Years ago, my friend Melissa said tulips were her favorite flower. I didn’t get it. Tulips seemed kind of lame to me…until now. Here in the mild climate of Oregon, each season stretches out in full glory so we can revel in it. I’ve never seen such a long, beautiful spring! Tulips are everywhere—and their… Read More An Old World Kind of Day
T-ball is the cutest. Silas had his first game a couple Saturdays ago, and we were so proud! We signed him up for Cedar Mill Little League so he could be on a team with his friends from school. The two head coaches are husbands of some friends of mine from Moms In Prayer. Not… Read More Go, Dodgers!
Christ’s death and resurrection are the crux of our faith. So, for the past couple of years I’ve been thinking about how we can celebrate a Christ-focused Easter. I wrote about the beginnings of our Easter traditions last year. Stephen has reminded me many, many times that he doesn’t want us to force traditions into… Read More In Search of Easter Traditions
We love our house. We love our neighbors, friends, and church. And we love Oregon. A couple of weeks ago Silas had spring break. Honestly, it didn’t really occur to us to take a trip since we’re busy loving life and we had taken a major Christmas trip recently. As it turned out, taking a… Read More Spring Break Staycation
I didn’t want to miss out on a St. Patrick’s Day parade, so the weekend before the 17th, we took the kids to a small town parade in Hillsboro. We were the only people on our side of the street for about half a mile since it was a very wet Saturday. But, it was… Read More Little Bit O’ Green
Woohoo! We made it! Silas has completed 100 days of kindergarten (which is more than we can say for Daddy or Grampy). Last Thursday, Bethany Elementary’s kindergarten classes celebrated their 100th day of school by making Froot Loop necklaces with 1oo pieces of cereal. They also made headbands, medals and several “100” craft and math… Read More 100 Days
There is more More than all this pain More than all the falling down And the getting up again There is more More than we can see From our tiny vantage point In this vast eternity There is more Our hearts were awakened to music and emotion through the art of Andrew Peterson. We began… Read More The Stories Are True
It was time. Time to explore again. With all the snow, sickness, busyness, birthday parties, baby showers, and work schedule this winter, it felt like forever since we explored this new state of ours. After lunch we drove east to the Columbia River Gorge to visit the Bonneville Lock and Dam. The drive along the… Read More A Pacific Northwest Outing
Silas was reading to Brynn this morning, and Brynn decided to read along with him. Cooper, on the other hand, has decided to pursue his doctorate.
Valentine’s Day is a holiday I like making a big deal about for the whole family. I want my family to know they are loved, and I seek to teach my children that loving others is a high priority for us since we are so well-loved by God. His love should motivate our love for… Read More St. Valentine’s Day