Seven homemade gifts for Christmas


Celebrations

Oh me, oh my! Our homemade gift exchange brought out some delightful creativity in the family. We had homemade log cabins and furnished doll houses for little girls, wood-framed Lego baseplates for boys, gift baskets of treats, personalized T-shirts, denim blankets, wooden shelves, pretty scarves, knitted slippers, and more… Here are a few our little […]

November 15, 2014

Two experiments


Life around home

Confession: I’ve been meaning to organize the closets and corners of my house for weeks and weeks now. I kept scheduling it in my planner and it kept getting bumped. This couldn’t possibly be my fault… surely someone else is to blame? With the holidays approaching and a schedule that is unrelenting, I decided to […]

November 7, 2014

The house of tomorrow


Foster care

I always say that Ryan is the one who had fostering in his blood, not me. But tonight I remembered a poem I loved before I was married. I used to sing it to myself, because it got inside my heart and tugged. Maybe it was a premonition. I never thought so then. Foster Baby […]

October 11, 2014

The mayhem and the macabre


Life around home

We had a lot of drama this summer. You wouldn’t think it, since the walls are still standing and the sunlight is slanting gently down on the goats’ pen. But we did, in our small way. Once in our yard we found an unfortunate starling—as Dickens would say, dead as a doornail. We trust he […]

September 25, 2014

Ten tips for busy moms


Foster care, Life around home

Confession: I forgot what it was like to be a really busy mommy. I had four kids this week instead of three—the fourth a precious boy we got to parent for a week and a half. I’m probably not allowed to say more than that, and I can’t post any pictures of him here even […]

August 21, 2014

A brief emotive lexicon


Life around home

Bewildered: (adj.) The feeling I get when listening to this conversation. “Hey Kelly, can you see my head?” “No.” “Can you see my finguhs?” “No.” “Can you see my feet?” “No. Now let me ask you some questions. Can you see my arms?” “No.” “Can you see my face?” “No.” “Can you see my toes?” […]

August 14, 2014