An abundance of good things

Looking through some photos on my computer at 12:40 on this early Saturday morning, I realize how many incredible gifts are present in every aspect of my life. Why I choose to complain, only heaven knows. Here are some of the photos. Also, for some stupid reason, I started opening a Facebook account tonight. It's... Continue Reading →

Fall cabin camping

We spent three days and nights at Afton State Park in a camper cabin. Well, actually we all spent two nights there--and then Mia and I spent the last night at my parents' house and came back to camp in the morning. Body pain from a bad mattress made that diversion necessary--but it ended up... Continue Reading →

Grand Marais, MN

The closest to heaven on earth I've been so far might be the East Bay in Grand Marais, Minnesota, where we spent a few days before the 4th of July. It's our third time staying at East Bay Suites in room 108, overlooking the incredible "sea" called Lake Superior. Situated right along the edge of... Continue Reading →

November

November is almost done and here are some things I'd like to remember: Both girls are playing guitar and enjoying their lessons with their teacher, Will King, who has been teaching Mia since she was eight years old and is truly the best teacher we we could ask for.  Mia has been playing piano and... Continue Reading →

October

We have had a beautiful October here in Minnesota with mild temperatures, just enough rain, and fall colors that will spill into November.  We even had our first snowfall. Our homeschooling has settled into its own rhythm, which involves far less structure and direction than originally planned for.  This is good. It is ok.  We're... Continue Reading →

Homeschooling has begun!

Today was our official first day of 4th and 9th grades! It was wonderful, delightful, and warmed my heart in a way I haven't felt in a long time.  I can hardly express how much I love these girls and love this new adventure we're on together.  There will probably be bumps in the road... Continue Reading →

Summer update

These are a few pictures of our summer so far. Summer is flying by. It has been wonderful so far, for the most part. Aside from my inner processing and some turmoil to sort out, it has been a relaxing and enjoyable time. We've had some good family time at the cabin and at my... Continue Reading →

Grief and joy

  Anna turned 9 years old yesterday.  The day was simple and joyful.  And thankfully, it was free from the painful sentimental feelings I normally feel on my children's birthdays. This year, Anna could choose between having a birthday party or having a weekend at a hotel with her family.  She chose the hotel, and... Continue Reading →

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