Sophie loves getting packages. And on Monday she received two!


The first was from my Great Auntie Bear and Mel, who live in Seattle. In it was a vintage baby sweater and a little bird that sounds just like a real bird when you shake it.


The second was from my aunt Janeil—a pumpkin hat knitted by one of her good friends.

“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things.” —Oscar Hammerstein II