September Stitch Fix

My latest Stitch Fix

Last week I got rather a cute batch of Stitch Fix items that I thought you might like to see.  This first item is a silky blue blouse that was quite pretty, but looked a little boxy on me and just didn’t quite feel like my style.  It kinda felt to me like it should […]

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


Sweet Meg

Erika and Israel had their baby last week, sweet little Meg. She joins brother Ranger, 3.5 and sister Ali, 2 years old. All went well and we are so thrilled! If you want to see more photos, visit Erika's blog and tell them … [Read More...]

Recent Posts

At the bus station

Part 6: Talking to strangers

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 The plan for Saturday was first to  visit Julianna’s family, and then to do a little investigating to see if we could find anything at all about Emily’s family. Since all we knew about her was the police station where she’d […]

Julianna Family (14)

Part 5: Joyful Grannies

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 On we walked, with our young guides reassuring us that it was close by. Sophie had a picture of the house in her head– a rectangular house with two front doors and a round children’s hut off to one side. When we entered a […]


Part 4: This should be easy

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 When we got into Dawit’s van on Saturday morning to go visit Julianna’s family, we thought we knew where we were going.  Sophie had been there before, after all.  How hard could it be? We were hoping to visit Julianna’s birth father and some of her siblings.  […]

SoddoDrive (1)

Part 3: On the way to Soddo we saw…

(Sights completely normal to people living in Ethiopia, but unusual and charming to this Idaho girl.) No stop lights.  Not one. Exactly two stop signs, complete ignored by everyone. (This total includes many miles of driving in Addis). Goats and sheep and cows walking down the road, driven by children spinning ropes. A dozen or […]

A lovely visit

Part 2- Thursday in Ethiopia

We arrived in Addis last night around 9PM, right on time.  Always when you get off the plane after so many hours of travel, you’re  soooo ready to just get to the place where you can lay your head for the night.  But there are hurdles. First you wait in line to get your visa, […]

At the airport

Part 1-We’re off!

Here we are this morning with our 6 checked bags and 6 carry-on items. Yikes! So much for packing light. However, 2.5 of our checked bags are things we’re delivering for other people, and there are 5 of us, all girls, traveling for 16 days. I think we could have done worse. As I write […]

Off to Ethiopia!

We’re off tomorrow!

After years of wishing, and months of planning, and days of packing, we are finally ready to set off on this great adventure to Ethiopia. We leave Tuesday morning, which is a ridiculously few hours from now. We’ve got meals planned for the guys at home, and hotels planned for the girls who are going, […]

Something to celebrate

This week I’m joining in with Erika and Esther talking about things to celebrate in our lives.  I’d love it if you’d add a thing or two in comments about the good stuff in your own life. My family has made it through four months of momma being back to work part time, and I […]

Pack Light on Trips

Packing light for a long trip

Excitement is building here for our trip to Ethiopia.  It’s only a week away!  I’ve been working on a packing list, and thinking about how to pack as lightly as possible while still being prepared for what is forecasted as a LOT of rain.  We are also going to be traveling to several different places […]

how school looks for us this year

Homeschooling and new paths

A quick note about last week’s book giveaway.  The winner is commenter #24, the mysterious ‘S’, who is a longtime reader.   Congrats!  Email me your address and I will get your book headed your way. ~~~~~ Always at this time of year, my thoughts turn toward school again.  This year if I’m figuring it […]