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 had fun with the youngest two […]

Featured Recipe

How to make kimbap (Korean-style sushi)

(First posted here in 2010) Korean Sushi Preparation Time: 60 minutes Serves: 6-8 This recipe is a little more time consuming than my average recipe, but it is a fun treat every now and then.  Once you have the various ingredients … [Read More...]

Parenting Feature

Cousin fun

Summertime party!

We have the family tradition of a big 4th of July party complete with a barbecue, games, prizes and a water balloon fight.  Since we moved into the new house, I've been puzzling how we could pull all this off in our tiny back yard. So in planning … [Read More...]

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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 […]

The painting that never ended

I was trying to figure out today why after only one night of work I am so exhausted.  Then I realized that probably it is not just the night of work.  It is the fact that for the past five days anytime that I haven’t been scurrying around running a million errands, I’ve been painting. […]

Useful grey by Benjamin Moore

buzzing around….

Hello!!  Yes, I’m still here.  Just buzzing around doing all sorts of interesting things.  At least once a week I’ve been enjoying that sweet new grandbaby and playing with her older siblings so mama can nap. We’ve been homeschooling and keeping up with all the normal stuff around here, including 2 night shifts a week […]

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!

Knitting sisters

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 […]