only with laughter can you win

i think folks should carry bright umbrellas in the rain...
to smile into the sullen sun and make it glad again.
Day 4 of #fordschoolwelcome starts with coffee and math camp! Algebra is our friend.

Day 4 of #fordschoolwelcome starts with coffee and math camp! Algebra is our friend.

Mom texted me this photo of Pops today in the UofM parent shirt he requested. Ask and ye shall receive. Und Geh’ Blau! #mermermovestomichigan

Mom texted me this photo of Pops today in the UofM parent shirt he requested. Ask and ye shall receive. Und Geh’ Blau! #mermermovestomichigan

I cooked the first frozen pizza in my new nest. It burned über crispy around the edges, but I still ate it.🍕=❤️ #totallyfinedontevenworryaboutit #bacheloretteliving

I cooked the first frozen pizza in my new nest. It burned über crispy around the edges, but I still ate it.🍕=❤️ #totallyfinedontevenworryaboutit #bacheloretteliving

Twenty five years ago, I started my public school education at a little place in Brighton, MI. This year I’m returning to my roots and beginning a graduate program at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Today was a pretty monumental first day of school. The adventure continues! #dontletmeintothisyearwithanemptyheart #mermermovestomichigan

Twenty five years ago, I started my public school education at a little place in Brighton, MI. This year I’m returning to my roots and beginning a graduate program at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Today was a pretty monumental first day of school. The adventure continues! #dontletmeintothisyearwithanemptyheart #mermermovestomichigan

I realized recently that I’ve moved three times in the past 14 months. This woman has been with me every time: packing/unpacking boxes, arranging furniture, laughing and crying together. Best. Mom. Ever. #mermermovestomichigan #dontletmeintothisyearwithanemptyheart

I realized recently that I’ve moved three times in the past 14 months. This woman has been with me every time: packing/unpacking boxes, arranging furniture, laughing and crying together. Best. Mom. Ever. #mermermovestomichigan #dontletmeintothisyearwithanemptyheart

It’s real: move in day is here. Also, I parked that truck & trailer. BOOM. #iamwomanhearmeroar #mermermovestomichigan

It’s real: move in day is here. Also, I parked that truck & trailer. BOOM. #iamwomanhearmeroar #mermermovestomichigan

Y’ALL. I fed a chickadee from my hand today. #mermermovestomichigan #prekmomentsliveforever (at Kensington Metropolitan Park)

Y’ALL. I fed a chickadee from my hand today. #mermermovestomichigan #prekmomentsliveforever (at Kensington Metropolitan Park)

Spending most of today in the car makes me nostalgic for when I spent most of last Thursday in my pajamas & boots, walking around taking pictures of nature. #throwalittlewaysbackthusday to real life in the UP. Vacation is over, but the adventure continues!  #mermermovestomichigan

Spending most of today in the car makes me nostalgic for when I spent most of last Thursday in my pajamas & boots, walking around taking pictures of nature. #throwalittlewaysbackthusday to real life in the UP. Vacation is over, but the adventure continues! #mermermovestomichigan

Road trip across the UP with Ma & Pa. We bid a tearful goodbye to Ontonagon and are heading downstate. This is land is your land, this land is my land. #travelwithmermer #mermermovestomichigan

Road trip across the UP with Ma & Pa. We bid a tearful goodbye to Ontonagon and are heading downstate. This is land is your land, this land is my land. #travelwithmermer #mermermovestomichigan

When the last day in Ontonagon is a rainy day, Mer gets pouty. But it’s been a superb stay, weather-wise and otherwise. Tomorrow’s forecast is “Mostly cloudy or party sunny depending where you’re at”. Real life in the UP. #travelwithmermer #lovesummerintheup (at Ontonagon cabin)

When the last day in Ontonagon is a rainy day, Mer gets pouty. But it’s been a superb stay, weather-wise and otherwise. Tomorrow’s forecast is “Mostly cloudy or party sunny depending where you’re at”. Real life in the UP. #travelwithmermer #lovesummerintheup (at Ontonagon cabin)