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To me, on the occasion that the baby has been teething for days, deadlines loom, and you are overwhelmed. Or, maybe to you, friend, if you are similarly whelmed.

Turn off the computer.

Take a bucket bath.

Stare into your child’s face and remember all those years ago (yesterday?) when he was a baby.

Cook them a good meal.


Brush your daughter’s hair.

Make coconut ice cream with your boys and let them surprise Papa with it.

Walk to the garden, put your hands in the dirt.

Laugh with your husband and listen closely to his.


Snuggle the baby.

Watch your children run barefoot on the dirt road. Soak in their laughter.

Go to bed early.

Catch up on those deadlines tomorrow.

Have a beautiful day, friends.



We’ve had a stretch of wintry days here and it’s been a lovely time of cozying in.


The boys have delighted in the morning frost, freezing rain, and ice treasures.


There have been a host of simple meals made on the wood stove.


School books have flown freely with little boys filling their minds with information and questions alike.


Of course the warm tea to fill bellies is always a plus. And so are those rubber band wrists.


A rooster made his way to the chopping block to become a couple of wonderful meals. And those sweet potatoes have been eaten every single day.


And one little lady has watched the digging and the concrete and the construction underway here. More on that soon.

Here’s wishing you and yours a cozy and blessed Thanksgiving.