I remembered!!

I struggled with the idea that I could be doing something “better” or “bigger” in the world, rather than getting up every morning and spending another day mediating fights between (or fighting with) my children, pointing out messes, and saying the same things over and over.  Then my husband would come home and say, well, you’ve […]


I have a story from last March I wanted to share with you today: When my kids were little we did a lot of stuff in the snow – sledding and tubing and snowmobiling. We also had a long drive, plus the truck garage parking lot area and that meant a lot of plowing, which, […]

Our dog, Rocker

We have five dogs here in Virginia. Two of those are Julia’s and she takes care of them herself.  I’ve told stories about Ethyl, our man-eater who adores Watson. We also have a Newfoundland mix and a Great Pyrenees named Rocker. Great Pyrenees are livestock guardian dogs. They’ve been bred to be independent thinkers and […]

Grace and peace in the middle of life’s storm.

Alright, I promised I was going to tell you what has been going on with me. Some of you are like family to me, and have suspected that there was something going on. I wanted to tell you, but…let me start with a little story. I can picture Chasidi in preschool – bouncing pigtails, sweet, […]

I’m gonna talk about my boys today.

Anyway, last week I told the story about the bees in my jeans in the berry patch and this person read the email, then, the next time he saw Watson he said, “Did you know your wife was running around the berry patch with her pants off?” Gah. So, the next time I saw Watson […]


One of my brothers-in-law has a thing for fireworks. Usually, he puts them off in the church parking lot, but at this time—years ago—he and my sister had just moved into their new house and wanted to have a get-together. Since it was close to Fourth of July, they decided to do fireworks at their […]

I wipe the blood off my piano keys. 🎹

Okay, some of you know that we’ve been hanging out with friends and family, and this week we’ve been entertaining my parents, some cousins and some in-laws and friends have also been here on the farm. Today I thought I’d share a story from last year when my parents visited: I didn’t always have a […]

What comes in threes?

I hope everyone is having a great week! So…about mine. Actually, let me give you a conversation I heard my girls have at the end of last week. Daughter 1:  It’s like there’s a big wave of death that keeps hitting us over and over. Daughter 2:  More like a swirl of death that is […]

Hard Times

I don’t have a farm story from this week. I do have a story from just about a year ago.  I wanted to talk some about Alex, who was from Chiapas, Mexico, who spent a couple of years working with our family. He was like a brother to our boys (read: they picked on each […]