Beyond the Pacifier…

We dropped TV shortly after our first baby was born. Several kids and 23 yrs later we still don’t miss it!  I was recently asked by a follower on Facebook, “How did you juggle it all without a distraction for them? Tips would be so appreciated! I hate relying on TV, even good shows….”  Below

Lessons from Teenagers

Today I am thankful for the humility that comes from living with teenagers who, on a rotating and almost daily basis, feel the need to make me aware of my every fault, as teenagers do. There is a certain quality I like about it…humility…so why not be thankful for it and embrace it fully? We… Continue reading Lessons from Teenagers

Notes on Breastfeeding

The key to breast feeding (and I’ve raised 6…all breastfed for just under/over the 2 yr. mark) is getting enough rest, plenty of dietary fats (yes I mean butter, whole milk, cream, and now I’d add coconut oil to that list), established support from a La Leche league advisor, and a sunny disposition. It worked… Continue reading Notes on Breastfeeding

Fire at Night~

It’s the best of times and the worst of times…isn’t that the way it goes?  Since we’ve cut back on expenses at home, we’ve taken up pastimes like gardening and board games again. What a transition to go from American Idol to Pictionary with three teens in the house!  It does my heart so much good just to… Continue reading Fire at Night~

All things in Moderation~

So I’ve got teenagers at home, and as you might have gathered… I love dancing to all their different genres of music, baking and harmonizing with my daughter (as loud as the neighbors can stand it) to Pandora, have once owned an espresso shop/bakery, spend tons of time in my garden (weather prevailing), am a dedicated writer/photographer, and… Continue reading All things in Moderation~

Break’s over!

“Just get moving again!” That’s the advice I gotfrom my doctor. So it was with great determination that I scooted back home to unveil the Nordictrack that had become buried behind boxes of Christmas decor waiting to be shelved in the attic. So there it was: the answer to all my problems! Right? Wrong. After… Continue reading Break’s over!

Springtime in Oregon~

We see lots of them…rainbows aren’t uncommon in Oregon. That shimmery gladness of hovering lights arched gracefully over a cloud-covered sky and carrying with it the promise of hope.   Hope of a break  in the clouds after days–even weeks–filled with steady rain showers.   Hope of sunshine that holds us breathless in its embrace for a moment before it disappears again behind the ensuing… Continue reading Springtime in Oregon~