This week’s What to Read Wednesday theme is supposed to be all about gorillas. Though Husband and I just watched the latest Planet of the Apes film, and though we were just recently on safari with the kidlets, AND though I once had a touching moment with a sweet mama gorilla through the glass at Read More →

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 →

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 →

Five years ago, a courageous (and obviously beautiful) woman laboriously welcomed a precious bundle into the world– then took drastic, sacrificial measures to preserve his life. Today & always I’m grateful to her, for him, and for the blessing/privilege it is to be his family. Incidentally, I’m also grateful for the freedom to build our family how Read More →

You might recall our family’s big spring/summer project has been renovating a neglected 1970’s rambling rancher right next door to my sister. We’re settled in now and have been chugging along with updates, but I had to share a recent project that Husband undertook to bless me for my recent birthday… I think it’s my favorite part Read More →