Dimples’ Farewell

We walked into the cottage after the long drive to Montana, and one of the first things I heard was one staff member say to another, “I’m really going to miss that kid.” Those words characterized Dimples’ entire farewell. Dimples “Goodbye Ceremony” was lovely. All of the children from her cottage were present, and many […] ...more

Dimples is Home

So many of you are praying for Dimples and our family as she settles in at home....more

Books You Should Read Before Graduating from High School

Annarose’s senior year of high school is just about to begin. Rather than use a prepared booklist and lesson plan for literature, I’m putting together a list of “Books you Should Read Before Graduating ...more

Couple’s Colonoscopies

Some people plan couple’s massages. Not us, we like being unique, so we scheduled couple’s...more

Jen Hatmaker’s Book, Interrupted, (and a Giveaway)

When Jen Hatmaker writes a book, you just might want to read it. Sometime in mid-July, before we left for Whidbey Island, I was offered the opportunity to read and review the newly updated edition of Interrupted: When Jesus Wrecks Your Comfortable Christianity. It seemed perfect at the time; the book would arrive before we […] ...more

I Could Almost Laugh (or Just Cry)

We arrived home at midnight, and in our caffeine-fueled state, Russ and I stayed up until 1:00 am unloading the van. This morning came a little too early for me, but I was eager to sit down and write some deep reflections on the things I learned while we were away. Before I began, I […] ...more

Moving Through the Gray

It’s Monday morning and I’m in the gray place of transition – from Whidbey Island to home, vacation to reality, and summer to school. My mind is full of lists: chore charts, lesson plans, schedules, goals for each child, dinner menus, house plans, and any number of other things. Are you with me? ...more

A Quick Hello

Hi friends! I’m still on a break from regular blogging, but have to say I miss writing and I miss all of you. Since it’s early in the morning and everyone is sleeping, I’m making a quick visit to my blog ....more

Time to Rest, Play, and Be Quiet

We made it to Whidbey Island late Thursday night ...more

My Favorite Place on Earth

This morning we are loading up the car and heading to Whidbey Island – my favorite place on earth. I have a lifetime of memories there from walking the beach as a little girl, to watching my own children grow up there. It’s amazing to me that one place has seen so much of my […] ...more