Photographer in training

Got a photographer-wannabe at your house?

I haven’t done a giveaway for a long time, but I am excited about the one I have for you today. In our family, there are several kids who frequently grab my camera or my phone to either take selfies or to get photos of what’s going on around them.   If there’s a kid […]

Featured Recipe

Hazel's Yummy Gluten Free Bread

Hazel’s Gluten-Free Bread

As promised many days ago, here's my momma's wonderful gluten-free bread recipe. Her gluten-free flour recipe is included at the bottom. If you like, you can mix it in a bread machine or with a Kitchen-Aid. This bread is especially fabulous … [Read More...]

Parenting Feature

The Reception

The rest of the summer

Wow, the wedding was fun!  It all went off without a hitch and during the whole evening everywhere it seemed like people were having a good time. It was an amazing atmosphere, and Jared and Erika just shone joy the whole day.  It was … [Read More...]

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Inside Out

Inside Out

This week we took Emily and Julianna to see the new Pixar movie Inside Out (trailer here).  It’s a movie that goes into the head of an 11 year old girl during a time of turmoil in her life.  She and her family have just moved to a new city, and she is struggling to […]

Cousin fun at camp

summer plans

Whew!  It feels like I’ve gotten to a place this summer where (hopefully) there will be a bit more breathing room.  I’ve finally made it through orientation to PART-time (2 days/week) work. The home-school conference is done.  And church camp is behind us too, including that part where I supervised 5 days of meals for […]

#WholeMama

Wholeness as a Mother

My daughter Erika and some friends are putting together a bloggy series titled #WholeMama. After reading Erika’s thoughts today, I  realized that for me wholeness has to do with knowing I’m in the right place at this moment in my life.  And it’s so interesting how that can change with your season of life. When […]

Aquarium

Hello from Saturday

Julianna, Emily, and I went to the aquarium and the park together with the grandbabies and their parents this morning. Very fun. Tomorrow evening is my very first night shift and beyond that I only work two other shifts for the rest of the month. So it should be getting a bit quieter and more […]

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96% efficient?

One of the features of my new fitbit is that it evaluates the efficiency of your sleep on any given night. This morning the fitbit informed me that in the 8.5 hours during which I was in bed, I woke TEN times, which sounds absolutely horrible.  Except I still slept a full 8 hours, which […]

Because pizza is always a winner

Modcloth and pizza

Today I went to the first of two days of the Idaho homeschool convention– presented two of my three sessions, and ended up really enjoying the day.  Always during the days right before such an event, I worry-wart about how it will all go.  But all went well and I had lots of really nice […]

Summertime

Well, John has the pool going and swimming has begun, so it must officially be summer.  This week my experience of summer has been in tantalizing little whiffs of freshness as I come in and out of the hospital morning and evening.  Soon, the night shifts begin, which thought has me anxious now and then– […]

Weekend happenings

First off, I wanted to mention that I’ll be speaking at the CHOIS homeschooling convention next weekend, on Friday about adoption and the homeschooling family, and on Saturday about joy in the journey. Friday I’m moderating a discussion time about the decision to adopt.  I would love for any adopting homeschoolers in the Treasure Valley […]

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Wednesday night ramblings

This evening I made a nice stew for dinner in my pressure cooker something along the lines of this, except I did it in the pressure cooker (in half an hour) instead of the slow cooker all day.   Also  I used about 2/3 white potatoes and 1/3 sweet. Everyone seemed to enjoy it. Hopefully the […]

Five sweet kiddos

Could there be anything better…

… than five adorable little grandbabies all in a row?       Well, how about grandbaby #6, due in September?  Her big brother is holding a new little outfit, all ready for her.    We feel so very blessed!           And while I’m sharing photos, here are a few more […]