Net Nap Time

August 17, 2015 · 7 comments

I’m sitting here on the bed with a baby playing nearby. She’s laughing when I look at her and sucking her thumb when I’m not. I’m not looking at her much at the moment. My fingers are on the keyboard and my eyes are on the screen. I’ve done a lot of blogging with babies nearby, about 8 years worth.

 

(pause to put baby to bed….)

 

So I’m sitting here thinking I need a break. It feels right to take one, anyway, now with my book released. All these years of blogging, all these posts relating different areas in which I endeavor to be present in my life, and here I am full circle thinking…maybe my blog needs a nap. The archives are full, however, so you may not even notice my absence if you want to go back and catch up. I do plan to keep podcasting as long as my husband wants to do that, so those will show up here. Like I said, a blog nap. Not a hibernation :)

 

I’ve been pondering all of the things I want to do this upcoming fall, and I finally made a list. Everything on this list is fodder for photographs and blog posts. I’m even tempted to give you the list! I guess I’m ready to be released from that for a while, and just do the thing or another, sharing with friends and family in person or in letters. I consider many of you, my readers, friends. I want to write you letters, too. That project is coming…and I will pop in here and let you know how and when and so forth. Plus I need to tell you when the audiobook is released! (Soon!)

 

One thing I definitely want to do is go through the Present Journal! It’s now available!

 

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The “look inside” feature on Amazon isn’t very good (we didn’t get to choose what to show or not). For a better look, and for some sample pages, click here and scroll down to the Journal. I love this Journal! It’s full of good questions that will help anyone serious about pondering their own Present Life to think, plan, dream and work towards a more meaningful and joy filled life. I really believe this. The book, Present, was about my own journey. The Present Journal will be about yours. Plus the paper feels good to write on. Plus my doodles decorate the pages. If *I* can doodle silly little drawings, so can YOU.

 

You can pick up a copy of the Journal here. I would love to hear how it goes for you!

 

May you be blessed, my friends, in your many endeavors to be fully attentive to the life you are in.

 

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Seaweed Experience

August 12, 2015 · 6 comments

I admit it felt a little like running away. But I was very excited about learning from Ryan Drum and spending time gaining some knowledge and experience in all things seaweed. My eldest daughter came along for the weekend, under the guise of “help me with the baby”. Truthfully, it was more like, “This is gonna be SO! COOL! Wanna come?!” So we headed out while it was dark and met the first ferry at sunrise. It was beautiful, of course. Sunrises usually are.

 

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After seven more hours of travel (by car, by foot, by another ferry…) we spent four hours in classroom time, the “classroom” a large field adjacent to a dairy goat farm on Lopez Island. The sun was lazy, the shade welcome, and Poppy slept through it all in the middle of us, splayed onto a beach towel. We students were attentive and crosslegged in a meandering circle, trying to keep up with Dr. Drum’s sharp puns upon puns (upon puns…). I asked some questions. They were probably dumb. But then I was proud of myself for the bravery. You know…brave enough to ask the dumb questions.

 

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One evening, we took an herb walk and ended up on top of a hill that overlooked the water, other islands, dusky sky. The air was full of bromine and I just wanted to bottle it up and take it all home and smell it over and over and over. I didn’t miss my computer or my cell phone or the internet at all. What I really wanted at that moment wasn’t Verizon; it was a kayak!

 

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Harvesting seaweeds was such a delight. So many kinds! They were set to dry on top of sheets, or hung from the canopies. It was a little odd, smelling so much sea salt in the air…while in a dry grassy field. We met many wonderful herbalists and botanists and just-interested-in-seaweeds-ists. I like to think I made some new friends.

 

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Our last meal was ah-ma-zing. We all worked together and made seaweed culinary masterpieces. Superhero popcorn with kale and kelp and nettles and more. Nori wrapped salmon. Potatoes with sea lettuce, and sweet bull kelp pickles, and sea lettuce miso soup, and more. Needless to say, my family is eating seaweeds in just about everything these days! Did you know that ALL essential minerals are provided by dietary seaweeds?

 

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I know what some of you are thinking. I could never do something like that…I don’t have the time…I’m too busy teaching my kids math to learn anything new for myself… 

 

If that’s you, please go read this post: Moms Need to Keep Learning, Too. Read the comments, too. Then, maybe grab a journal and scribble down a dozen or so things you’re interested in, you’re curious about. You never know…you may end up one weekend on an experience of your own.

 

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P.S. If you’ve been waiting, Present is now available on Kindle. Take it with you on your time away :)

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Blessings,

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Present: How We (YOU!) Did

August 5, 2015

Well, it is beyond humbling. Tom called me throughout the day to update me on how the book was doing and at one point I actually started to cry! You all are so amazing, so supportive of our family. I can’t thank you nearly enough–not only for buying my book, but for the sweet notes […]


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Official PRESENT Launch …TODAY!

August 4, 2015

It’s finally here! Head on over to Amazon.com, for our August 4th Launch Day Promotion. Simply purchase the book (on sale!), and then email the receipt to Kerimae AT ahappyhomemedia DOT com. We’ll send you the freebies: 1. You’ll get a PDF version of the eJOURNAL, FREE 2. You’ll get a PDF version of the […]


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Standby — PRESENT Book Launch Tomorrow

August 3, 2015
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Podcast: Play in new window | Download My husband is having way too much fun with this book launch. I’m currently on an island in the Pacific Northwest harvesting and drying seaweed for medicinal and culinary purposes (doesn’t that sound like I’M having way MORE fun?) so Tom’s been playing with Photoshop I’m looking forward […]


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An Interview With…Me

July 29, 2015
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Podcast: Play in new window | Download For this episode, Tom put ME in the hot seat for an interview about the book, Present. I had no idea what he was going to ask! But we once again put the kids outside to play and paused for passing Harleys so that we could do this […]


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Present: It’s HERE!

July 25, 2015

  YES!! It’s FINALLY HERE! WOO HOOOOO!!! I’m so excited about this message. We’re so distracted and busy about so many things that aren’t what we REALLY want our lives to be about. For me, the Internet was a challenge–to say the least–and I had to walk away from blogging for a short season in […]


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Present: Where’s the Book?

July 24, 2015

It’s almost here! No…really…   We just finished recording and producing the audiobook, which was like running a marathon and then running another marathon. The big launch day is coming up fast and you’re going to be so happy you waited for it. We’ll have a GREAT one-day sale that will have extras attached as […]


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Are You Ready to Die?

July 22, 2015

  Am I ready to die? Five days later, that is the only thing that I have really pondered about this accident.   And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment…(Hebrews 9:27)   I had arrived home from an afternoon out with my children and some of their […]


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On Using Planners for Slow School

July 16, 2015

  It’s nice to *meet* all of my new readers who came to peek in on our Slow School. Welcome :). But, I have to admit I was a bit befuddled by all of the attention. Are you all just homeschool-exhausted? If so, I think it is good to think of the end in mind. […]


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Slow School

July 10, 2015

  While I was pregnant last fall, I had a woman ask about the number of children I had, and my age. I told her (smile). She shook her head when she inquired about homeschooling, proceeded to lament her teen son’s apparent lack of educational ambitions, and then said, and I quote, “If I were […]


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The Power of the Pause

July 6, 2015

We’ve been in our downsized home for a year now. I am STILL crawling through all of our belongings, weeding out what we no longer need, use or want. It’s about embarrassing, is what. I am so tired of the clutter, even just the eyeball and mental clutter of seeing it all and having to […]


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Trusting God…Even When It’s Uncomfortable

June 22, 2015
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Podcast: Play in new window | Download You never know what you’re going to find when you’re decluttering! Here is a talk that my husband gave to some men at our church, back when we were in the McMansion, a year and a half in…and waiting for baby #5. Very interesting to hear where we […]


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On Pacing Yourself

June 20, 2015

The folks at Backwoods Home Magazine were very sweet. I sent them a change of address and casually mentioned that I was bummed to be starting over. Well, the editor wrote me a very nice note and sent me Jackie Clay’s book, titled Starting Over. I’ve never met Mrs. Clay but I have loved learning […]


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Slow Bread

June 8, 2015

I’m one of the many people interested in slowing down the pace of their lives. If I were walking around and literally following Jesus while he was going from place to place teaching, he wouldn’t be asking me to hurry and keep up. Oh no, rather, he’d be constantly saying, “Whoa, Keri Mae! Not so […]


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What To Do When Your Computer Dies

June 5, 2015

Sometimes things that seem unrelated aren’t really at all. For example:   1. My computer died. 2. I braided my hair.   I’m having a hard time blogging lately, and it is precisely because my computer died. All of the systems I had in place to make blogging easier, faster and more fun are all […]


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Heaviness and Holiness

May 24, 2015

  I don’t watch the news, and I rarely listen to talk radio. I appreciate maintaining my blood pressure at a sane level. I also recognize that knowledge of the daily reports doesn’t necessarily further my peace or help me to better my life or the lives of my household, but rather feeds fear, mistrust, […]


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Large Families Living in Small Houses

May 18, 2015
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Podcast: Play in new window | Download The decluttering continues! Let me tell you, this is not a job for wimps, but if you can whimper your way through it (like me!), you might find yourself gaining energy and excitement as areas become cleaner, clearer and more conducive to pleasant living. I know that this […]


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Mission: Get Rid of Paper

May 12, 2015

That is my current downsizing focus right now: PAPER. Papers on my desk top, papers on my kitchen counters and in their drawers. Papers “organized” into notebooks, papers filed into folders, papers sticking out of books. Magazine clippings, recipe print-outs, sticky notes, scrap paper and of course the ever-growing, ever constant PILES of papers in […]


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How Much Time Does Downsizing Take?

May 6, 2015

How much time does downsizing take? More than you think. Or maybe I’m that slow. Something I read told me to expect at least six months to get through it all. I remember that I laughed at that. Right. I’m at least two years in.   I began downsizing years ago. Clothes, toys, books. Slowly, […]


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Plant a Little Something

April 28, 2015

Such terrible things going on these days. Earthquakes, riots, illness, and on it goes. I know all of creation groans under the curse of sin, and sometimes I know we feel that groan in our spirits, too. I’m thankful I got to garden yesterday, to think about lovely things in front of me.   A […]


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The Waiting Time

April 16, 2015

Our happiness or lack thereof is often nothing more than a manifestation of our expectations. Ben Hewitt   The cursor blinks at me. I sift through the thoughts in my head and come up with nothing. If I let them settle, wandering thoughts float to the top but feel like chaff. And the heavy things […]


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The Important Work

April 12, 2015

  There’s a lull and it will be so for maybe 15 minutes if I am lucky. All I can hear is the drip-drip-drip from the kitchen faucet (on the list of fixes to do) and most of the children are playing outside while the sweet potatoes are roasting in the oven. Baby is finally […]


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Coming Summer 2015!

April 6, 2015

  Readers of my blog know how much of a struggle it is for me to pay attention to real life, to struggle through the endless distractions of things that are not eternally important. For me, the internet is a web indeed, and many of you remember when I deleted the first A Happy Home […]


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A Downsizing Tip: Consolidate

March 31, 2015

When nothing is sure, everything is possible. Margaret Drabble   Downsizing isn’t finished around here and has become more difficult. What to keep? What to get rid of? I crave the space but cling to the craziest things…like my lesson plan books I used when I was teaching 17+ years ago! But they were so […]


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Gaining Clarity on What REALLY Matters: Kelly’s Tornado

March 26, 2015
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Podcast: Play in new window | Download Attribution: Justin1569 at en.wikipedia You really never know what a day is going to bring when you wake up in the morning. Listen to Kelly’s amazing story of survival and faith, and be encouraged to get your physical AND spiritual house in order as well. Are you ready for YOUR […]


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Down Syndrome and Happiness

March 20, 2015

  I awaken to the sounds of purposeful thumping down the stairs and loud “AAAWK”s.   Ruby.   I overslept again. It’s easy to do. Once Ruby and my 2yo are in bed, it’s a quiet couple of hours of almost uninterrupted painting, chatting with my older children,or sewing. My eyes tend to wane before […]


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How To Make a Happy Home When Home is Not What You Want

March 18, 2015

Dear Friend,   You’ve been much on my mind since receiving this question via the Google search you embarked upon. I admit my initial response was confusion. How could anyone not want home? But as I pondered it further, I came to respect your honesty.   Especially in Christian circles, home is where we as […]


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Beginner Art Journaling (Again)

March 16, 2015

Do you like journaling? I love it! I’ve been keeping a diary of some sort since I was 13, and I’ve been very smitten the last couple of years with ART journaling. Words AND paint! Yes! This is my desk, with my current art journal smack in the middle. I’m using a Hand Book Artist Journal, […]


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Motivation in Downsizing

March 13, 2015

My motivation is waning.   I still need to downsize, to simplify. I feel like I’m sleeping in a closet, and my eyes have nowhere to rest because there is clutter on every horizontal surface. Too much furniture, too many toys, too much stuff…and all of it breeds dust bunnies and invites even more complication […]


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Love for Poppy, Another Sister With Down Syndrome

March 9, 2015

I posted this photo on Twitter, so forgive me for reposting it here if you’ve seen it already. I heard Poppy crying and went to see her. Halfway to the bedroom door, it suddenly became very quiet. Hm…   So, I peeked in the door and this is what I saw. It was hard to […]


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Waking Up…I Think…

March 6, 2015

So the daffodils are blooming and I remember planting them right before Poppy was born, knowing (hoping) that I would show them to her in the early spring. It would be, I hoped, a signal that it was time to come out of my winter sabbath. I think I’m ready. I already have the doors […]


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Go Take a Hike

February 25, 2015

Have you been outside lately? I don’t mean the ten minutes it takes you to get into your car or to gather advertisements from the mailbox. I mean, have you gone outside to take a walk, to look at the rain (or snow) drip from the tree branches, to watch a bird or two? Have […]


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Using a Bread Bucket: Slow Bread By Hand

February 24, 2015

I first heard of using a bread bucket about a year ago, and was on the lookout for one instantly. I love it! I can mix the dough for four loaves of bread easily, something my Kitchen Aid can’t do very well due to the smaller size of the bowl. Besides, it gives my toddlers […]


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Doubling Down For Him: Down Syndrome Times Two–Poppy’s Story

February 9, 2015
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Podcast: Play in new window | Download   Here is the long-awaited Poppy Podcast! Listen in as we talk about her birth, the trials, our responses, and our Hope.     Here is the story about Leo. Here is his gofundme page to bring Leo home. Welcome to Holland essay Mark’s blog post: No Accident–God’s […]


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What Living in a Downsized Home is Really Like

February 4, 2015

Living in close quarters   Six months in, and I’m beginning to sense that my “winter sabbath” is going to need to be much longer. I’m trying to rest and regain my bearings, but it has been hard. Here are my most difficult challenges thus far. Feel free to skip the downers if you’d like! […]


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Owning a Livestock Guardian Dog

January 28, 2015

  We’ve owned our Maremma Sheepdog since he was a puppy, born 5 1/2 years ago. He has been a good dog, and a worthy investment for our family. Today he got into a rather loud and angry fight with two dogs that ignored his warnings to stay off our property. The dogs’ owner lazily […]


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The Only Promise in Decision Making

January 26, 2015

We’ve been here six months now and we are still getting settled into our downsized home. Today we created a list of things we still needed to do around here: updating the septic system (to get water out), reviewing and probably replacing the water pump (to get water in), and so forth. And so on. […]


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Follow Your Own Tempo: Quick Granola and Slow Coffee

January 20, 2015

Do you like homemade granola? I do, but I can’t seem to find time to make it. The bowls, the pans, the stirring, the oven…blah. Half the time I make a mess in the oven as granola spills when I try to stir it up. So now I make up a batch of quick granola, […]


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Are You Convicted? Or Are You Shamed?

January 12, 2015

So you have failed? You cannot fail.  You have not failed; you have gained experience.  Forward!  Saint Josemaria Escriva One evening our family heard a talk that had in the midst of it the importance of naming your children at birth correctly. This was important because the name chosen sets into motion the vision for […]


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Downsizing Our Home, Upsizing Our Family Part 5

January 5, 2015
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Podcast: Play in new window | Download The big willow that broke and came down.   It was a big mess.   Thankful for friends with chainsaws. Join us for our last installment of this series on downsizing our home and upsizing our family (at the same time!).   This is the book that I […]


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Merry Christmas

December 25, 2014

  John 3:16   For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Love came down at Christmas, Love all lovely, love divine; Love was born at Christmas, Star and angels gave the sign. May your joy be full!


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Bedroom Tour

December 24, 2014

We’ve been settling in with Baby after getting permission to remove her from supplemental oxygen, and I’ve been resting a great deal. I’m happy to report that this has not been a hurried Christmas season but a rather relaxed and enjoyable one. I’m thankful for internet shopping   But I’d had enough of resting in a […]


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Reality and Rest

November 21, 2014

After five days, we were given the option of taking Poppy home on a supplemental oxygen unit and decided we could do that. What a blessing! We had stayed in the hospital with Ruby for ten days waiting for her to wean off the oxygen. For Poppy, no waiting, just the opportunity to go home. […]


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Ruby Has a Pal for Life

November 15, 2014

If you want the ending of the matter immediately: all is currently well. If you want the story: keep reading. We had a wonderful home birth three days ago, despite being eleven days past the due date. Overall, I think that despite the insanity of the past year with downsizing our home (are you listening […]


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Past Due Date

November 6, 2014

Well, it’s no surprise to anyone, least of all to me, that I am past my due date to have Baby. When I started blogging in 2006, it was while I was awaiting another baby, past his due date as well. I ended up waiting for him 18 days. I hope not to have a […]


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Downsizing Our Home, Upsizing Our Family, Part 4

October 29, 2014
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Podcast: Play in new window | Download The adventures continue! This is half of the very large willow tree that gave our front yard such ample shade this last summer. It came down during the night during a wind storm, and we were all very, very thankful it didn’t fall upon the house. It did […]


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Settling In

October 9, 2014

I still feel like I’m running, but now it feels more like running out of time. I’m a few weeks away from babyhood showing up and I am still working on schoolwork deadlines (I’ll share more about that later). Meanwhile, we closed on our old house, which to be truthful felt a little disorienting but […]


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Not in the Way You Might Desire

September 18, 2014

We’ve been talking as a family about how God always answers our prayers, but sometimes it’s “not in the way you might desire.” For example, a gentleman might pray for more time to spend with his family…and the Lord might allow him to face an injury that keeps him from going to work. In our […]


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Downsized Dining Tour

September 9, 2014

First of all, thank you for not only the comments, but for the ones for my eyes only, and for the emails, and for snail mail. Sometimes I am really slow in responding, but, Lord willing, I will get there.   I’m not in the “nesting” stage yet but I sense it coming. I’m still […]


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Downsized Kitchen Tour

September 1, 2014

Welcome to my new, downsized home. Not everything is in place, not every box is unpacked, and certainly not every room is finished (or even able to be moved into yet). But I thought I’d share with you the progress we’ve made, and how we’re living at the moment.   Would you like to see […]


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Downsizing Our Home, Upsizing Our Family: Part 3

August 19, 2014
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Podcast: Play in new window | Download Well, so much for my pretty scene at the pond! Tom and I heard the *crack crack….craaaaack…..* and then, enormous branches came crashing down, smashing the little maple I was so looking forward to watching blaze with autumnal colors. Other branches around the property have come down, too. […]


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On Waiting…

July 31, 2014

A month in, and I’m finally to the point of settling into the bottom portion of the house. The upstairs is still in progress, but it’s a slow process. Little by little, as my neighbor reminds us.   I’m finally back into my art journal, and enjoying seeing all of my art supplies at hand […]


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On Being Present

July 22, 2014

I just had to share this video. How much do we depend on social media or the internet to connect or build a relationship with someone?     Most of the time, it seems using social media to build relationships is not really about building relationships at all. It’s simply a way to get out […]


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Sneak Downsizing Peeks #2

July 22, 2014

Slowly, slowly…slowly…it is coming together. Boxes are moving out of the house, and shelves are going up. I’m going to spare you the corners that still have stuff all over the floor waiting for more shelving and hooks, and share some more peeks with you. Oh, and the entire upstairs hasn’t even begun to get […]


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Sneak Downsizing Peeks

July 11, 2014

Discovering fruit already here on the land (cherries!)…   And harvesting foods grown here naturally…   Finding ways to make do with less counter space…   And choosing when and how to use our resources…   Creating vertical and horizontal places for storage…   And finally taking some time to rest…   Blessed.


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Downsizing Our Home…Upsizing Our Family…Part 2

July 9, 2014
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Podcast: Play in new window | Download Good-bye Big House Over a week later, I *finally* have internet. I must say, though, the world didn’t come to an end without a connection. This past week has been STRESSFUL..I suppose I will be glad I didn’t have the internet distraction to make it worse. Lots and […]


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Downsizing Our Home…Upsizing Our Family

June 30, 2014
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Podcast: Play in new window | Download Well, today’s the big MOVE! The big yellow rental van will be here in about two hours, along with a group of friends. Last night my husband and I recorded our last podcast in the primo studio, and talked about what we’re doing, and why. Hopefully you’ll get […]


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What If…(on Downsizing)

June 27, 2014

I have a large slice of chocolate cake and a glass of milk next to my computer. I picked up the cake this afternoon from one of our local cafes, after I picked up the easy (read: conventional store-bought) meals to feed my family for the next few days. I’m sitting at the bar in […]


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Downsizing into the Bungalow

June 25, 2014

Work continues in the little 1951 bungalow. Tools are everywhere, dust is abundant, paint splotches are spotted on the floors and lots of people are using their time and tools to help us make the transition. It’s not a small thing, *just* time and tools. Most folks have to travel as we do, 45 minutes […]


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Downsizing Progress

June 14, 2014

What’s going on at the house(s)? Well, quite a bit.   Today in our current house, we were blessed with eight friends that showed up to form teams and cleaned all of the hundred-and-fifty-whatever windows we have. I made a taco lunch for everyone, and wished more than once I could grab a camera. But […]


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Look Up

June 12, 2014

In my mind, I am writing many blogs, updating progress as we go. In my mind, I am taking photographs, uploading and sharing them with you. In reality, however, I am burning out, rarely home, and very tired. I miss my routines, my quiet, my time to write and work on handwork. In the midst […]


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More Downsizing the Kitchen…and Closet

June 5, 2014

After spending some time yesterday in my new kitchen, I decided that what I had to do was come up with a plan. I did the same thing when we were building our current house, and I even labeled (on paper drawings) drawers and cabinets with *exactly* what was going to go where. Last night […]


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Downsizing the Kitchen

June 3, 2014

As many of you know, we are downsizing our living space from 3800 square feet (not including the basement and attic) to under 1700 (no basement nor attic). We’ve been wanting to podcast some of the craziness going on, but honestly we are falling asleep practically at supper time. Today we spent the day at […]


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What I’m Learning from Our Caterpillar Infestation

June 2, 2014

  It’s a caterpillar year here. That means there are caterpillars everywhere. On fruit trees. On alder trees. On porches. Climbing up screened windows. Hitching rides onto people. Crawling about indoors.   I can’t help but think of the frog infestation of the Old Testament. In gardens. In homes. In beds, ovens and–truly more so–everywhere. […]


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Leather Journals, Basketry, Weaving and More Beginner Art Journaling

May 26, 2014

Well, the vast majority of the packing is finished and boxes are piled into the garage. The basement is crazy overflowing with garage sale goods and now I am just waiting on other people: painters, window washers, carpet cleaners… There is nothing for me to do now but to wait during this lull before listing […]


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Bible STUDY

May 19, 2014

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 How’s your Bible reading going?   Seventeen years ago I was saved, and for the past fourteen I’ve been in my Bible pretty much daily. I credit the few years I spent […]


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Seeking Balance in Downsizing

May 12, 2014

Proverbs 30:8-9   Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:  Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.  That was the verse I attached to the photograph […]


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Why I Blog

May 8, 2014

  I once saw a t-shirt for writers that had written upon it, “Be nice to me or I’ll put you in my next book.” As funny as that is, the truth of the matter is that writers do use–among other things–their experiences and worldviews, and yes, that means interactions with other people, to create […]


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Packing, Packing, Packing…

April 29, 2014

I am already tired of packing. And the more I pack, the more I wonder how I will ever fit it all into our smaller house, even as the garage sale pile grows ever higher. At this point, it’s going to take me hours just to get that sale pile out of my house! I […]


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Hard Marriages and Silent Wives

April 24, 2014

Another friend of mine is divorcing. It makes me sad. And it makes me sad when I go to weddings, too. I want to warn the couple: the chances are very, very (very) good that there will be a “for worse.”   But I’m also sad at how our faith community handles family breakdowns as […]


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Trying to Maintain Normalcy While Downsizing

April 21, 2014

I am decluttering and downsizing and packing away my belongings. One box, one room, one area at a time. Even as the garage sale pile grows bigger, even as the trips to send off donations gain frequency, I am still bewildered about how I am going to make this downsize work. I’ve taken measurements of […]


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Rehydrating Dehydrated Sourdough Starter

April 16, 2014

Well, so much for “zero doubts” in getting my dehydrated starter perky and going again. I said as much on my post on dehydrating the starter, and I figured after almost a year, it was time to raise the starter. I wasn’t successful.   This is what I began with, an airtight mason jar of […]


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Part Two: Upsize

April 15, 2014

In the midst of downsizing our living quarters, we’ll be upsizing our family. Yes, we are expecting baby #8.   I appreciated rereading Matthew 27 this past week. Jesus, the most innocent man ever, stood with dignified silence in the midst of false accusations, mocking, insults, and wrong assumptions. It gave me courage to relay […]


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Part One: Downsize

April 14, 2014

Well, I promised to share some news, so here goes. We are moving. Actually, downsizing. Actually, almost micro sizing, compared to where we’ve been. My current house is a dis.as.ter with boxes everywhere and things collecting for garage sales, Goodwill, and Craig’s List.     This is very bittersweet for us. Bitter in that we […]


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