My friend Danny makes gorgeous gourds. He’s quite talented. Many shops in our area are now displaying and selling his gourds. Danny buys ugly, dirty gourds and cleans ’em, shines ’em up, stains ’em, and believes that they can be better. And after the process is through, they are SOO lovely and unique. See for … Read More


So, I’m working on a few new disciplines. Going ok so far, but we’ll see if I can stick with it. First, I try to only go to the store (grocery) once a week. If we run out of something and we are desperate, I will go back to the store for that one item … Read More


Today was the superbowl (for those of you missionaries living in Germany that hate sports). Here in our home, football is a pretty big deal. We were trying to figure out HOW we could watch the football game with a 3 year old and a 1 year old running about. Enter our friends J & … Read More


Z while undressing getting into the tub “Mom, i need to tell you about the computer”“oh really? what about it?”“Well, there’s the screen.”“The screen? how do you know about the screen?”“And there’s a mouse.”“That’s right! There is a mouse!”“And the monitor”“Yes, there’s a monitor”“And there’s a CPU”“A CPU? HOW DO YOU KNOW ABOUT A CPU?”


We’ve been having so much fun over here these last few weeks playing with our old friend, Chalk. Z loves to practice writing his letters. So far he is writing Z, J, L, E, X, T, H, and O. Seems like he is in a learning window right now, because this normally squirly 3 year … Read More

potty question

We’ve established a pattern here folks. And we need to break this pattern. Seems like Z has an affinity for public restrooms. Anytime we go out in public, whether to Target, or dinner or the mall, he suddenly ‘needs to go to the bathroom.’ I take him, and he goes about 2 tablespoons, and spends … Read More

da weasel

da weasel

Alrighty then. Yesterday I return from my early morning walk and perched on the front porch of my house is a fluffy creature. He is sitting on his bottom like a dog waiting for a treat, and he is staring at me. (This photo isn’t him, but it is really darn close (except that this … Read More

why adopt?

The following excerpt is from the Southern Gables Church which has an adoption ministry. It is one of the things on which I am churning. Why adopt?a). adoption helps to meet the physical needs of some of the world’s most vulnerable, children;b). adoption into Christian homes places children, who might not otherwise have heard the … Read More

OK, lest you think I tortured our son into my boots, you should know that DADDY took this picture! 🙂 I am ashamed to admit how excited I am for TV to start again. Tonight begins American Idol, and though I usually start watching AI once they reach the top 10, I have little energy … Read More


WHY does she always poop during her nap?? WHY? Perhaps I am crossing a blog boundary to post about poop, but it has been nearly a week where she poops about 1.5 hrs into her 3 hr nap. (she is 20 months). She poops, then fusses for a bit, and is off and on sleeping … Read More