Calm in My Chaos

With Copper working a crazy amount of overtime, and baseball practices ramping up in preparation for the start of the season, life in my house has become busier than normal. Toss in the daily requirements of running a homeschooling household and keeping our orchards, vineyards, berries, etc. irrigated during this dry winter, and […]

It’s Not Always Exciting

Today was a puttering kind of day. No big, exciting projects were undertaken. No earth-shaking cooking going on. Today was a day to just tend to the everyday things that not only make a house a home, but help keep it that way.

The daily chores and all of the weekly chores for […]

Copper’s Day Off (or Not) – President’s Day Edition


Since today was a holiday, Will’s coach called a preseason practice for any of the kids who could make it out for the afternoon. I’m thankful for dedicated coaches who are focused on skill development and safety and who give up their own holidays to work with the kids.

Good […]

Menu for the Week

Last week I featured three recipes from SOS! The Six O’Clock Scramble to the Rescue. The Tortellini Soup has been a favorite since I made it the first time more than a year ago. The Panko Peanut Crusted Pork Chops were new to us, but they were absolutely delicious. The third recipe, the Cassoulet, was […]

The Saturday Acrostic – February 18, 2012

The S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y Acrostic.

The week as captured in eight photos and eight words, in an acrostic format.











Commonsensical Wisdom

I’ve always enjoyed Nancy Wilson’s writing. I’m a somewhat consistent reader of her blog, and I’ve also enjoyed several of her books, including Building Her House: Commonsensical Wisdom for Christian Women. Mrs. Wilson writes with the kindness, yet firmness, of a wise older friend. The book’s promise to deliver “commonsensical wisdom” is fulfilled.

The Promise of Summer in the Heart of Winter

I didn’t grow up knowing about gardening and growing food. My parents were both adults during The Great Depression, and my mom was raised as the daughter of a farmer who never owned his own land. The idea of having to garden, or grow your own food out of necessity, was something they never wanted […]

Copper’s Day Off – Guardrails Edition

We began building a few new guardrails in our home today, and rebuilding some that have fallen into disrepair.

Guardrails = A system to keep vehicles from straying into dangerous or off limits areas (from a sermon series at church)

I like the visual that definition provides.

Photo by Scott Patterson/courtesy […]

Quick & Easy (Mostly) Menu Plan

We’re ramping up for the start of baseball season. This is the first time, ever, that I’ve had a child participating in team sports. Our weekday evenings will be busy with practices and games, but I want to preserve the family dinner hour as many nights a week as possible. To make that happen, it’s […]

Saturday Acrostic – February 11, 2012

The S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y Acrostic.

The week as captured in eight photos and eight words, in an acrostic format.