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 ∞
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
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
What a great evening…only in Astoria! 4:55 My husband and I drop in on a friend who’ s heading up the kitchen tonight at the Event Center. Suddenly we are taking in a private demonstration on how to cut a top-sirloin roast into steaks just by chance — all while putting down a pint of… Continue reading In My Home Town
Mornings can be chaotic at our house during the school year, so it is with great relief that we welcome its end. We so look forward to this time of year when the family can be at ease during these precious morning hours again. The contrast is notable, like chaos is to chamomile. On just… Continue reading Chaos and Chammomile
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~
I love to sit next to the fireplace this time of year…it warms my feet and soothes my soul like none other. Few things in life that connect with the soul like a fire. I find that the sound of the ocean is as soothing, as is a steamy hot sauna with the scent of birch. … Continue reading Sauna in a Cup!
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~
“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!
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~