Category Archives: struggles

Lyddie

River and I are about to go outside into our lushly overgrown backyard and I will read to her from the chapter book Lyddie by Katherine Paterson. This book is fantastically written and highlights the difficult working conditions for some … Continue reading

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Covid 19

Hi Everyone, We have been in our home and yard seeing no one but each other for a bit over a week now. I think we are doing pretty well, but some days are definitely hard. We are doing a … Continue reading

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Big Changes

Hello Everyone, We’ve got Life! happening around here. Our family is preparing to move back to our home state of Michigan to the beautiful home we are so lucky to own there. As we prepare for this journey my stepdaughter … Continue reading

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Just Right

As I have mentioned before, I’ve spent years now working on simplifying my home and clearing out unneeded items. Marie Kondo says that when you reach your ‘just right’ zone of organization and simplification you’ll know, that you’ll feel it. … Continue reading

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Porch Kitty

Our sweet Porch Kitty passed away this September. We had been fostering her for a year and a half and were in the process of making her our family cat. It was very sad for all of us. We mourned … Continue reading

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Letting Go

River Rain has been taking more control of her bedroom. She has recently insisted that she wants to tend to her dresser drawers herself. And since I often ask her to put away her own laundry, and since she always … Continue reading

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Help

I have been needing help with chores ever since I started working again. I’ve been vocal about asking for help, and have received some, although it can be sporadic. Lately though the help seems more consistent. This helps me to … Continue reading

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The Past Five Years

Five years ago we had to move from our trendy walkable neighborhood in Portland, OR, to a neighborhood on the outskirts that was not our top pick. Due to a chain of events we had to pare down our lifestyle, … Continue reading

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Rudy

This October, just before Día de las Muertes, our Family Dog Rudy passed away. He was almost 15 years old and had had bone cancer for nine months. He spent the summer and fall lounging under his big Doug Fir … Continue reading

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Real Life Kitchen

With all the beautiful pictures on the internet of people’s homes and familes you may feel like you are living a life of mess and disorder that no other household is experiencing. I’m gonna tell you right now: it’s all … Continue reading

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