The End of L.H.O.T.P. Night


Tomorrow is the last L.H.O.T.P. night. We started watching four or five years ago, when my husband bought me the boxed set for Christmas. I think that was the year we hatched duck eggs and the year Lydia joined us. Every Thursday night… Fast food, plastic trays, and an episode of Little House on the [Read More…]

Leaving Massah


I’ve been in the Valley of Massah lately (Deuteronomy 6:16). Where I’ve tested the Lord by complaining and grumbling and not seeing– His goodness. Back to Exodus 17:7 Where the Israelites questioned– “Is the Lord among us or not?” Oh forgive me for doubting, for missing Your gifts. For missing Your fingerprints… On the details [Read More…]

October 30, 2013


  Celebrating– Double-digits. And our first teenager. Returning from– A fun weekend in Seattle with family celebrating Grandma, Grandpa, Eliana, Cavan, and Laura birthdays–   swimming, airplane museum, movies, swimming, Rainforest café, and more swimming… Reading– Crazy Busy– Kevin DeYoung The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness– Tim Keller The Golden Goblet– Eloise McGraw   Listening to– The Gettys [Read More…]

Lost My Voice

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Just stopping in for a quick hello… It’s a been a strange last 30 days. Since Valentine’s Day– One virus-bug-infection-something-yuck after another and a few weeks ago I completely lost my voice. And it felt like I lost my voice too. My writing voice. Just nothing. I’m the kind of person who would rather go [Read More…]

On the Sick Days…

Sick Days

Today will be a day of Lysol wipes. Seventy-five-percent of our crew is down with something… Ranging from persistent annoying coughs, to high fevers, to vomit. And I’m still feeling a little queasy myself. And this sickness-relay started last Wednesday. It was a good morning to reread Edith Schaeffer’s– “A Shelter in the Time of [Read More…]


Monarch caterpillar

  The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man [Read More…]

Our Favorite Fall and Autumn Picture Books

Fall Picture Books

  It will soon be the first day of Autumn… And while I eagerly anticipate each and every season, Fall is probably my favorite. There’s just something about the changing leaves and pumpkin seeds and misty mornings and cider and apples and squirrels and… When our children were very little I started collecting seasonal books [Read More…]

Housewarming Party Winners and a Free Set of Nature Calendar Photos for Everyone Else…


I meant to post this much earlier today, but we were busy feeding llamas and stuff… So now it’s finally time to announce the winners of our Housewarming Party Giveaway!!! (I have contacted each winner by email, so please be on the look out for a message from me if you won.) And the winners are…(do [Read More…]

We Aren’t Doing Anything This Summer…


We were sitting in the barber’s shop. I heard the barber ask our youngest son: So, what have you done so far this summer? Our son: Done? The barber: Did you take any classes? Our son: Nope. The barber: Did you fly anywhere? Our son: Nuh-uh… The barber: Go to the zoo? Our son: Not [Read More…]

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