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Summer Vale

It was the briefest of summers. From tardy arrival due to viral pandemic to abrupt, early end from raging inferno and the suffocating ash of a million smoldering acres. Simple

Wolf Pack

This summer’s been a weird one, with limitations on where, when, and how we can travel, but I think our family’s done a fine job of adventuring within the metes

Girls’ Getaway

Recently I was grateful to sneak away for an adventure and rest-filled girls’ trip to Central Oregon with Handsome Husband’s sister and mother. At the suggestion of my youngest brother

Level Up

We had the simplest, Covid-compliant birthday celebration for Little Man recently. He turned eight, and (like pretty much every boy his age) all he wanted to do to celebrate was

The Big Easy

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. My mom is the best at this. After her work conference was canceled due to COVID constraints, my generous mother kept her reservation

The Princess Bride

My beautiful baby sister got hitched over the weekend. Ever since she was little she’s loved all things girlie and is 100% a princess. Though, in all fairness, she’s a

Golden Girl

Center Sister celebrated her Golden Birthday over the weekend– she turned thirteen on the thirteenth and officially became a teenager. We hosted a simple outdoor movie night (in the garage,

Quarantine Quinceanera

Our first baby turned FIFTEEN this week. A birthday in the midst of a global pandemic is hardly a picnic… isolated from friends and family, and the DMV, the bulk

A Quarantined Easter

He is risen! Though this year’s festivities were socially isolated, due to Coronavirus mandates, we celebrated simply and remembered our hope is in our Savoir who triumphed over all sin

How We Quarantine

We’ve been working from home and homeschooling since before it was cool/government-mandated. Five years in Montana conditioned us for seasonal hibernation and social distance– stockpiling necessities, staying in for long

Operation: Relocation

Because I’m too fatigued to even type, please enjoy our move, in snapshots: Okay, fine, a quick story to explain the last photo… This is my favorite escrow officer, whom

On the Move

I’m awash in a sea of boxes; up to my ears in contractors, inspectors, and paperwork. T minus 19 days until we move and we’re working our tails off, all

Yes to the Dress

Their big day is still months away, but Baby Sister and her Saintly Fiancé are hard at work planning every detail of their upcoming nuptials. Generously, they’ve asked all five

Christmas Keepsakes

This Christmas, two of our little elves worked away on an extra-special, top-secret project to bless our extended family… After our beloved Grandfather recently passed, I swiped a stack of

Heaven & Nature Sing

Joy to the world, the Lord is come– let earth receive her King! “They drank healths, told stories, sung songs, “reminisced,” as the old folks say, and had a thoroughly

Evergreen Boughs

In Oregon, one does not simply select a Christmas tree from a parking lot… One must traipse through the woods (or, ahem, a tree-farm) wielding a saw, chop down a

Pilgrim’s Progress

“… set apart the last Thursday of November next as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.” – Abe Lincoln Our extended


T minus 8 days until Thanksgiving! We’re ready-freddie. My extended family’s busy mixin’ up some inventive stuffing variations in preparation for next week… this year, we plan to shake things

Best Man

My Grandpa passed away a few weeks ago; we laid him to rest as a family and then this past weekend his loving wife (of 62 years!) hosted a public

Costume Dept.

I love dress-up. I just do. I’m not sure what it says about me, but I’m glad my kids love it, too. The night before Halloween, Firstborn received a last-minute

School Snipits

Our school year’s off to a solid start. Activities are in full-swing and I’m racking up the mileage on my Jeep to prove it. Still, I’m grateful the bookends of

Camp Champs

We managed to squeeze another teensy camping trip into our fleeting summer by hijacking my next-door [much older] sister’s recent family getaway. I suppose living 50 yards apart just isn’t close

In the Garden

And the Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground– trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food… This summer we took a

June Birthday Parade

June’s always a busy birthday-month in our house, rivaled only by April… In addition to marking our anniversary and Father’s Day (we celebrated both in Prince Edward Island), we also


Center Sister turned TWELVE today and I can’t get over how she’s growing before my eyes. On her first birthday she perched atop my hip delighting in the live baby

Garden Party

How’s a family to bless a hip Grandma on her birthday when it seems she’s already got everything she needs? Why, slave labor in the garden, of course! Our fearsome


Sometimes it feels like I’m surrounded by mothers: Mom, step-mom, mother-in-law, grandmother, spiritual mentor-mothers, a sister who’s a mom, a multitude of magnificent mommy friends… Mothers make the world go

April Birthday Parade

Birthday season’s officially upon us! In our household, April heralds the start of our fast-yet-furious birthday parade… …Beginning with my dad’s, which we celebrated at Top Golf, a new favorite

Holy Week

Happy Easter! He is risen! This Holy Week we’ve been thinking about Jesus’ sacrifice and gift of life– good golly we’re grateful for our Lord and Savior. Good Friday we

Goin’ to the Chapel

I think it’s been a decade since I attended a wedding. As Husband & I are just about to ring in our 18th wedding anniversary (!!!), the flux of nuptial

Party of Five

We’ve just mailed off our final post-placement adoption report to our agency and China. Five years ago we became a family of five. Accompanying a thorough update on Little Man’s growth,


Spring has arrived in the Willamette Valley. Everywhere I turn birds are chirping, trees are flowering, and dormant bulbs are emerging to blossom triumphant. The kids are spending more hours

The 80’s

My sweet grandma turned 80 years young today. Family gathered to celebrate, and our kiddos debuted an original movie they filmed in honor of her beautiful life. It was a


We must be surrounded by hopeless romantics because we are presently awash in Valentines. My mom and stepmom each delivered goodies, and today we’ll sport pink and red and pass


Merry Christmas from me & mine to you & yours. We’re grateful to have been able to celebrate the birth of our Savior, God’s redemption in the form of a

Giving Thanks

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. -1 Chronicles 16:34 “… set apart the last Thursday of November next as a day of Thanksgiving


Often the very best traditions are the ones that manifest organically; that simply spring forth year after year, nearly forgotten, like daffodil bulbs. I’d wager my kids actually prefer customs that require


The following are ten random, tangible blessings that are keeping me afloat lately; though this list is certainly not exhaustive… 1. Two words: Creamer frother. The most unassuming little gizmo

Fall Y’all

We’re having an unseasonably warm and wonderous fall. A born and bred Oregonian, I actually adore romantic, gloomy gray days sprinkled with intermittent rain-showers, but even the most passionate pluviophile

Homeschool, Inc.

We’re in the midst of another busy week of homeschool, pinballing around our city betwixt activities– curricular and extra. Often we tote our studies along, ala carte, including our latest read-aloud:

For Gramps

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