Happy Thanksgiving!

If you’re looking for some quick printable activities to occupy the kiddos while the cooking happens, check out the neat ones here at   Have a wonderful holiday celebration with the ones you love!

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 granite I chose

How can it be almost Thanksgiving?

I wanted to show you a sample of the granite we chose for our current house's kitchen remodel.  Our cabinets will not be quite so grand looking.  But they are a white shaker style cabinet fairly similar to the photo, and we are reusing dark drawer … [Read More...]

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Knitting sisters

On growing up in a big family (a letter to my children)

As your momma, there are always things buzzing in my mind that I hope each of you will remember, or know, or understand about what’s most important in this life.  But in this particular moment I’m thinking about how it’s been for you growing up at the beginning, or in the middle, or as the […]

What we’ve liked on Netflix lately

John and I have an evening habit of 45 minutes or so of TV after the younger kids are settled for the night.  It can be a challenge to find TV that’s interesting to us both, is intelligent, and during which people mostly stay reasonably dressed and seem to have decent morals.  We both like […]

The Immigrant Experience

Reading about immigrants

Well, we’re back home and back to school, all in one fell swoop. Thankfully we’re over the worst of the jet lag by now. For awhile the girls were waking around 3 AM and then having a hard time getting back to sleep, which meant they were all practically comatose by 6PM. I kept having […]


Part 11: From Addis to Home

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10 Three days in Harar ended up being just the right amount of time– long enough to visit and sight-see, and also long enough to get tired […]

Harar flowers

Part 10: More from Harar

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 Oh, what a trip we’ve had! We are back home now, so I want to tell you the rest of our story. In Harar, we saw many ladies in […]

On the way to Harar

Part 9: To Harar

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 During the three other times I’ve been to Ethiopia, I’d never ventured outside of Addis.  So this trip has been a completely different and interesting experience.  One of the cities I’ve wanted […]

Soddo Christian Hospital

Part 8: Visiting and Driving

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 Sunday After the enormous events that had unfolded on Saturday, we felt kind of in a daze– ‘did that really happen?’– on Sunday.  But Sunday was our last day in Soddo and it was packed […]

The goodness of God

Part 7: The goodness of God

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 Looking back, I can only imagine how nerve-wracking it must have felt for the young man, answering the barrage of questions from Lidya and Sophie and me. The story he told is, I suppose, not so different from […]

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 […]