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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...]

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beautiful babies

Being a nurse, part 2

(If you missed it, here’s Part One) Now for the rest of the story of night shift nursing: 2AM to 5AM on night shift: When it’s quiet or even moderately busy, here’s where the night starts feeling long, the yawning starts getting serious, and the ‘since I can’t sleep yet’ eating starts happening.  I try […]

Being a nurse

Being a nurse: what it’s like

This transition from being an at-home mom for 17 years to working two days a week has been mostly good, I think.  But it is interesting how back and forth my emotions can be about my job, depending on where I am in my work week.   Just for fun, I decided to document my thoughts […]

Tulips

More on the 36 hour sell

So. The house passed inspection and we’re on target to close by the beginning of March.  Crazy how fast this process is going. I’m holding my breath, aware that delays could still come.  But, wow it is looking good.  What a huge blessing. After the inspect, we do have a second round of workers plowing […]

It's soup-making weather!

Getting back to normal

Our house went on the market on Wednesday.  (Here’s the link to the virtual tour, if you want to see it.)  Twenty-four hours later we’d already had 5 showings and one offer — an OFFER.  Our agent is coming at noon today to present us that offer.  Crazy to think that (maybe, maybe) it could […]

my latest Stitch Fix

My latest Stitch Fix

This time around the lovely folks at Stitch Fix sent me quite a few fun contenders!  I’d love to hear what you think I should keep. First was a pair of black leggings that I didn’t get a picture of.   They would be great with a long tunic-type top.  They’d also be a nice […]

Our House

More house pictures!

I’m so excited to show you some photos of our home, all staged and ready to go on the market next Monday! A friend of mine owns a staging business called Graceful Designs and did a beautiful job of highlighting all the hard work we’ve done to make our much-beloved family home comfortable and lovely […]

Our House

sneak peek of kitchen loveliness

Fixing up the old house to sell has been completely consuming lately, but as you can tell by this shot of the lovely new kitchen, it is all coming together.  Here is a picture of the kitchen before, just to refresh your memory.   And here is the new kitchen, complete with brand new cabinets […]

Love, Unrationed

Love, Unrationed

One thing after another has been thwarting me in the blogging department lately. First, of course, the move. Then it took 2 weeks to get internet at the new place. Plus, before the move one of my laptops stopped charging, and this week, my tiny backup travel ipad-ish thing ALSO stopped charging. Arg. I am […]

Christmas Ostyns

Whew!

Happy New Year!  It’s been a whirlwind 2 weeks around here– probably the craziest Christmas we’ve ever experienced.  After planning for a month to close on our new house Dec 18th, we had all sorts of delays.  At one point the expected close date was looking to be as late as Dec. 29th.  But then […]

Christmas 2015

What we can bring

Way back in 1992, we were living in a cute older house in town, were the happy parents of three tiny children, and were dreaming of homesteading in the country.  Big garden, orchard, chickens, all of it.  When we found a 3 acre piece of land for the princely sum of $13,ooo, we leaped on […]