Monthly Archives: October 2007

Wordless Wednesday: When You’re Three, You Can Own an Island

About the photo: I call it Wheelbarrow Island. I just sat back and watched my kids turn an old wheelbarrow into a magical little place, with captains lost at sea, mysterious creatures of the deep, and a luau back at … Continue reading

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Awards, Carnivals & Contests

I’ve received a few Blog Awards over the last several months, and I’ve been remiss in blogger etiquette, which is to pass on the awards. Thank you, again, to you wonderful bloggers who gave me these awards! The idea is … Continue reading

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Rockies, I Have Hope; and a Giveaway!

The World Series 2007 is underway, pitting the unlikely Colorado Rockies against the legendary Boston Red Sox. Two games into the series, and the Rockies are 0 for 2. For those of you who love to root for the underdog, … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Strange Things Around Town

About my photo: No Photoshop tricks, this really is a giant fireplace in the middle of the desert in Redmond, Oregon. I didn’t see any remains of a house, just a concrete strip leading to the fireplace. There’s another fireplace … Continue reading

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Project Generation Connections

Do you sense a disconnect between generations? This report is one of many which shows a detachment of today’s young people to their heritage and history. Many factors could be at work, including the breakdown of families, loss of respect … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Patch/Petting Zoo in Black and White

We visited the pumpkin patch this week, and the kids have been happily drawing faces on their new orange buddies. We won’t carve them for another week, since we like them to last at least until October 31 without withering … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Ride Off Into the Sunset

I captured these sunset-kissed railroad tracks on my way home one evening, and couldn’t help but think of Lady’s magic gold dust (for you Thomas the Tank Engine fans). Blog Carnivals to catch: The Carnival of Homeschooling The Christian Carnival … Continue reading

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Heart and Home of Simplicity

I’ve been furiously cleaning and decluttering my home over the past week. I’ve been yearning for simplicity, but the clutter around me has been just sucking the life out of me. Do you see the irony of the two pictures … Continue reading

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Feeling Like an Indian

From Benjamin Franklin’s (1706-1790) Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America. Treaty of Lancaster, in Pennsylvania, Anno 1744, between the Government of Virginia and the Six Nations. After the principal Business was settled, the commissioners from Virginia acquainted the Indians … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Airing My Dirty Laundry

Just so you know what I’ll be doing every spare second of my day. Current Blog Carnival update: Carnival of Family Life Carnival of Homeschooling Christian Carnival Carnival of Principled Government Festival of Frugality

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Progress at the Ranch

Building a house…we are determined to make this a positive experience for the family, despite the reality of the many pressures and strains such a project can create. We pray for grace and mercy in this endeavor. Unless the Lord … Continue reading

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My Elk Hunt and Shoot

When I shoot elk, it’s with a camera. There’s a gorgeous herd across the field, at least two hundred of them, that I see everyday (and spy through the binoculars), and of late have been hearing in the early morning … Continue reading

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Too Many Choices?

Can too many choices paralyze the modern parent? And her children? Decide for yourself – here’s an interesting article at The Parenting Post. Author Barry Schwartz, in his book, The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less, addresses this question … Continue reading

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