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My Thanksgiving Dinner Plan (pretty much)!

We hosted dinner guests from India tonight. Jordan and Nicole. Missionaries' kids who met and married in India and are relocating to New Zealand. Early 20s and so precious. Jordan is a gifted musician/artist and Nicole is a photographer. It's so...

The Beautiful Life of a Cage-free Organic Kid

How do I describe the emotion I feel when I look at this picture? An innocent little angel girl living in the cocoon of her parents love and protection, being home educated, stimulated by everything that is good…engaged in social...

The Stock Market is Soaring! Here’s Where to Realize Your Greatest ROI

The U.S. stock market is experiencing remarkable highs, increasing individuals’ 401Ks 50, 60 and even 70%. Living here in the Seattle area where Bill Gates and Paul Allen began their little startup called Microsoft, I often hear folks wistfully reflect,...

When a Little Bit of Heaven Came Down to Earth

Four years ago today, in the early hours of this July summer morning, hubby and I quietly and somewhat soberly drove the long trek to the Medical Center in Seattle where our son and dear daughter-in-law were preparing for an...

Summer of Love

It's summer here in the Pacific Northwest, and as I predicted HERE in May, my blog has taken on a new twist and schedule due to my priorities of making every moment count. I'm committed to seizing the day -...

May God Bless America, land that I love!

I'm so incredibly thankful to be an American. I try not to take my freedom for granted; I'm sobered by the fact that so many sacrificed everything that I might live my life as a citizen of the greatest nation...

Gardening a Child’s Life: harvesting the sweetest fruit on the planet!

My daughter-in-law has always had a passion for gardening. This year she’s gone all out, studying, planning and growing what’s termed a square foot garden in multiple raised boxes built by her hubby.  The more I reflect on raising my...

Father Knows Best: 4 Surprising Secrets to Raising Kids Who Have an Impact

In light of Father's Day weekend, I wanted to post this article written by my husband of 38 years, Gregory. He's a rare bird in our crazy, mixed-up world; a wholehearted, faith-filled, faithful covenant man who has weathered many storms...

Why Summer ‘School’ is for Every Kid!

Here in the USA the natives are restless in schools across the nation as they wrap up their studies this month and anticipate a lengthy summer break from the monotony of classroom routine. How we define 'school' and 'education' is...

Memorial Day in the United States of America 2018

Memorial Day is perpetually in my heart. I’m sobered by the realization that my incredible freedoms have been purchased by the blood of my fellow Americans, and I grieve for those who have been lost defending my glorious liberty. May…

What Lies Beneath

While I was doing my laundry in the basement with quarters, I buried my face in the fragrance of hubby’s clean shirts and felt thankful. At the moment, I live in a big old drafty urban apartment building. I wash...

Who Is That Little One Sleeping in His Bed?

Happy 32nd to our second born son, Benjamin! Who is that little guy sleeping in his bed? Is he a doctor, a lawyer, a CEO, a trash collector, a manager, a pastor, a landlord? Who will he become? Where will...

Live Life this Summer!

There are days when my heart is so full, it could burst. Today is one of those days. Because… I’ve been busy living life and pausing most of the rest. We live in the Pacific Northwest - good lawwwwd this...

Your Discomfort Zone – Where the Magic Happens

Yesterday I walked into the kitchen to prep my daily green smoothie. I suddenly remembered - facepalm - I was out of power greens and celery. Hmmm. I’m not easily dissuaded, so I shook down the fridge and found baby...

Parenting: The Priceless Treasure Hiding in the Everyday

Some mothers seem to sail through, knowing just what to do and when. Never obsessing about the details. Not me. I am Queen of Obsession. I can fixate on any minute detail – your choice. Just ask my kids. I’ll...