For This Fall: What the Squirrel Doesn’t Know

A thud near my head stirred me from sleep. The stirring wasn’t difficult. I was on the ground. We were camping, tucked away in a tent that hadn’t been warmed by the sun since we last slept in it in the back yard seven summers before. We weren’t in the back yard that morning. Back yards have more grass. We were in South Dakota, in a Custer State Park campground, on packed earth. Packed earth does not forgive, not an aging body, and not whatever was landing on it that morning. The thuds were frequent but irregular, like the early {Continue Reading}

For This October: Too Fast of Speed

Calling my husband’s family a water-sport loving family is like calling the arctic North, chilly. They’re hardcore. He grew up on skis. He also grew up clinging to his dad’s shoulders as his dad perched on a chair which was balanced precariously on a plywood disk (the “saucer”) as it skimmed across the water behind a boat. Skis? Normal. Saucer? Oh my. My son, who has thus far been spared the ski-on-pop-on-a-chair-on-a-wooden-disk circus trick, did spend the young years watching every wakeboarding move made by his grandpa, his dad, and his uncle. They were – and are – pretty good. Back when {Continue Reading}

28 Days on the Road: Some Things I Learned

Today I’ll be linking up with Emily at Chatting at the Sky, sharing what we’ve learned over the past month, specifically what I learned during twenty-eight days on the road. Eight of those days I spent with my dad and the rest with my husband and children. Dad and I hiked and camped and attended a nature writing class together in Yellowstone. I was home for only one day before getting back on the road, taking I-90 again to Rapid City, where my husband worked for two and a half weeks. The kids and I went along to keep him company. {Continue Reading}

For This Week

If the road you walk this week narrows, if life rises around you and you find yourself in over your head, may you know that you are not alone. The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Deuteronomy 31:8 {Continue Reading}

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If the road you walk this week narrows, if life rises around you and you find yourself in over your head, may you know that you are not alone.

The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Deuteronomy 31:8

For This July: Lifelong Learning

A few months ago, Emily at Chatting at the Sky wrote a post about what she had learned during the previous month. Her list was filled with the serious and the lighthearted and it made me wonder what, if anything, I was learning. By the end of the day, I had my own list and have made one each month since. The learning continues. This month, Emily invited her readers to share their lists. Here are 5 things I learned this June: 1. Five chords: E, E minor, G, D, C. I am learning to play the guitar. For much {Continue Reading}

For This New Year

Last January it occurred to me that I was without focus so I decided it was time to set some goals and get myself back on track. I stuck with this quest for about a month before my enthusiasm waned and it all got set aside. I told myself that things had just gotten really busy. In early November I asked my husband about dreams. His. Mine. Ours. It was a disheartening conversation. Neither of us could come up with much. I had vague memories of having dreams and silly things that I wanted to do someday. Today it might {Continue Reading}