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

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 […]

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 hampered, what with budget constraints and time restraints and […]

Christmas in 2010

Things I’m doing this week

I’m sitting here at 5:30 PM in my PJ’s yawning and waiting for my coffee to kick in. After last night’s work, I had a nice long sleep today.  So once I get to work tonight, I’ll be golden, but at the moment it’s PJ’s and yawning for me. Hard to believe we move in […]


Bonus hours

What with moving in 17 days— 17, people!– and Christmas in 24, I’ve been wishing I could find some bonus hours in the day somehow. Well, this morning I was granted my wish. After working night shift all weekend (and sleeping the subsequent days), this morning I woke up at 4 AM completely unable to […]


Happy Thanksgiving!

If you’re looking for some quick printable activities to occupy the kiddos while the cooking happens, check out the neat ones here at   Have a wonderful holiday celebration with the ones you love!

The granite I chose

How can it be almost Thanksgiving?

I wanted to show you a sample of the granite we chose for our current house’s kitchen remodel.  Our cabinets will not be quite so grand looking.  But they are a white shaker style cabinet fairly similar to the photo, and we are reusing dark drawer and door pulls very much like the ones shown, […]

A fresh look for the living room!

We have carpet!

The crazy thing about having the same carpet for 22 years is that when you get new carpet, it looks decidedly odd for awhile.  But I suspect that those of you who have NOT spent years and years looking at my living room will more immediately see the great improvement that it is. For comparison […]

all the things

Doing ALL the things

This cartoon so aptly describes my current frame of mind that I just had to share it with you.  I am bopping madly from task to task to task, seemingly adding things to the list as fast as I am checking them off.  Here are a few highlights from the week Did an hour-long interview […]


We got the house!!! Closing December 18th. So exciting!  And what a crazy time of year to be moving… This morning I’m off to look at cabinet choices for our current house.  Our goal is to put it on the market January 1st.  What a lot we have to do!


On pins and needles

Well, after several weeks of looking for just the right place, we’ve put in an offer on a house. It’s much closer to John’s work, and on a much smaller property, but has a big common area to run the dog and have picnics and host our annual 4th of July bash.  My favorite part […]