yardwork (ever mindful of the still-burning fire – we’re safety conscious!) while the twins goofed off. When Tyler announced that she wasn’t sleepy, I suggested that we all sit around the fire, and maybe tell stories.

It was a calm, restful, wonderful time, and I’m looking forward to many more such evenings.

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