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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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At the bus station

Part 6: Talking to strangers

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 The plan for Saturday was first to  visit Julianna’s family, and then to do a little investigating to see if we could find anything at all about Emily’s family. Since all we knew about her was the police station where she’d […]

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Part 5: Joyful Grannies

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 On we walked, with our young guides reassuring us that it was close by. Sophie had a picture of the house in her head– a rectangular house with two front doors and a round children’s hut off to one side. When we entered a […]

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 […]