Why is Jesus necessary? A reminder.

We are on our way home after a long day–a morning spent at Bible study, followed by lunch out, errands at the library and the bank, and finally, picking up my husband from work. After a quick stop at the gas station, we are a block from home.  Then I see her.

A young woman is standing on a street corner, talking on her cell phone.  At first glance, I see that she is sobbing.  A second glance takes in the blood flowing freely from her nose and mouth.  She’s been beat up. Read the rest of this entry »


How Minnesotan am I?

After having lived here for 10 or so years now, I have begun to look more like a Minnesotan, and less like a Westerner.  I was contemplating the various signs this afternoon on a walk with my family.  You be the judge: Read the rest of this entry »

When it rains….

yeah, another post in the same 24 hours….

another hilarious conversation: Read the rest of this entry »

My bi-monthly update….

Yeah, I’m getting downright regular–post once every 6-8 weeks whether you need to or not. I am just now getting over a bad case of whooping cough (yes, you can get it, even if you a)had the shot as a kid, b)are a grownup and c) have already had it twice in adulthood!) We also did the big barfy thing with one kid this week, which is always fun.

Here are some fun conversations that amused me in the last few weeks: Read the rest of this entry »

About striving, being good enough, and failing

I know, I know.  It’s been a month since I last posted.  I meant to be more regular here.  September is my crunch month, so I have a legit excuse.  Since mid August, I have:  Read the rest of this entry »

Nearly a postcard

I began the day with trepidation–how would school go, since we were running out mid-morning so I could go get my hair cut, and then someone was coming over to our house at 1 to meet with me.  Would my children turn into a pair of savage howler monkeys? Read the rest of this entry »

States I’ve visited

I found this fun website on somebody else’s blog (sorry–can’t remember now whose it was) and went right over to fill out my own map, and you can do one for yourself, too.  This gives a whole new meaning to “red states”–all of which I’ve been in (even W. Virginia, which we drove 1/2 mile into this summer and turned around, just to say we’d been there!)  You may notice some marked omissions, and some of them are intentional–if you are living in a non-red state, ask yourself if you have alligators or deadly water snakes, and you’ll know whether I skipped your state on purpose.

create your own visited states map

Our bout with chicken pox continues in its mild and unobtrusive form.  We’ll hope that nobody else gets it, because the incubation period on that would put us into some dicey time-frames, with the start of women’s Bible study, and Wednesday night groups, and such.

School continues, and looks like starting to settle down into workable routines and general contentedness amongst the studentia. Read the rest of this entry »


Ian has chicken pox. We think.

We noticed little spots on his back and bum last night, and there are more today, plus some on his arms. And he’s feeling sad and mean and grumpy and yucky. So sad. Read the rest of this entry »


Well, we’re doing school.  I still feel like I’m not really prepared, and don’t really know what I’m doing.  I’m feeling my way, trying to hit a balance between there-are-things-you-MUST-learn and what-are-you-interested-in-learning.  I’m told my my older and wiser sister who has homeschooled all 4 boys for years, that that balance becomes easier to discern, and that the parenting part gets less intensive after a few weeks.

I sure hope so.  Because my boys have been mean as snakes.  Read the rest of this entry »

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