Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread - Proverbs 30:8

Monday, September 29, 2014

Monday Manifesto

 Acouple years ago I ran across a list called "a parenting manifesto of joy" on Ann Voskamp's site. It's a beautiful list of essentials when it comes to parenting, and as a homeschooling mom, I desperately need to inhale and exhale and absorb this list. Each Monday, I'll be sharing each idea individually in an attempt to get myself to focus more intently on that idea during the week.

Today, I will make our home a house of prayer. I will pray at set times. And I will invite my children to come move into an interior space that lives with God.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

In My Neighborhood

taking a moment to find joy in the little things

We still have so many flowers blooming, offering plenty of beauty on my walks. And the sunsets have been stunning!

I also smile when I see frogs still hanging around my garden. Usually they hop away, but sometimes they let me take their photo.

Over the weekend my husband led a worship/prayer service in the new sanctuary at our new property. We still have quite a bit of work to do on the building until its ready, but it's fun to meet there and start using it. We rarely play together, but I joined him and played viola.

This is our local swim beach - down several feet of water due to no rain and too much sun. If you walk all the way to the rope, it comes up to your knees. Those fountains are supposed to just bubbles...not fountains! 

The reason we've had such cool sunsets is actually rather sad. There has been a nearby forest fire that (last I heard) has burnt through 4,000 acres. Sometimes the smoke is the other night when it was like a blanket above Mt. Hood. Made for a cool photo, though.

Monday, September 22, 2014


I'd like to take the opportunity to introduce you to Heather Von St. James...

Heather reached out to me recently and asked me to share her story. As I watched her video and heard her story, I was moved. 

First of all...I'd never heard of mesothelioma, but I have heard of it's cause...asbestos. I remember doing a "problem solving" project on asbestos when I was in elementary school. And back then, so many buildings we spent significant amounts of time in (like our schools) were full of asbestos. 

Secondly...her diagnosis came shortly after her daughter was born. This story tugged at my mama heartstrings.

Thirdly...if I was not aware of this type of cancer, how many others are not aware of it? How could I not share this with you?

Take a few minutes to watch this video and hear Heather share her story.

Some more links for you...

  • Heather's website - HERE
  • Mesothelioma website - HERE

September 26, 2014 is Mesothelioma Awareness Day...I urge you to join with Heather and help spread the news about the dangers of asbestos and the realities of mesothelioma.

Heather...I truly wish you and your family the best. Thank you for sharing your story with me, and educating me about this disease and its causes. Prayers for you and your family, as well as for others who are suffering from and fighting against mesothelioma....

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Goodbye Summer

taking a moment to find joy in the little things

We've still had very summery weather in these parts, but there are also obvious signs of the change in seasons all around. My garden is still beautiful and even as I walk around the neighborhood it's fun to see what's still blooming.

Over the weekend my friend, myself and my husband ran in a Cause and Event race. You get to pick your favorite cause and half of your registration $ goes toward that cause. It's no surprise that we ran on behalf of Compassion. 

That guy right there....he turned 41 over the weekend. Marrying him was one of the best decisions I made in my life! He inspires me to stay fit and he is such a strong spiritual leader in our family and in our church. He's been preaching quite a bit and is getting better and better - Sunday he knocked his sermon out of the ballpark and we all learned so much. 

So a little funny thing about the husband and I both placed in the "masters division" - that's just a nice way of saying the older people's category. If you are 40+, you are in the masters division. I guess it's one perk of turning older. He got 2nd place for the 5K and I got 3rd place for the 10k. Go old people!

Part of our homeschool experience this year is that the girls cook dinner at least one night a week. I caught Kayleigh reading her new library book while stirring the spaghetti this evening. I guess they learn to multi-task at a young age!

Our summer vacation is officially over and we are back to school this week. It's my sixth year of homeschooling and I have a 3rd grader and a 4th grader! It's going to be a fun year.

Friday, September 12, 2014


Sing, sing, sing to the Lord, 
sing, sing,sing a new song;
Sing, sing, sing to the Lord,
praise, praise, praise his name;
 proclaim his salvation day after day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous deeds among all peoples.

Psalm 96:1-2
(with some repetition thrown in there)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Back to School Vacation

While the majority of kids in our state went back to school last week, we went on vacation. That's one of the perks of can set your own schedule and travel when you want.

One of our favorite places to retreat is in central Oregon, and that's where we headed. This trip was slightly different in that we stayed in a different town and managed to find new places to hike and spend our days.

taking a moment to find joy in the little things

view of Mt. Bachelor from Tumalo Mountain. 

looking at South Sister (to the left) and Broken Top (on the right) from Tumalo Mountain

South Sister at Sparks Lake

Blazing Star wildflower

Sunset over the Cascades as seen from Pilot Butte

Smith Rock state park

Broken Top (we hiked up to the glacier)

the view from the glacier - looking down on Mt. Bachelor

South Sister, Broken Top and Mt. Bachelor from Crane Prairie Resevoir

Most encounters with live creatures make us happy and these birds were fun to feed. 

Rock climbing at Smith Rock

camping and eating camp food

pointing out certain Cascade peaks while watching the sun set at Pilot Butte (she's pointing to Mt. Hood)

making it to the glacier at Broken Top

fun at Sparks Lake

finding a "bed" in the rock

a snow patch that slightly resembles the USA in the caldera at Broken Top

People who are really into rock climbing and aren't afraid of heights tend to be a bit crazy. And Smith Rock state park lends itself to people doing crazy things. As we were climbing a fairly short and easy wall, we looked behind us, across the valley and saw these guys walking this slack line. Just watching them was freaking me out. The first guy crossed twice and didn't fall at all. 

The second guy had a rougher time and fell 5 or 6 times each time he crossed. He would just fall, roll over and pop back up. Crazy.

And when you are camping, nothing makes freeze dried food better than a good bottle of wine!

camping essentials....water, coffee and wine