Category Archives: parenting

And So, As It Turns Out, I Can’t Do It All

The past four and a half months have been unusually busy for Nik and me.  I participated in a major project at church, which consumed just about every minute I could spare at the computer (including the evening hours when … Continue reading

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A Fond Farewell to My Dearly Loved Oregon Mug (and my Montana one too, sniff, sniff)

My favorite souvenir to buy while on a trip is a hand-thrown pottery mug.  I have several and LOVE using them.  My dad even brought me one back from Scotland last year.  I love the feel of them in my … Continue reading

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How We Spent Our October 31st (and why we didn’t go trick-or-treating)

As is true with other parts of my life, my thinking about Halloween has moderated in my adult years.  When I was younger, I probably would have told you that I didn’t think there was any way to partake in … Continue reading

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Classics Club, Book #8: Middlemarch (from August 2014)

This is my eighth post for The Classics Club (just a couple weeks late).  I’ll be reading one classic book a month for the next 4-5 years.  Track what I’m reading for the Classics Club here.  I’ll try not to … Continue reading

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Classics Club, Book #7: Emma (from July 2014)

This is my seventh post for The Classics Club (just a month late).  I’ll be reading one classic book a month for the next 4-5 years.  Track what I’m reading for the Classics Club here.  I’ll try not to include … Continue reading

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Classics Club, Book #6: Jane Eyre (from June 2014)

This is my sixth post for The Classics Club (just a month late).  I’ll be reading one classic book a month for the next 4-5 years.  Track what I’m reading for the Classics Club here.  I’ll try not to include … Continue reading

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Weeding in a Torrential Downpour (or what a mom does to get a little alone time)

Tuesday night, Mark and I were outside after dinner, having a lovely time.  I was weeding and he was happily digging with his beloved trowel.  Then, the rain started.  We were under a tree (tidying up a mulch ring) and … Continue reading

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Two Mesmerizing (and screen free!) Activities for Toddlers

Today I have two great, mesmerizing, and (BONUS!) screen-free activities for toddlers (even for bigger kids and adults too).  The first is really super-duper expensive and perhaps a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.  The second? Practically free! And repeatable! 1.  Get your neighbors … Continue reading

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Classics Club, Book #5: Persuasion

This is my fifth post for The Classics Club.  I’ll be reading one classic book a month for the next 4-5 years.  I just added a new page to the blog to track what I’m reading.  Find that here.  I’ll … Continue reading

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To All The Mothers in My Life, And Especially My Own – Happy Mother’s Day! (and other thoughts about this day)

Here’s a belated message for all the mothers I know, but especially to my own mother, Priscilla; my mother-in-law, Tina; my sister, Rachel; and my sisters-in-law, Meggan, Leah, Katie, and Nikki: Happy Mother’s Day! I love you! my lovely mama … Continue reading

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