Monthly Archives: March 2011


Life with four kids under the age of 11, a husband, and my 82 year old mother.
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Three little kittens have lost their mittens…

…and I began to cry. Our lovely trio of orange tabbies has dwindled to two. Chubsters, on the far left in this photo, disappeared four days ago. We hope and pray for his safe return, but this is the third … Continue reading

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How to Return to Your First Love

When a new spark is needed in your relationships, your faith, or your interests, what do you do? Continue reading

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Strep-induced quiet

I’ve allowed myself to rest in bed for several days because I’m sick with this fiery, swollen throat that makes swallowing feel like giving birth. From my horizontal position, I turned to watching clouds, my way of childhood, though nothing … Continue reading

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Giving to Japan: Please consider my friends the Millards

Do you wonder how to give responsibly and directly to the Japanese relief effort in the wake of the March 10, 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster? I remember after Katrina, Haiti, and other colossal calamities, there was much waste … Continue reading

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In the Garden with Children

How to have fun, grow food, and build character while gardening with your kids.
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Homeschool Recess

Recess on the ranch is more fun than I remember from my childhood schoolyard. My school playground wasn’t nearly as bad as some (at least I had one), and I loved swinging the tetherball and merry-go-rounding, but I still have … Continue reading

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The Human Condition

A friend loses her job, a mother loses her mind. A child falls and scrapes her knee, a man falls off the wagon. I witnessed such struggles this week, and paused to note the challenge of being human. In this … Continue reading

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