Monthly Archive:: November 2013

Happy Birthday, Charles Schulz!

Our boys love to watch episodes of Charlie Brown, particularly this time of year when the holiday episodes are readily available. We are happy to oblige … until I hear the almost four year old mutter, “I must be the dumbest person in the world,” as he tries (unsuccessfully) to master a new skill. But
Category: Uncategorized

{Almost} Wordless Wednesday: Alaskan Light Show

Photo credit: David Taylor Photography via Alaska Magazine I was sitting at a traffic light this morning behind a  truck that was belching exhaust. The driver had his window open and cigarette smoke wafted toward me. Somehow when those two aromas mix, my brain goes all 1984 and I’m a kid again, standing beside a
Category: Wordless Wednesday

To Know You: A Review

Book Blurb: Julia Whittaker’s rocky past yielded two daughters, both given up for adoption as infants. Now she must find them to try to save her son. Julia and Matt Whittaker’s son has beaten the odds for thirteen years only to have the odds—and his liver—crash precipitously. The only hope for his survival is a “living
Category: Book Buzz

So Many Books, So Little Time

photo credit:  Jody Hedlund via This is not my house, but a beautiful picture of my ideal reading space. Wouldn’t it be awesome? Funny thing, my husband and I owned a house for seven years with floor to ceiling built-ins. We displayed our much-loved books and other treasures. But I don’t think we actually
Category: Book Buzz

Behind The Scenes: A Season For Everything

Fall is one of my favorite seasons here. The changing colors, the crisp fall air … sunny afternoons that don’t require a jacket to play outside. Such a sharp contrast to what I’m used to in the Pacific Northwest, where fall usually means the absence of color as the rainy season starts and everything becomes
Category: Behind the Scenes

Five Minute Friday: {Truth}

They intentionally wrestle until someone cries. Then one hurls false accusations and lobbies for the other to suffer intense punishment for the ‘crime’ he committed. In five minutes, they’ve forgotten the grievous wrongs done to them and their giggling and telling jokes in the other room. They’ve morphed from BFF’s, brothers and arch enemies all
Category: Five Minute Friday

{Almost} Wordless Wednesday: Snow Capped Mountains

Photo credit: Carey Carmichael Case via Alaska Magazine This stunning shot taken near Petersburg, Alaska popped up on my Facebook feed earlier this week. Isn’t it breathtaking? I live a long, long way from the place I once called home. My chances of seeing mountains like this, especially snow-capped ones, are pretty slim. The float
Category: Wordless Wednesday

Celebrating Family Stories Month: What’s In Your Archives?

In the midst of all the other things we celebrate and pay tribute to this month, November is also known as ‘Family Stories’ Month. I suppose that means we celebrate the stories that define our families. Awareness of our genealogy and heritage is emphasized in my family, both the one that birthed me and the
Category: Motherhood