Rhythms: Practicing a November Pause

Do you ever feel like the minutes of the day move by at a snail’s pace, but then look at the calendar and realize it’s already time to turn another page or prepare for another change of season? If that sounds familiar, you’re not alone. But while it sometimes feels that time is passing byContinue reading “Rhythms: Practicing a November Pause”

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”

Menu Monday 12.28.20

Happy #menumonday, friends! This week will bring us the start of a new year. I don’t know very many people who are sad to see 2020 go. I’m sure hopeful that 2021 will bring more hope and joy than 2020. Of course, there were moments of happiness and joy, but we are hopeful to beContinue reading “Menu Monday 12.28.20”

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”

{Menu Monday 12.21.20}

Happy #menumonday, friends! Can you believe it? Christmas week is here!! I’m excited, but it is a bit bittersweet. In a “normal” year, we’d be packing up this week and heading to Montana to visit family, but this year… Well, we are staying home. I’m a little relieved to not be traveling the passes thisContinue reading “{Menu Monday 12.21.20}”

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”

{Menu Monday 12.14.20}

Happy #menumonday, friends! It’s the last week of school before Winter Break, and I’m so ready! Things will be a little different this year (who’s soooo tired of saying that?) but it will be lovely to have some down time, some relaxation, and some family time. I love that we get the full two weeksContinue reading “{Menu Monday 12.14.20}”