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 […]

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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

Seeing Jesus this Christmas

Kids and gifts. And Jesus.

This is the time of year when my momma-heart wants to give my children the perfect gift. Well, truth be told, always I long to do that, but that longing is huge at Christmas. This year with all the busy-ness of moving, my Christmas gift-hunting feels … [Read More...]

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AJulWalk

Part 4: This should be easy

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 When we got into Dawit’s van on Saturday morning to go visit Julianna’s family, we thought we knew where we were going.  Sophie had been there before, after all.  How hard could it be? We were hoping to visit Julianna’s birth father and some of her siblings.  […]

SoddoDrive (1)

Part 3: On the way to Soddo we saw…

(Sights completely normal to people living in Ethiopia, but unusual and charming to this Idaho girl.) No stop lights.  Not one. Exactly two stop signs, complete ignored by everyone. (This total includes many miles of driving in Addis). Goats and sheep and cows walking down the road, driven by children spinning ropes. A dozen or […]

A lovely visit

Part 2- Thursday in Ethiopia

We arrived in Addis last night around 9PM, right on time.  Always when you get off the plane after so many hours of travel, you’re  soooo ready to just get to the place where you can lay your head for the night.  But there are hurdles. First you wait in line to get your visa, […]

At the airport

Part 1-We’re off!

Here we are this morning with our 6 checked bags and 6 carry-on items. Yikes! So much for packing light. However, 2.5 of our checked bags are things we’re delivering for other people, and there are 5 of us, all girls, traveling for 16 days. I think we could have done worse. As I write […]

Off to Ethiopia!

We’re off tomorrow!

After years of wishing, and months of planning, and days of packing, we are finally ready to set off on this great adventure to Ethiopia. We leave Tuesday morning, which is a ridiculously few hours from now. We’ve got meals planned for the guys at home, and hotels planned for the girls who are going, […]

Something to celebrate

This week I’m joining in with Erika and Esther talking about things to celebrate in our lives.  I’d love it if you’d add a thing or two in comments about the good stuff in your own life. My family has made it through four months of momma being back to work part time, and I […]

Pack Light on Trips

Packing light for a long trip

Excitement is building here for our trip to Ethiopia.  It’s only a week away!  I’ve been working on a packing list, and thinking about how to pack as lightly as possible while still being prepared for what is forecasted as a LOT of rain.  We are also going to be traveling to several different places […]

how school looks for us this year

Homeschooling and new paths

A quick note about last week’s book giveaway.  The winner is commenter #24, the mysterious ‘S’, who is a longtime reader.   Congrats!  Email me your address and I will get your book headed your way. ~~~~~ Always at this time of year, my thoughts turn toward school again.  This year if I’m figuring it […]

Photographer in training

Got a photographer-wannabe at your house?

I haven’t done a giveaway for a long time, but I am excited about the one I have for you today. In our family, there are several kids who frequently grab my camera or my phone to either take selfies or to get photos of what’s going on around them.   If there’s a kid […]

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 toasted. Hazel’s Gluten Free Bread Makes one loaf Ingredients 3 eggs 1 T. cider […]