John Meistrell

What I found in the ‘begats’

When I was a kid and we’d get stuck in the begats in the Bible, I’d find my attention wandering and sometimes I’d wonder why they even bothered to keep track of who was born to whom.  But lately I’ve been wandering there myself. On a whim a few weeks ago I checked out  […]

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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

Beach in July

Beach time

Here's a snap from a quick trip we made to the beach this week. Felt weird to be traveling with only two kids, but all our bigger kids were working, and so we took the plunge and went off to play without them.  We missed them all lots, but … [Read More...]

Recent Posts

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 […]


The garden is coming together!

I’ve had such fun seeing how much garden I can fit into this tiny back yard of ours!  (The answer: quite a bit)  I now have a total of 6 raspberry canes, 5 tomato plants, four peppers, four strawberry plants (Julianna had to have strawberries!), three cilantro plants, two cucumbers, and one watermelon plant.  Oh, […]


Worth reading (and a giveaway!)

Between yard work and OB work and the challenging work of parenting teens fluttering on the edge of the nest, I haven’t been reading lots of books lately. But two that I’ve read are very worth mentioning. First off is an excellent book about relationships called Attached. This book is actually geared toward adults at […]


What do you do….

…when you’ve moved into a house where the back yard has high fences and your sweet lil puppy dog has absolutely zero view on the world? Well, you go to Hobby Lobby and you find a really cool piece of framed decorative metal (on sale for $30), and you cut two boards out of the […]

Julianna and her kitty getting ready to enjoy a cozy corner

Our back yard

I’ve been having lots of fun lately working on our back yard. It started out as a very barren rectangle of grass and concrete, and even after a bit of work the grass is still in need of some help.  But in general the yard is looking lots more interesting these days, so I thought […]


Defiant Joy

In the darkness I’ll dance, In the shadows I’ll sing, The joy of the Lord is my strength!


Easter Vacation

We had a lovely escape to the ocean this past week.  Usually we go expecting lots of rain, because that’s how the Oregon beaches are, especially in the springtime.  But this week we had tons of sun mixed in with just a little rain.  It was gorgeous.  We even had a lovely Easter morning rainbow– […]

Yard Ideas

Starting on the back yard

I’ve been derailed for the past few days by the dreaded puking bug.  Today I’m feeling better though I still have not gone beyond toast and Sprite and cold cereal in the food department.  And sadly, now Julianna is sick.  Bah, humbug.  Hoping everyone else will continue to feel healthy. I wanted to tell you […]

zinnia pinecones


I enjoyed reading these pieces and thought you might also On Living Set Apart Simple (and small) Living Ready or Not   Then there’s this brilliant pine cone idea from A Fanciful Twist

Cooking with gas

Now we’re cooking with gas

I think I told you that just before we moved out of the old house, in the midst of repainting and recarpeting and replacing the whole kitchen,  our oven broke, forcing us to buy brand a brand new range also—a mite frustrating after all the money we’d already poured into the house, especially given the […]