brynn, cooper, education, elisabeth, entertaining, grade school, hinson, house, just life, preschooler, silas, sports, stephen

The September Sprint

It feels like we can start breathing again—now that we’re nearly half-way through October. These days are flying by! So many things begin in September that it’s perhaps more of a “new year” experience than January.   School has been the easiest transition. We’re so proud of Cooper taking on the challenge of kindergarten, navigating… Read More The September Sprint

diy, house, stephen

Homeownership

Since I like to blog about things after they are completely accomplished, I was waiting for the very last details of our  house siding project to be complete before writing about it. And here we are, months later, with only the painting of drainpipe fasteners standing between me and writing about our siding…so I’m writing!… Read More Homeownership

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, house, oregon

Here Is Home

God is good. He has blown us away with His generosity and graciousness in giving us this home as our own! From the first time I walked into this house, I fell in love. We had just survived four days on the road with three kids, a giant moving truck full of our earthly possessions,… Read More Here Is Home

family, friends, house, oregon

On the Oregon Trail

From Phoenix to Portland. Four days of driving. On the road to Oregon. The first day was exciting, reflective, and brutal in the desert sun. Thankfully, we landed in St. George, Utah where we were reunited with old friends. Pastor Greg and MerriEllen Wright graciously opened their home and their hearts to us. As always,… Read More On the Oregon Trail