Traditions: Pumpkin Patch, or not?

It’s Fall in the Inland Northwest, and for those of us who live here, Fall equals a trip to Green Bluff. Green Bluff is the ultimate farming and produce area for Spokane. There are multiple farms that transform into Autumn Paradises every year, featuring everything from corn mazes to pumpkin donuts and u-pick fruit. InContinue reading “Traditions: Pumpkin Patch, or not?”

Traditions: October Movie Nights

As so many of my stories do, this one starts in the kitchen, where I add the final touches to our meal. We fill our bowls or plates and gather. Not around the table, as one might think, but in front of the television. Why? Because it’s October, and it’s family movie night. My familyContinue reading “Traditions: October Movie Nights”

Traditions: Soup Sunday

The house is still quiet when I rise from my bed. Most mornings, the smell of brewed coffee greets me, but today I am the first to tread the creaking floorboards. After the normal Friday rituals— Bible, coffee, Instagram— I find myself in the kitchen, mixing flour and water together in anticipation of crusty bread.Continue reading “Traditions: Soup Sunday”

Peanut Butter, Maple Syrup, and French Toast

Hello, lovely readers! On Saturday, I went to the St. Patrick’s Day parade, and it was so fun! The last parade I went to was in 2019! So crazy. The St. Patrick’s Day parade holds a special place in my heart because for so many years it has marked the beginning of the Meek versionContinue reading “Peanut Butter, Maple Syrup, and French Toast”

Happy Birthday to Me: 3 tips for fun and unique birthday traditions

Hello, lovely readers! Guess what? It’s birthday week!! I love birthday week! My birthday is on Sunday this year and my hubby is taking me to see Fiddler on the Roof, one of my all-time favorite musicals. (Side note: Fiddler is one of the very first musicals I saw live. Thanks to my friend JanelleContinue reading “Happy Birthday to Me: 3 tips for fun and unique birthday traditions”

On Creating Monsters

I’ve created a monster. 3 of them, to be more accurate. If you’ve been around here awhile, you know that I’m here in this little part of the internet to help you curate rhythms, routines, and traditions to leave a legacy that matters. This time of year, we are ALL about tradition at my house.Continue reading “On Creating Monsters”

Christmas Traditions: When Traditions Change

I still remember the first year that my aunt and uncle decided not to come home for Christmas. Up to that point in my young life, Christmas had always revolved around Grandma’s house, and there was no reason in my mind why it should change. Until it did. Christmas seemed smaller that year, and IContinue reading “Christmas Traditions: When Traditions Change”

Christmas Traditions: Songs

I am a stickler for waiting for Christmas music until after Thanksgiving. My daughter, on the other hand, could play it year round if I would let her. My favorites include all those classic Christmas tunes: Bing Crosby, Andy Williams, and Karen Carpenter’s velvet tones. There’s even a great non-traditional song by Trisha Yearwood thatContinue reading “Christmas Traditions: Songs”

Christmas Traditions: Food

This weekend, we will bake. Food is a favorite way to celebrate and mark traditions around here. In a year when many other traditional ways we would celebrate aren’t possible, we are holding tightly to this one. There will be literal piles of cookies in my kitchen. It makes me happy just thinking about it.Continue reading “Christmas Traditions: Food”

Christmas Traditions: Decorating

This Nativity set once belonged to my Grandma. Now it belongs to my son. As children, both my son and I would play with it, rearranging it on the sideboard and retelling the Christmas story (sometimes adding a few characters). Storytellers are we. Around here, we’re usually sticklers for doing all of our Christmas decoratingContinue reading “Christmas Traditions: Decorating”