beach

Changes

Lots has been going on around here lately, things that are good and timely and affirming of all the work we have done as parents over the years. Exciting for the kids, and yet also so very wistful for me.  After many years with a whole houseful of kids we are now down to three […]

Featured Recipe

Eggs, wonderful eggs

Seven Great Ways to Use Eggs

I went grocery shopping yesterday and was amazed to discover that (in our area anyway) a carton of five dozen eggs is only $2.69. I can't remember the last time eggs were that cheap.  That's a LOT of protein for less than $3.  In honor of that … [Read More...]

Parenting Feature

Living Books

As we near the start of our school year, I'm thinking of what I'd like to do that's new.  This year I've decided to focus more on 'living' books than I have in the past few years.  These are books that tell stories about our world with a lively, … [Read More...]

Recent Posts

Cousin fun

Summertime party!

We have the family tradition of a big 4th of July party complete with a barbecue, games, prizes and a water balloon fight.  Since we moved into the new house, I’ve been puzzling how we could pull all this off in our tiny back yard. So in planning for the party, I hunted for games […]

Lena-Grey-Recliner

Recliner help

OK folks, I am on the hunt for a recliner that is comfortable for my husband, but not big and puffy. Something reasonably stylish, with straight arms instead of rounded-over ones. Bonus if it comes in grey. The closest thing I’ve found so far is this one, but since it has not one review, I […]

How to make kimbap (Korean-style sushi)

(First posted here in 2010) Korean Sushi Preparation Time: 60 minutes Serves: 6-8 This recipe is a little more time consuming than my average recipe, but it is a fun treat every now and then.  Once you have the various ingredients prepped, the actual rolling goes quickly.  Be sure to check out my how-to video […]

OurHouse

Our next adventure

I looked at my blog the other day and was shocked at how long it’d been since I’ve last posted. We did just get back from church camp, which with all the cooking and prep that I do each year, does take a bit of time. I was also working extra before we left to […]

AmericanGenius

Summer Movie Ideas

If you’re like me, you’re looking forward to some serious down time this summer, both for you and your kids. But you also don’t want your kids’ brains to completely stagnate in the process. My girls will be reading at least an hour a day this summer, and will also continue to do just a […]

Life…

Life is such a mass of ups and downs and fun and unexpected and wonderful and hard, isn’t it? Yesterday I passed a hard test that I needed to pass to keep doing labor and delivery care — hooray! Yesterday our freshly minted 18 year old son got his ears pierced– turns out earrings look […]

Girls3

May Stitch Fix

My latest Stitch Fix came at the perfect time– I had two graduations to attend and hadn’t done a bit of thinking about what to wear.  Here are the things that they sent me. First up is this knit tank top in a fun pattern.  It is nice and loose, with a pretty pattern, and […]

Spray painting chairs:  before and after

Spray painting plastic chairs: does it work?

When we moved, we brought some white plastic lawn chairs that didn’t end up matching with the rest of the back yard decor, which is mostly black lawn furniture with some red and yellow accents.  The white didn’t clash, but it got kind of lost against the white fence, and because the chairs were old, […]

Pin It
With some of the kids on Mother's Day

Mother’s Day

We had a nice visit with family on Mother’s Day.   One of the highlights of the day had to be when all our grandchildren arrived at once, all hurrying toward the front door in great excitement at being here to visit.  What delight.  🙂 Here’s a photo of my momma and me with one of […]

With Dawit

A little girl and her heart

In August when we traveled to Ethiopia, we were blessed to be driven around by a wonderful man named Dawit. This was actually the third time he has been our driver in Ethiopia, and we couldn’t have had a better person to keep watch over us. By the time the two weeks of this trip […]