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 »

When you don’t know what to do

I love the story in 2 Chronicles 20. Jehoshaphat is king of Judah, and he receives word that a huge and brutal army is coming to get him, and is not far away. His response: he is afraid, and so he sets his face to seek the Lord. (Right!) He proclaims a fast in all Judah. Everyone in Judah assembles in order to seek help from God. Read the rest of this entry »

Starting a new chapter

We started school today. Homeschool, that is. It was a decision that we/I came to gradually in the last few months of Tobin’s second-grade year. There wasn’t any one huge thing that prompted us to go this direction. Just a series of little niggling things that caused us to say, “We could do BETTER than this.” We could do better at P.E., at music, at science (we can do better at science than an aerospace magnet school!!!) at recess, at knowing how to deal with wiggly boys….all of that.

So today was my first day of proving that I CAN in fact do better. Read the rest of this entry »

People who bear God’s thumbprints

There are people who have the unmistakable stamp of Grace, the thumbprint of God, on their face and their life. Read the rest of this entry »

Hello world!

Yes, I’m opening another blog–jumping ship from Blogspot, which I’ve found to be clunky and not user-friendly. I’ve enjoyed blogging here with my sister about food at My Sister’s Kitchen, so here I am with my new Thumbprints blog. I’ve moved all my archives over from Blogger, so I’m all moved in. Bookmark me!


Back to a family of four

We’ve had my sister’s son Nate staying with us the last few weeks. We took him home with us after our visit in NC, and he worked with Uncle Kirk on the airplane projects. He made fittings, and did various manly things with power tools. He also made us his special fabulous chocolate cake, and a big batch of chocolate chip cookie dough, which is sitting in my freezer at home, waiting to be baked into cookies.

Tonight, I am sitting in my sister-in-law’s living room, having hugged Nate goodbye and sent him off in my brother-in-law’s plane with Scott and Kirk flying. They dropped Nate off at an airport in Indiana, where his dad was waiting for him. Kirk and Scott are back, so the nerve-buzz of having my husband gone in a small-airplane and out of contact until he lands is worn off. And I’m missing Nate. Read the rest of this entry »