A quick update on our fixer-upper because, no, we’re not done with the remodel yet. I’m not complaining– we’re chipping away at projects as our schedule and finances allow, refusing to go into debt over this renovation. Instead, God is teaching us patience, and we’re continually shuffling the master honey-do list. Most recently we tackled the Read More →

This week’s What to Read Wednesday recommends are comin’ atcha on a Friday since this week our household was verily bowled over by an early stomach flu. Ugh, and just as we were gaining momentum on our back-to-school schedule! Still, we managed to squeeze in plenty of reading between body aches, hot baths, and laundering of sheets. On Read More →

Recently, online champions of adoption No Hands But Ours featured our story as it pertains to: Attachment Through the Years. Check it out here, alongside similar stories, or read on… It’s been four and a half years since we first met our son in China. Sometimes that feels like a split-second ago… I freshly recall the nervous, Read More →

I hit the Grandpa jackpot. My grandfather’s an honest, patient, even-keeled man. A stoic, hard-working son of Depression-era farmers, he’s the unwavering, unglitzy foundation of my extended family. throwbacks It’s a shame I’m pretty much his opposite, the only traits apparently passed down prescribe my blue eyes, hairy arms, and love of a bargain. Still, I’m grateful Read More →

It’s that time of year again: Return to the cadence of rhythm and routine, of cool morning fog, rain showers, sun-breaks, and shadowy evenings; of boots and sweaters and football and hearty stews, of apples and pumpkin spice and… school.  This year I’m teaching an eighth grader, a sixth grader, and a first grader– heaven help Read More →

What to Read Wednesday in the house! I’m pressing pause on the back-to-school frenzy for a hot minute to share yet another incredible new book: The Ministry of Ordinary Places.  Author Shannan Martin is an ordinary gal– an ordinary gal with an extraordinary grip on being real, being present, and being a good (literal & metaphorical) neighbor. Neighboring Read More →