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When you’re parenting teens

This weekend I am at the Refresh adoption conference in Seattle, speaking about older child adoption and about hanging onto joy in hard times.  Here's just a taste of what I'm talking about in the older child session. ~~~~~ I started this post two and a half years ago, at which time I stared at the blank screen for a few minutes before deciding I wasn't enough of an expert … [Read More...]

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Crab Chowder recipe

Recipe: Hearty Crab Chowder

Weather around here has been lovely and spring-like, but I see that all over the U.S. much of the weather has been awful. If you're looking for a warm winter chowder, you might be interested in trying this recipe. I always use imitation crab, but of … [Read More...]

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Practical Homeschooling for Real-World Families

Practical Homeschooling for Real-World Families

Hooray! Finally, after years of living only in my head, my very first e-book is complete and officially releases on Monday. It's called Practical Homeschooling for Real-World Families and is chock full of my best tips for doable homeschooling … [Read More...]

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On my couch this week

Frugal Friday

Follow my blog with Bloglovin  It’s Frugal Friday again, time to talk about what went well (and not-so-well) in the finance department around here. This week I made a concerted effort to use what’s in the freezer. At the moment both of our outside freezers are plugged in and two thirds  full.  I’d like to […]

Ranger

Ranger

Walking up the driveway to your front door yesterday, the very first thing I spotted was your face down low, peeking through the tall narrow window next to the front door, grinning out at me with your million candle-power smile, delighted that I’d come to visit you. You, the person in the world who first […]

toddlers everywhere

Weekend happenings and book winners

Somehow I got through the weekend without ever getting to Frugal Friday.  There was a wedding in there, plus three meals where family came to visit.  Good times there.  The teens had some cousins over and they made pizza together– always fun.  We had a nice chat about wedding details with our oldest son and […]

Flowers in the redwoods

When you’re suffering

I’ve been thinking lately about the hard in life, how it lambasts you sometimes amid a stretch of tranquil days, surprising you with that ‘oh, it’s you again’ familiar misery.  How lying in the dark some nights the heart aches so hard it’s a struggle even to breathe.  There are moments you’re wild to talk […]

In Ethiopia with our two youngest daughters

Book giveaway!

I haven’t done a book giveaway for awhile, and I’m really excited about this one. The book is called More Love, Less Panic: 7 Lessons I Learned About Life, Love, and Parenting After We Adopted Our Son from Ethiopia.  Claude Knobler and his wife adopted their son  just five months after we brought our first […]

The bedroom project

during this the last week before school starts again

I can’t think of one frugal thing that I did this week. I did do a lot of other things, however. So I guess I’ll just tell you about all those things instead. Sunday was our Zeytuna’s 17th birthday party and Wednesday John and I took her out to dinner and a movie, which is […]

endless dish soap

Why Pinterest works for me

I’ve heard a lot of people groaning over Pinterest because it makes them dissatisfied with what they have.  I understand that feeling–I’m most likely to be tempted when it comes to cute clothes. But in general I use Pinterest simply as a tool.  I think it excels as a springboard for creative thinking. Whether I’m […]

Frozen Avocado

Frugal Friday: Going Green

Did you figure out what’s in the mystery photo? Read on and all will be explained.   MAKING USE OF BONES I brought home the bones from our Christmas prime rib.  They went into a big pot of water where they simmered overnight into a nice bone broth.  I then used that broth to make […]

Treasures

Looking back, looking forward

We had a lovely Christmas with our family.  With more of our kids growing up and getting married, I’m thankful for each time that we’re all able to get together.  Here are a few of the pictures we took.  Light was dim, so there’s lots of blur, but the people are cute anyway. You should […]

Request

Will you all please pray for my friend Lisa and her family? She and her husband and daughter were in a car accident on Saturday and lost their precious, much-loved daughter. She was born in Ethiopia and came home to them eight years ago. My heart breaks for them. Hug your precious ones.