“Jammy-Pack”

My four year old told me the other day that our day was “jammy-pack”. I think he meant jam packed but I like his version better. There has been lots of busy going around here. My in-laws went on vacation for a week so we are feeding all their animals- chickens, duck, cows, dogs, cat,…

Throughout the centuries of children’s literature, one of the most beloved and most written of creatures is the humble mouse. From Aesop’s Fables, to fairy tales (how else would Cinderella get to the ball?), to modern picture books these little guys keep popping up all over the place.  Children have loved them for centuries. And…

Rain is Coming

As we went for our walk today it was just glorious. It was slightly windy with pretty leaves blowing everywhere. The air had a crisp moist smell that you know rain is coming. The bright fall colors stand in beautiful contrast to the darker blue of the clouds and sky. Brilliant colors swirl everywhere around…

Doing

“Mama…I dooooing” This is a constant refrain from my sweet girl. But it seems to be a theme for all of us around here lately- lots of “doing”. Lots of baking, playing, reading, crafting, laughing, crying, cleaning, etc. Each new day is a whirl of doing. A joyous merry go round of colors, tastes, smells,…

Crafty

I have a huge list of crafting that needs to be finished for Christmas. I am hoping I will be able to get it all done in time! This coming week will be our last week of school for the year and then we will have a break for Christmas. So, I am excited for…

A Little Bit of Everything

Today is a sunny and warm day after all of the rain yesterday. I have been so grateful for the lovely and refreshing rain and cooler temperatures (down to 22 degrees) after such a hot and dry summer. The Whole earth seems to be breathing a sigh of relief and springing back to life with…

One of my favorite times of the year is here. Besides being Christmas, I was married this month to my wonderful husband and we honeymooned in a gorgeous Swiss Chalet style bed and breakfast in Washington. All of those beautiful memories and just the joy of the Christmas season celebrating Christ spins a whole beautiful…

Koselig

Finishing an old painting, reading, knitting, and snuggling with my girlie. On a cold day like today, this is perfect. I am going to make Turkey and Wild Rice Soup and a lovely rustic bread for dinner. All of this reminded me of the Norwegian word koselig which means a sense of coziness. There was…

Life

I have a beautiful life. Truly, it is gorgeous. And not because I have a big house ( I don’t!), or lots of money (ha!- five kids), or nothing ever goes wrong. But, I am learning to appreciate the little things- the joy and delight of my precious family, the beauty and smells of the…