date nights, food, holidays

Happy Heart Day

The kids’ eyes filled with hearts when they saw the Valentine envelopes hanging on their bedroom doors. They were so excited that they immediately began making valentines for each other. Silas put together Lego valentines while Cooper shocked me by writing love notes for everyone without any prompting! Brynn and I managed to make some… Read More Happy Heart Day

food, garden, house, just life, oregon

My First Garden

Vegetable garden, that is. Growing up in WV, I would transplant daffodils and ferns from the nearby creek to decorate our yard. Several friends would gift perennials to add to my collection. But flower gardens became a thing of the past once I married. Working full-time those first three years of marriage meant that I… Read More My First Garden

community, employment, faith, food, friends, grade school, hinson, holidays, imagination, just life, oregon, stephen

Around Here

Between two birthdays and Thanksgiving all in the same month, Novembers are busy with celebrations around here. Because we’ve settled into life here in Oregon, our family calendar was a lot fuller this past month. I volunteered in Silas’s classroom twice and hope to do it more. His teacher’s love for her students and love… Read More Around Here

cooking, food, stephen

Say, “Cheese!”

Cheese has long been one of our delights, hobbies, interests, indulgences. Stephen decided to try his hand at cheesemaking, so he ordered a starter kit off of Amazon. Early in September he gave it a go, following this tutorial. Cheese curds were a lot of work! He used one gallon of milk, and created a fun… Read More Say, “Cheese!”