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Diary Of A Mosquito, World Malaria Day, Compassion International

Diary Of A Mosquito

Today we are teaming up with Compassion International for World Malaria Day, to bring awareness to the fact that half of the world’s population, 3.3 billion people are at risk for malaria. Ben and Simon got involved to help me create a Diary Of A Mosquito. Some of my kids favorite picture books are the …

Us + Them

I mentioned this week that I LOVE that when Whitney Loibner takes our pictures, she takes some of just us. (Taido and me) And some of just them. (The Kids) True story: Before Whitney started taking our pictures, I never liked photos of myself.  I also had exactly ZERO framed pictures of Taido and me …

Family Photos in Argenta Market

This year we went to Argenta Market for our family photos. Argenta is the Main Street District of our town and has been undergoing some revitalization for a number of years.  One of the most fun developments was the addition of this darling local market. We pass this market every day on our way to …

Easter Sunday

  Happy Easter! Today we will miss my sweet Grandmother so much. She always met us at the door at church to say HE IS RISEN! and then waited for our reply, HE IS RISEN INDEED! She (on the left) and my other grandmother wore silly Easter bonnets last year that they made at Woodland …

Snowcamp in Taos

We’re always sad to drive away from the mountains, but we made so many wonderful memories last week at Snowcamp in Taos! I am posting loads of pictures so I can remember our Spring Break in detail in the years to come! Here’s a rare moment at the top of a lift with Taido.  Sometimes …

Heifer Village

[pe2-image src=”http://lh6.ggpht.com/-UAVbq0XoGA8/U6p0db2aW8I/AAAAAAAAUZ4/DLhG3wrFP8I/s144-c-o/IMG_6246.JPG” href=”https://picasaweb.google.com/100212479652479288017/201303HeiferVillage2012LRZoo#6028759100229835714″ caption=”” type=”image” alt=”IMG_6246.JPG” ] One of Little Rock’s best outings is a visit to the Heifer Village downtown. Heifer Village is next to the main building for Heifer Project, an Arkansas based nonprofit working to end hunger. [pe2-image src=”http://lh3.ggpht.com/-3lvMw_YcELQ/U6p1A41JLJI/AAAAAAAAUZI/eesosnAlNK8/s144-c-o/IMG_6256.JPG” href=”https://picasaweb.google.com/100212479652479288017/201303HeiferVillage2012LRZoo#6028759709304564882″ caption=”” type=”image” alt=”IMG_6256.JPG” ] Here is a description from their website: Heifer …

weekend in memphis, memphis with kids, memphis hotel, memphis activities, peabody

Snapshots of Memphis

The kids had some extra days off for Presidents’ Day, so my mom and I threw the boys in the car and took off for a weekend in Memphis. We left early Saturday morning and drove straight to the National Civil Rights Museum.The main building of this museum is closed for renovations until January 2014, …

Tollantusky Trail, Hiking in Arkansas, Arkansas Hiking Trails, Exploring Arkansas, Outside with kids

Tollantusky Trail

 Arkansas Hiking Trails: Tollantusky Trail A couple of weekends ago we were looking for a day hike close to home and we stumbled upon the Tollantusky Trail near Conway, Arkansas. The trailhead is at the Cadron Settlement Park, which is located on AR-319 W off of Highway 64. This park is also home to restored …

A Kinder Mistress

I am still working my way through The Warmth of Other Suns. I even read a few stories aloud at dinner this week. I am in the middle of Part 4, which is the is the largest section of The Warmth of Other Suns. The section is entitled The Kinder Mistress, from the Langston Hughes‘ …

Grateful for Camp

I am so grateful for a wonderful weekend at Castle Bluff with our middle school students from church.  It’s been a couple of years since I made it to one of Taido’s camps so I had enough distance that I was able to wonder afresh at the experience. Lots of treasures on my Grateful List …

Milestone Trips

Why do we take these milestone trips with our children? It was on our trip to Italy in 2004 that Taido and I dreamed up the idea of taking our children to Europe one at a time.  We delighted in the thought of our little ones running through the cobblestone streets of San Gimignano, and …

Mr Putter and Tabby, favorite children's books, early readers, fun with kids

Mr Putter and Tabby

I couldn’t wait to introduce Cole to Mr Putter Books when he was little. I would get them in piles from the library and at first, he would flip through them and find all the modes of transportation.  He really liked trucks. But soon he fell in love with Mr. Putter and Tabby the cat, …

Favorite Summer Memory

In honor of my daddy’s birthday today, I thought I would share this sweet little picture that Simon brought home from school.  It’s his favorite summer memory. Riding a motorcycle with Grandpapa. My dad has this off-roading motorcycle that he rides when we are camping.  He can be gone for hours on it and you …