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  […]

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

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

The Party–

(3rd attempt to post.. darn Blogger anyway) So the party was great. Good food, good company. We actually had the party at our church– our dining room does NOT seat 45. Actually, I doubt if our whole house seats 45. It was really nice to be able to trash the kitchen cooking all day and […]

I Wish I’d Known…

My firstborn daughter turns 18 in a few days. Per her request we’re having a big to-do– a sit-down dinner for 45 people. Mostly family– our clan is huge–but a dozen or so friends as well. We’ve been cooking all day today, and doubtless will be scurrying around decorating and picking up the cake and […]

Thursday Not-13

Was thinking of a Thursday Thirteen but then got inspired in a different direction. Just came from Momhood where she has a lovely post about mothers, daughters and family resemblance. It made me think of this picture of myself with my mom and my five sisters, taken on Mother’s Day last year. My momma is […]


Life as I know it…. …is over! The baby can now open doors! Why on earth when we built this house did we choose such easy-open handles???


Chiming in again on the Wednesday ‘big family’ thread that was the brain child of The Big Yellow House Chris and Mom to the Screaming Masses Carmen. Today’s topic is organization. I certainly do not have it all figured out, but I do have some things in place at our house that have helped a […]

My Chuckle For The Day

(I read this on my Korean-adoption email loop this morning.) ——————————————————- A new pastor was visiting in the homes of his parishioners. At one house it seemed obvious that someone was at home, but no answer came to his repeated knocks at the door. Therefore, he took out a business card and wrote “Revelation 3:20” […]

Ring Around The…TV?

We’ve just introduced the baby to the delights of “Ring Around The Rosy”. She will go til I’m dizzy and my knees are complaining from too much “all fall down.” Thankfully she has siblings who are still willing to play even after her momma quits. This afternoon the four youngest were going round and round. […]

And I’m Homeschooling??

OK– I was directed to this by Mommy Needs To Vent. Thought for sure I would get them all right. I mean, I’m homeschooling my kids, for pity sakes– and how hard can 8th grade math be?? But, ack, I only got a B!! The dumb thing is they don’t even tell you which ones […]

True Love

The Queen of Spain is having a contest. She’s looking for pictures of true love. I immediately thought of this one of hubby and me TWENTY-ONE years ago at Prom. Boggles my mind that is was THAT long ago! This year we celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary, so it really must have been true love! […]

Beyond Borders

Friday evening it wasn’t quite movie-time bedtime for the kids yet and they were running around burning off their last energy. So hubby and I went on looking at living room furniture. Our old couch is really starting to fall apart and we’re short on seating, so we’re looking at possibly spending part of […]