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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 […]

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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 … [Read More...]

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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 … [Read More...]

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September Stitch Fix

My latest Stitch Fix

Last week I got rather a cute batch of Stitch Fix items that I thought you might like to see.  This first item is a silky blue blouse that was quite pretty, but looked a little boxy on me and just didn’t quite feel like my style.  It kinda felt to me like it should […]

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Sweet Meg

Erika and Israel had their baby last week, sweet little Meg. She joins brother Ranger, 3.5 and sister Ali, 2 years old. All went well and we are so thrilled! If you want to see more photos, visit Erika’s blog and tell them congrats!

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On growing up in a big family (a letter to my children)

As your momma, there are always things buzzing in my mind that I hope each of you will remember, or know, or understand about what’s most important in this life.  But in this particular moment I’m thinking about how it’s been for you growing up at the beginning, or in the middle, or as the […]

What we’ve liked on Netflix lately

John and I have an evening habit of 45 minutes or so of TV after the younger kids are settled for the night.  It can be a challenge to find TV that’s interesting to us both, is intelligent, and during which people mostly stay reasonably dressed and seem to have decent morals.  We both like […]

The Immigrant Experience

Reading about immigrants

Well, we’re back home and back to school, all in one fell swoop. Thankfully we’re over the worst of the jet lag by now. For awhile the girls were waking around 3 AM and then having a hard time getting back to sleep, which meant they were all practically comatose by 6PM. I kept having […]

Addis

Part 11: From Addis to Home

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10 Three days in Harar ended up being just the right amount of time– long enough to visit and sight-see, and also long enough to get tired […]

Harar flowers

Part 10: More from Harar

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 Oh, what a trip we’ve had! We are back home now, so I want to tell you the rest of our story. In Harar, we saw many ladies in […]

On the way to Harar

Part 9: To Harar

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 During the three other times I’ve been to Ethiopia, I’d never ventured outside of Addis.  So this trip has been a completely different and interesting experience.  One of the cities I’ve wanted […]

Soddo Christian Hospital

Part 8: Visiting and Driving

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 Sunday After the enormous events that had unfolded on Saturday, we felt kind of in a daze– ‘did that really happen?’– on Sunday.  But Sunday was our last day in Soddo and it was packed […]

The goodness of God

Part 7: The goodness of God

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 Looking back, I can only imagine how nerve-wracking it must have felt for the young man, answering the barrage of questions from Lidya and Sophie and me. The story he told is, I suppose, not so different from […]