Category Archives: Keep House and Carry On

of school lunch and the way we PBJ

  I like to cook, people. Really like it–see my alternate life. Which is fortunate because I do a lot of it. But school lunches are my nemesis. It’s amazing how difficult it can be to find healthy lunch options … Continue reading

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of sharing our slushy salt

We love having guests. We always have, I guess. We would usually rather host something than have it elsewhere. We consider a week with people to dinner is a richer and better one than a week without. I have experienced … Continue reading

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gift kitchens and God’s care, take two

You’re not going to believe this. I don’t even believe it. People keep giving me kitchens, it’s like a theme. If you’ve been with me for a while, you may remember my precious English friend who showed up with food, … Continue reading

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stacking the walls

Norah: “Let’s sing that stack one, Mommy.” Me: “I’m not sure I know that one.” Norah: “Sure you do. ‘Stack the walls with all the holly, fa la la la la la la la la . . .’” Harriet, joining … Continue reading

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leaves and hope

Transition and settling in (and resettling in) is a sub-theme in my life. Last year I wrote a series called Starting Again: Five Things To Do And One Don’t and I’ve often used this space to ponder what it is that transforms … Continue reading

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the boy cave

I painted a wooden car and wooden door hanger ($2) from the craft store with acrylics–it says “Hugh and” (the “and” because I haven’t filled in his little brother’s name yet). The reverse side is below. Hugh’s prized possession is … Continue reading

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it’s boy cave time

I know my decorating projects are funny. They are always homemade, often small-scale, never even remotely professional. But I have so much fun with it. This farmhouse we’re living in has two small adjoining bedrooms with a connecting door that … Continue reading

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when life gives you oranges

It’s a busy season in this household. There are more pots on the stove than arms to stir them. Sometimes my husband and I turn to each other for a hand and find the other is busier yet. We have, … Continue reading

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gleaning from the garden

This was our garden less than two weeks ago. We didn’t finish planting until the end of May, so the beets and lettuces were just barely peeking out and all the little baby plants were bravely holding their territory in … Continue reading

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of non-paper towels

One of the big blessings of our new living situation is constant access to a fast, full-sized washing machine and dryer. It’s impossible to describe how much I missed those two guys. Suddenly laundry seems so simple and easy. Mommy’s … Continue reading

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