Stillness Found

We had a quiet day at home today. No errands to run, no trips into town. Home. I didn’t get everything done that I thought I would, but I spent a beautiful time pushing my youngest son on the swing as he talked to me and told me stories and ask me questions – his […]


This past weekend, I happened upon Silas in the back yard, working as hard as his little shovel and four-year-old body would let him.  I asked what he was doing.  “Diggin’” was his reply.  I asked what he was digging for. “Treasures”.  Of course!  And on his way he went. I don’t know if his […]

Morning thoughts

He’s been waking earlier and earlier every morning, much like the sun this time of year.  He wakes with a bright smile first thing in the morning, ready to greet the day and the adventures it will bring.  I love that.  If I’m to be honest though, I’ll tell you that there’s a part of […]

At Least They’re Reading

I’ve been working my way S-L-O-W-L-Y through the abyss basement, clearing out things we don’t want or need any longer, setting aside things to sell or donate.  Unfortunately, the Littles discovered one of those boxes set aside. A box of Barbies. Now, please remember that we’ve been on this parenting gig for over 27 years, […]

My Alphabet (Not the Army Way)

My oldest daughter teases me about how I spell things out for people. She insists I learn the correct Army-person-military-right way of what word to use to explain which letter I’m referring to (you know, A as in “Alpha”, B as in “Bravo” or something like that).  Well, I’m a mom, so I have my […]

Happy Birthday, Son

Goodness, my son is 16 today. Sixteen! I really and truly don’t know where the time went. Seems like only a couple of years ago he was born. His birth was the paradigm shift for our family – the day we started to question how we lived and how we wanted to live.   I became […]

Work to do

My experiment with some natural dyes have led me to want to experiment more. I found some information on using spent daffodil blooms for yellow, so we get to accomplish two things at once – remove the shriveled blossoms so the gardens look prettier, and collect the shriveled blossoms so I can try some dyeing […]