Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Joy Warrior

This encouraged my heart like nothing has for a long time. Hope it does the same for you.

Make sure you watch the video.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Billy Scott Meyerhoff

Introducing the newest member of the family. We have been considering a dog for awhile. We felt it would be a good thing for Isaac. We didn't expect to find ourselves with the blessing that this dog has become to us. Billy is a one year old yellow lab. He was raised from a pup by my brother and sister law. When they got Billy my BIL worked from home and was with him all the time. Recently his job changed and Billy was spending tons of time alone. So they, out of love for Billy made the difficult decision to find him a new home where someone would be home during the day. We had just started looking at rescue dogs the week before they shared that they were looking for a new home for Billy. 

We are still in the midst of transitioning. He came to us and then a week later we had him neutered. Poor buddy does no like the cone of shame and is still a bit of a pup with high energy. Keeping Billy quiet for 7-10 days has come with some difficulty. We are almost out of the woods. The time my kids spend caring for and playing with him is priceless. The responsibility they are learning is invaluable. Isaac has more fun doing ANYTHING if the dog is with him, including school work. Eli was terrified of him two weeks ago and as you can see below has overcome his fear. We are smitten and looking forward to all the big long trail walks and all the playtime to come once the healing is done. 

We are grateful for how all this came together. I do feel for my poor nieces who had to give up their much beloved dog. At least they will still see him from time to time and get to spend Christmas with him (and us). Their sacrifice does not go unnoticed. 

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Good Reads

Spent a good portion of yesterday reading these books to Eli. These are some of our favs for the younger crowd. It always amazes me how the olders drift over when I start reading them to little man. They announce very clearly they are fine not joining us but still get drawn in as the stories unfold. 

That is what good literature does to us all. 

Monday, February 03, 2014

Computer Craziness

I was hoping to be writing more but our Mac desktop is in the shop. So much for the amazing Mac. This is the 3rd time since we bought it.  My old PC is on the fritz. It is 7 years old. Can you see why I am torn over what we should buy to replace it?  

We do have an i-pad but I don't care for touch screen typing. It is also in high demand by everyone especially with the other computers down for the count. I feel like we live in extravegance with one i-pad, one Mac and one PC. Most of my friends have an i-pad per person and laptops plus i-phones. I do not even have a data plan on my phone and love it that way. I have just recently discovered texting and feel no shame what-so-ever.

Anyway just thought I would pop in and give an update. Not even sure anyone even reads here anymore. Is anybody out there...........

I leave you these recent pics of a trail walk. 

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Here We Go!

I have much on my heart and mind to share after such a quiet time. I am only struggling to know where to begin. Things have happened in the last few years that have changed how I think and have painted the world in different colors. Some of them will come out here and some of them won't ever. I keep asking myself why I am coming back here to write. My greatest hope is that some how our story will be of some encouragment to someone. Secondly, my love of writing. I as well, have come to love and enjoy a small group of women in the online world that inspire and encourage me in a way that I have yet to find in real life. This could be due to the fact that I find words on a page more penetrating then conversation much of the time.

Speaking of words, I love them. Putting letters together to make meaning, then adding that individual definition together to make long thoughts and descriptions is a joy. Writing is like painting emotions and ideas on a canvas. There is also power in placing letters in sequence together. I think of God and him being the word and speaking the word. Words are penetrating, beautiful and a means into a persons mind and heart. They are a treasure. Not that I am expecting anyone to treasure my words but I very much enjoy the exchange of them. I treasure the places they can take me, either into a persons heart and story or to a place or idea I have never ventured. 

TOGETHER, my word for this year has been swimmming around my head for weeks. This is no small task for me. I tend toward being very independent and love doing my own thing. My oldest child is similar. Then we have my introvert husband, the out of the box middle guy and my very extroverted talkative five year old. Little man is the one who says I just want someone in the room when I play...even if you aren't engaging with him. I honestly find the homeschool lifestlye we live very intense in this area. I like quiet and peace. I am a home body and not a big social butterfly. Our mix makes TOGETHER intersting at times. Don't get me wrong, I love homeschooling (most of the time) but like I said it can get intense. I have a child who struggles socially and academically so togetherness is sometimes the last thing I am interested in being. Just keeping it real.

This particular word came about based on some things I was reading coupled with a realization that our family was its own small community first before any other. We have been a family who has in the past spent much of our time serving the church, being there for pretty much everything all while my husband communted into a major city everyday for work. Add in a few activties for the kids and you have a big family scatter even though we homeschool. You see, I had certain ideas about how the good Christian lived life, much of this was taught or insinuated through the group of churches we were apart. Some of which now I see as unhealthy. I am beginning to see community through a different lens.  Though I do believe in being involved in the local church we feel we needed to make some changes. Changes where we as a family, together live and move in our local community. This one is a big change for us. I hope to talk more about it at another time.

The other areas of TOGETHER that we are working on is current culture and the idea of hard work. The way our culture is headed, further and further away from real conversation, real connection face to face, personal responsibility and others orientation......the further I want to wade upstream. No one is going to teach these kids to navigate the world besides us, their parents. Being together during these crucial years is a responsibility we see more clearly now. We want our family culture to be about real conversation, face to face contact, integrity, getting outside of buildings and away from activties. Let us not forget some good ole' hard work as well. There is also how the choices we make effect the world we live in and the food we eat. This is a whole post of its own.

Honestly, I am intimidated by many of the changes we are looking to make. I have sat by and not moved forward mainly because I am a chicken. I feel like a fish out of water living on the outskirts of a major city. I like simple, slow and purposeful. I am a misfit here. I can either think that and wish it were different or I can live differently right where I am. I am voting for the "live different where I am" part while I shake in my boots. 

We are starting by getting outside together no matter the weather. 

We are planning our garden for the spring. Our desire is to have someone plant with us who doesn't have a yard. For our suburb, we have a big one. Can atleast one thing this year, maybe more :)

Teach the kids some survival skills this summer. The kids planning and building a fort in the back yard. 

All the kids  becoming part of what is happening in the kitchen. 

There are more goals but we will start here. 

Thursday, January 09, 2014


The New Year has rounded the corner. I find I am several steps behind these days. Not behind for me but behind the times. I take things in slower then I used to. I also take in more then I used to. That is one thing I plan to change this year. When I am only an observer or consumer of words and ideas I start to shrivel up. I need to write in some form, to give out or I don't feel myself.

As is my habit, I have a word for this new year. It was easy and obvious this time, where as some years it has not been so clear. 


This past year I have felt pulled in many different directions. I have let some of our foundational priorities get usurped by busy, crisis, fear and discouragement. It is a new day (year) ya"ll! I hope to talk more about this in time. 

Our goals this year are to 

Work together
Play together
Cook together
Learn together
Serve together
Dream together

I allowed myself to get into a place where I was surviving and tending to do everything myself in our family life. I stopped teaching through living with my kids in many of these areas. We would talk about wanting to do XYZ but never actually plan and do it. I have 
shooed my kids from the kitchen because it IS easier. We all know that. But easy isn't always best. There are ways I want to live and I have made excuses because I feel like such a weirdo half the time in our modern culture. We are thinking on some bigger scale changes but mostly just living purposely and different in the everyday choices

Below are my goals and the places I want to spend my time in this coming year. This is the front panel of my journal. I had a nifty little list of all these on paper and then I came across this creative idea through my friend Tonia. So though the words are mine I was planning on using a boring list until I was inpsired. I think this is much better, don't you?

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Off to visit family and friends. Thankful for this time to slow down and simply be together as a family. 

Merry Christmas and see you in the New Year!