I Can Tune a Fish

For about three weeks Leilee's favorite joke was: "What is the difference between a guitar and a fish?" *************************************** "You can't tune a fish!" Actually - that was her favorite punchline.  She would ask any question as the first part of the joke and end it with, "You can't tune a fish!" She thought she was hilarious. ...more

Lamentations Sweats

I have this pair of Gap sweats that I have had for years... over ten years to be exact.  They are slowly, yet surely, falling apart.  The waistband is tearing, so the elastic and drawstring are falling out.  The hems are non-existent.  Yet, I keep them.  I keep pulling them out and wearing them.  I lounge in them, clean in them, blog in them.  I'm wearing them right now. ...more

Real Bread. The Second Half.

For the first half of this story, check out this post.  I am following my version of a multigrain bread recipe from Mother Earth News. ...more

Bread. Real Bread. Well, at Least the Start.

So, for the last four or five months, I've been thinking I was all fancy and awesome because I've been making homemade bread for everything.  The kids beg for store bought bread, but I ignore them and smugly think that they'll thank me someday for being made to suffer through healthy foods as children.  I remember feeling the same way as a kid, but I'm also thankful as an adult that I would never dream of buying or eating Wonder bread....more

Why I Love New Balance

Back in the day, I always wanted the "cool" tennis shoes.  Which as I remember were Reeboks and Jordans... Well, if I didn't have the money on my own, I didn't get them.  I remember my dad telling me one time that he would buy my shoes for me if I would pick a pair of Saucony or New Balance. "They're the only shoes made in America, and I'm not paying money for any !@#$% shoes."  Okay, Dad. Well, needless to say, I just found the money myself because back then, those shoes were old people shoes and definitely NOT cool. ...more

The Peaceful Pond

"I've got a river of life flowing out of me. Makes the lame to walk and the blind to see.Opens prison doors, sets the captives free.I've got a river of life flowing out of me!" A song many of us remember from childhood Sunday School classes speaks much deeper to me today.  But few of us (at least I didn't), know the second verse: ...more

A Run With My Son

In March, we officially signed our kids up for a "real" 5k (definition of real: not in our area, actually paid for a bib number and t-shirt, and kids' times were clocked with an ankle thing).Since that traumatic experience, we have forced them to go on runs with us.... nothing too severe, just up and down the driveway... frequent walk breaks, not too fast.  We even bought them each a pair of official "running" shoes....more

For Phoenix

Three weeks ago, I read a newspaper article about a family I know.  About a boy that I have visited with and given hugs and yelled at to slow down in the hallways of the church.  About his frustrating condition that I've known about and prayed about for a long time.  I've known about it all, but the article gave me chills.  ...more

Look Who's Talkin'

Have you ever been around someone who talked too much?  Too fast?  Too detailed? Too private?  Too ___________ (fill in your own experience)? I have.  And I don't really like it.  Sometimes it's funny for a bit or interesting at first.  But usually, at some point during their one-sided conversation, I start thinking about how it's humanly possible for one person to talk so much or so fast, or about how I wish they would just stop because this is something that I so do not need to know.  ...more


I spent a good part of this weekend cleaning backwards.  Every few months or so I clean backwards.  And here is why.  Saturday or Sunday usually have at least a section of the day devoted to cleaning up the aftermath of the week's tornado.  The usual culprits: dishes, laundry, vacuuming, and picking up, picking up, picking up.......more