It is good to live in a fertile valley where one can gather wild blackberries from the briar, forage for chestnuts, fill baskets of apples from the orchard, chop down your own Christmas conifer, and pick the perfect Halloween pumpkin straight from the patch. At a providentially-timed break in rain showers, the Muddy Boot Brigade Read More →

The best things in life are free… at least when it comes to fall décor. Each autumn I seek out the nearest chestnut tree fixin’ to add fallish charm to my home or porch, pro gratis. Seed pods drop to the ground heavy with treasure that one square stomp unearths. Shiny chestnuts emerge to gather Read More →

This week’s What to Read Wednesday is all about seasons. I’m fickle when it comes to weather… a fan of changing seasons, grateful to live in a valley that so stunningly showcases them all. From our blustery Winters in fifty shades of gray and evergreen, to our vibrant, verdant blossom-filled Springs; hot haying Summers a Read More →

I’ve been blogging through the alphabet with several online homeschool chums since Spring. They’re at it all over again this Fall, but that gives me the perfect opportunity to wrap up my own alphabet (we were a tad late to the party) of twenty-six defining virtues of our homeschool. Here’s what I came up with: Read More →

Sometimes I joke that we really moved back to Oregon for the fresh, local produce. This summer we picked our fair share of berries, and now that autumn’s here it’s apple season! Coming from Montana where gardening is HARD and a bag of organic apples costs more than a family pack of steaks, it’s a Read More →

This week’s What to Read Wednesday is all about fire safety. It’s a timely topic as I recently took the kiddos to a fun public safety fair at the local fire station. It’s also one I’m passionate about as my sister’s house right next door burned to the ground in the middle of the night Read More →

We love autumn. We love astronomy. We love traditions and holidays. We love learning about other cultures, Little Man’s Asian heritage, and we love any excuse to celebrate. The monstrous, orange-tinged harvest moon this week marks one of China’s few nationally observed holidays: the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. Naturally, we’ve worked it onto our own calendar with Read More →