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Archive for 'Faith'

Explaining Good and Evil / The Battle Inside Us

I admit that sometimes I wish Tim were more of an all-singing, all-dancing kind of Dad. “Okay, gang! Let’s train for a 5K!” or “Let’s form a family band—get out your instruments!” or “It’s Game Night!”
But the truth is that such enthusiasm from him would probably wear me out. And, anyway, his strengths come from […]


A Life in Mugs

This from a designer featured in a popular lifestyle magazine:
“Mismatched pieces wreak havoc. Unless you won the lotto while drinking from that old mug, don’t let sentimentality make you keep it. Any sort of ‘off’ dishware causes visual chaos, and every time you open the cupboard, something in the back of your brain is saying, […]


Grandma Charlotte’s Pork Chops with Dressing

When the temperature starts to drop and the leaves begin to change, I start craving Grandma Charlotte’s pork chops with dressing.
I grew up eating those pork chops, but the time I remember most is the night soon after our wedding when Grandpa Ed and Grandma Charlotte invited Tim and me for dinner. It was mid-October […]


Magical Mailbox

We’re having an Ice Day here in western Wisconsin. Not a get-out-and-play, make-a-snowman, go-sledding Snow Day, but a rainy, sleety, stay-inside Ice Day. Which is fine if you’ve got a pile of good books, a new dog, and a copy of Hugo from Netflix. (Have you seen Hugo? It won so many Oscars I thought we […]



Today several people I care about said goodbye to loved ones who passed on from this life to the next. It’s always hard to let someone go, but don’t you think it’s especially difficult during the holidays? A friend gave me this poem by Rabindranath Tagore when my Grandma Charlotte passed away. I’m grateful to […]


Sending the Kids Off to School

For the first time ever, the kids went off to school in pouring rain. We took the group photo of them huddled on the porch. They looked pretty happy and ready for new adventures.
We’re not exactly fashion-driven around here, but we try to be presentable. Did you notice Lexie’s fabulous boots? She’s also wearing what […]


Summer Afternoons

“Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” (Henry James)

I think I’m one of only a handful of people who are completely happy with the heat and humidity that the upper midwest is experiencing right now. It’s so wonderful to thaw out finally after […]


Happy Father’s Day

I love this photo of Grandpa Ed and my dad. They look so happy just to be together, don’t they? Edward Valentine is no longer with us, but I’ll always remember what a gentleman he was. A father of eight, he knew how to entertain a crowd. I loved his stories, and he always had […]


Introducing the Love Bucket

This is the Love Bucket, faithful companion to under-the-weather Taylor children. Lexie came home sick from school today and I tucked her in with a warm blanket, “Cats and Dogs 2”, and this old warhorse. I don’t remember what inspired this particular project. Maybe it was the helplessness I felt as a new mother watching […]


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