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Rifle, Colorado

We spent a lovely two days in the area of Rifle, Colorado, a place I had never even heard tell of before last week.  Though we enjoyed our time there, we probably won’t go back since it is so far west in Colorado. Unless, of course, I take up rock climbing, which is about as …

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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 …

The Smoky Mountains

We recently returned from a rainy week in the Smoky Mountains with my entire family.  The last time we all camped together was five years ago in Colorado.  Since everyone remembers that week as being very cold, we decided to meet somewhere a little warmer.  And a little closer!  We have been planning this trip …

Parenting Advice: Don’t Ask Me

Parenting Advice: Don’t Ask Me. I’m just winging it. Someone recently was asking for parenting advice because a first baby was about to arrive.  Specifically, he asked What one piece of parenting advice would you give? Now I know that I have no business handing out parenting advice. In addition to the fact that I …

Good Friday

Today is Good Friday. I had some plans that worked and some that didn’t quite pan out. I tried to pull away enough today to remember. And I had some plans to help the kids to remember. I fought through conflicting interests to pull our evening together. There were compromises. We broke homemade bread together. …

Easter Garden

If you’ve been with me for a while you know that once upon a time, I had a very bad day and I bought a pot for my front doorstep.  And if you know my house, if you grace us with your presence, you also know that apart from this pot and a flower bed …

Simon Sings His BSF Songs

Simon Sings His BSF Songs Today is Wednesday, so Simon and I should be together at Bible Study Fellowship. But instead I am in Colorado and he is in Arkansas and BSF is off for the week because it’s spring break. In honor of not going to BSF, here is Simon singing his two favorite …

Field Trip: Little Rock Nine

Last Friday I accompanied the fourth graders at Pike View on a field trip that included stops at Little Rock Central High School, the Old State House and the Arkansas State Capitol.  The trip came on the heels of units for Black History month and a social studies unit on the federal, state and local …

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Ida B

Ida B…and her plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World.  by Katharine Hannigan Last night we finished this little gem of a book, and though I’ve mentioned it several times, I thought it deserved its very own post.  The power of a treasure like Ida B is that reading a couple …

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Inspired Christmas

I’ve been fighting the crazy Christmas machine this week.  Not the one that jumps out of advertisements.  The one that lives inside my head.  It tells me that I’ll never ever get away from being in bondage to the Christmas frenzy, no matter what I do. There are two current lines of thought in my …

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Canadian Rockies Tour

Canadian Rockies Tour: Of Glaciers and Grizzlies I am currently in the Canadian Rockies with my four children and my parents. Oh yes, Taido got a relief driver and gave us the slip so he could study without interruption for the final two weeks. So far he has missed a lot of time in the …

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Berry Picking

  Berry picking has got to be one of the greatest pastimes ever. Besides being great entertainment, the reward for your work is so great. If you love berries like I do, then you should definitely make plans to visit the Pacific Northwest the last week in July or the first week of August one …