Oh how I love Christmas décor.  I knew this year would be different, having an infant changes the schedules of everyday life. I actually started decorating for Christmas before Thanksgiving this year, which was a first for me.  But I knew it would take time, in short increments here and there. I also took a different approach to decking my …

Several of Christmases ago, my husband and I were hosting a Christmas party for his work.  We always love to really bless the staff at Set Free Alaska who pour our their lives in helping people overcome addiction.  They are an incredible team of people.  So I of course had fun making the house beautiful.  I wanted them to feel blessed …

Several years ago my Dad came back from visiting his family in Wisconsin. With him, he brought home some treasures from his family and past.  My siblings and I always love digging through the artifacts representing family and memories that were always at a distance from our Alaskan home.  On this particular occasion my dad brought a carefully preserved Harry and David’s …

I cannot begin to tell you how this is a dream come true.  I am sewing clothes for my little girl!  It took me nearly four months to finish this tiny little project (can you tell I have a new baby still?).  I cut out the dress a couple weeks before my daughter was born, and finally finished it a of couple …

I wasn’t planning on posting this week. Between life with a 3 month old, and overcoming multiple birthdays, and a dark Alaska that is tricky to photograph anything, I thought I had nothing to share.  But I as I sat alone nursing my baby in the mom’s room at church on Sunday, I had an opportunity to journal thoughts that I …

Welcome November.  It’s so crazy to witness the impulsive passing of seasons.  It seems the older we get, the faster time whirs the earth around its orbit, and the more we try to grasp for the precious moments that become sweet memories.  I’m pretty sure the joy-filled memories of snow as a child evoke pleasanter feelings that a fresh frosting of white as …

The inevitable happened again this October.  I turned another year older.  And on that day that my age ticks up, I tend to celebrate with a lot of pumpkin.  I wanted to start my day off right and had a sweet little breakfast with my sister so I made us Pumpkin Scones with Berry Butter.  I originally got the recipe …

Our winter arrived this last week.  Six inches of snow graced us on Friday morning, delighting the children to play in the cold white sand of the arctic, and beckoning us to watch Home Alone and turn on the Christmas carols.  I refrained, for now anyhow, but we have definitely entered our longest season of the year.  But I wanted to continue …

I was recently asked some questions by a reader that I thought were worthy of answering in a post for everyone to read.  The question was something to the effect of where do you keep your toys, do your children even have toys, and how do you keep your house clean with five children?! The first thing I did was send …