Strike up the polka band and dust off your drindle– recent revelry at the Mt. Angel Oktoberfest filled my multi-cultural-loving heart to capacity as the girls and I posed as Rhinelanders for an afternoon… I’d love nothing more than to hop on a jet-plane and travel the world whenever the mood strikes, but in the Read More →

School’s in session, the rain’s finally arrived, and today’s the autumn equinox. Break out your boots and the pumpkin spice, ’cause it’s fall y’all! “Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple.” -JK Rowling, Deathly Hallows It’s also National Hobbit Day, which delights Read More →

Wherefore art thou Shakespeare? This week’s What to Read Wednesday theme is all about Stratford-upon-Avon’s most famous citizen. I’ll spare my feeble attempt at iambic pentameter, and instead simply share my favorite books on everyone’s favorite bard: My offerings are meager as we’ve yet to make it to Shakespeare in our chronological history curriculum, but Read More →

Ah the glorious Oregon coast… moody, romantic, tumultuous yet serene. Five years in a landlocked state gave me a better appreciation for the blessing I took for granted my entire life. I grew up taking impromptu jaunts west to the ocean nearly once a month; because, why not? It’s only an hour drive to Lincoln Read More →

All Oregonians are tree-hugging hippies, right? Not entirely. Still… this family loves us some towering conifers, especially after living away from them for five years. Naturally, we were over the moon to recently spend a night sleeping like squirrels 35 ft. above the terra firma in a treehouse Bed & Breakfast rivalling that of the Read More →

This week’s What to Read Wednesday is all about dInOsAuRs! My family just had a close encounter with some over the weekend… Our home library contains a classic sing-songy Cat in the Hat glossary of the prehistoric giants, plus a science-y book from a Christian perspective: Whenever I think dinosaurs I think of Jules Verne’s Read More →

For the first time since we started this homeschooling adventure four years ago, we took a true summer off. It wasn’t really on purpose, I’m still all for year-round school & taking breaks when it works best for the family, but between Cousin Camp almost nearly day and remodeling our new house, it was an Read More →