Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Book Review: For the Love

For the Love:
by Jen Hatmaker
Christian, Inspirational
I listened to the audiobook read by the author. 
You might like this book if you enjoy Mommy Blogs; inspirational, non-denominational faith-based writing; or need some encouragement. This author/blogger is really popular in her world, and you may have heard of her book Seven, in which she experimented with extreme limits on consumption. You also may have seen her series on HGTV about renovating her house.

Monday, February 08, 2016

When the Going Gets Tough

This has been a hard time for me, I'm just going to be honest. Reality sometimes overtakes my determination to make this blog about the good stuff on the other side. I'm still looking for the other side right now. While it may come dangerously close, this post is not a whine. It's processing. Better out than in.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Adventures In Other People's Children

So here I am. Back in the thick of toddler times. Remember my friend I told you about? The one living with us? While I was gone for my month of western sojourning, she brought her boys home to live at our place. Now she's back to work and I'm in charge of them. Two boys, 4 and 2 years old. I'm caring for them full time at the least until my friend figures out daycare, and at the most till next month when I travel again.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Coast to Coast: Utah-California-Maryland

After having dinner with the in-town kids, then seeing Sara off on Sunday afternoon January 3, I went over and spent a pleasant evening with Sam and Madison at their cute apartment. Late that evening, after some adventures in navigation, Sam dropped me off at the train station in Salt Lake City and I got ready for my first overnight train experience in 40 years. I had booked a sleeper compartment on the California Zephyr and I was excited!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Coast to Coast: Utah-Arizona-Utah

After our lovely white Christmas in Utah, we all went our separate ways, with Eric heading home, Jeff and Ashlyn and Johnathan and Kristen heading to California to see family there, and Sara and I departing for Arizona on the 26th. Sam and Madison stayed in Utah.

Thursday, January 07, 2016


My posts haven't had much rhyme or reason lately, and I suppose I'm still getting back in the habit of blogging here more regularly, but tonight I feel like writing. 

Friday, December 25, 2015

My 50th Christmas Dawns And I Post All the Pictures

I haven't been keeping a record of all my Christmases, so this being the 50th one isn't hugely significant, but it crossed my mind this morning as I woke early and put on some music. I am back in Utah, where I would have spent my very first Christmas, so there's a little symmetry for you, but other than that, the only thing to remark on this morning is that it's a White Christmas, which doesn't happen too often in Maryland. I woke at 6 am and heard the plows out, which means there was fresh snowfall in the night.

Monday, December 21, 2015

A Beautiful Dichotomy

Whoops, thought this posted last week. This is from early Tuesday, December 15, just before we left for Utah.

Today, my daughter and I leave for another big trip. This time last year I was gone from home for 6 weeks exactly. This time it will be a little less than that, about 28 days.

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

The Refugee Next Door

The headlines and social media feeds are again filled with outrage and outright exhaustion over this latest-to-make-the-headlines tragedy in the US. As I consider what people are upset about, it seems to be centered on the fact that the government and society as a whole haven't been able to prevent things like this from happening. I know that's a generalization, but that's what my people choose to talk about online, so that's the information I have to judge.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

The Long Journey of a Mormon Missionary

A week ago Saturday night we got an email from Evan letting us know that he would indeed be heading to Argentina on Monday. There was some question because of a glitch in his visa application, and we were prepared for the possibility of his serving in the US for about 6 weeks while his visa was sorted.  Apparently though, he needs to be in Argentina, because something that was expected to take a week to get through bureaucratic channels only took 24 hours.