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Camino de Santiago, The Way, PrincesasDelCamino, Alison Chino, MacsAdventure, Chasing Daylight

Snippets of the Way: Pilgrims or Princesses?

LynEtte, Alison, Stephanie and Diane. We declared ourselves to be pilgrims on the road to Santiago. But before we ever started out on the trail, we had a hunch that we were taking The Way a little easier than most. (Camino Lightweights, if you will.) For starters, we were only doing the last stage, by …

Castle Closed, Scotland, Security, Chino House

Speyside Way Stories: Castle Closed

Excuse me, miss, can I help you? I knew I was in trouble by the tone of his voice, but I was buying time. Um, no, actually, I don’t think so. I answered meekly. He came back with, What are you doing, exactly? Me: Well, we’re just walking down this road. (stating the obvious) And, …

A Story about a 1D Concert

  A Story about a 1D Concert Some things in this world just have to be experienced rather than enjoyed. Even though I love being outdoors, I can also admit that a long day of climbing can be rough. Especially if it is raining. But rough days both build and reveal our character. And often …

First Flights

photo by Jacob Slaton Do you remember the first time you ever flew on an airplane? When you first felt the now everyday miracle of accelerating down the runway and then the nose of the aircraft lifting up into the air? Just like that.  All of a sudden, you are flying.  Houses below you become …

Taos {Town Visit}

On one day of Snowcamp we took a break from skiing and spent the day wandering around the town of Taos. Taos has a really cute downtown square area with all kinds of shops, restaurants and galleries. (LOTS of galleries) We ate lunch at La Cueva which was delicious.  I had shrimp tacos, which I …

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Seven

Last week I read Seven: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker, and thinking about this book is taking up the better part of my brain.  The book is the storytelling of her efforts to do a fast of sorts for seven months, from seven different things. One month she eats seven foods. One …

Hiking with Kids: Trekking Poles

My husband Taido, who we also like to call the Gearhead, owns these trekking poles for when he goes backpacking.  He is usually carrying a decent sized pack in the mountains, so the poles help take some of the weight off his knees and land his feet a little lighter in spite of his heavy …

Call Me, Maybe

While Taido was out of town last week, Mary Polly had a couple of girls spend the night.  Usually our house is full of boys, so it’s always interesting when the hormone scale gets tipped the other way.  The dynamics in the house shift. Nail polish fumes overpower the smell of sweaty socks.  One Direction …

rapid fire

I’ve been trying to spare everyone the “my-baby-started-kindergarten” mommyblogger post, so I’ve been quiet about school starting. We are in year round school with a four to five week summer so everyone but Cole started back last Wednesday, including Simon. My grandmother also went into the hospital last Wednesday, so I found myself running up …

Rosemary White Bean Soup

Rosemary White Bean Soup Around August of this year, we decided that we were going to eat beans once a week this year to save money on groceries. The pot of beans has varied each week.  We’ve had purple hull peas and cornbread many nights.  Also, I’ve previously posted about how wonderful I find a …

my grandmother’s homemade ice cream

At the end of July we had a homemade ice cream party at the apartments behind our church. A big old fashioned ice cream social. It was all kinds of fun, and the ice cream was definitely the highlight. Before the event Daddy and I were making our ice cream together at my house on …

five little ducks book image, cute book in the grass

Five Little Ducks

Five Little Ducks So remember last year when I posted silly videos of Simon singing his favorite songs from Bible Study and you all humored me because of the many purposes this blog serves, one of them is to be a sort of scrapbook of memories. Well, it’s time for one of those again. Simon …