The Liebster Award 2018

What is the Liebster Award you ask? The Liebster is an award that exists only on the internet and is given to bloggers by other bloggers. The earliest case of the award goes as far back as 2011. "Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome."  … Continue reading The Liebster Award 2018

Did I grow up Hillbilly?

When I was turning the last 10 pages of J.D. Vance’s memoir, Hillbilly Elegy; I thought about the parallels I shared with J.D.’s experience of growing up in a dysfunctional working class family. I know a LOT of us have grown up middle class and in dysfunction of various sorts, but there were some uncanny … Continue reading Did I grow up Hillbilly?

How to deal with toddler behavior

This is my very own daughter. She was almost 15 months old in this picture and I remember exactly where we were when this photo was taken. We had been swimming in the heat of August and started packing up to leave for home. Obviously she was not pleased about leaving the lake.  On a … Continue reading How to deal with toddler behavior

Budgeting with my Spouse: Lessons Learned

When I first wrote about budgeting with my significant other , I received some thoughtful feedback from fellow bloggers. This got me thinking about the past month and what I have learned early in the process. First, budgeting together is easier than I thought. I attribute this to the fact that I had created a very … Continue reading Budgeting with my Spouse: Lessons Learned

Inspiration to get back on the trail

Winter can be long in the North. Even April is fair game for big snow storms. The rule of thumb is that you don't plant your flowers until Mother's Day or there is a good chance you will lose them to frost. That actually happened to us last spring when we laughed at Mother Nature … Continue reading Inspiration to get back on the trail

Motherhood is a Journey, not a Destination

You don't arrive when you become a Mother. Motherhood is not a checkbox on a list of accomplishments in life. Motherhood is a journey all of it's own. It's a pilgrimage to the woman you were meant to become. You will grow in ways you never imagined. Some of that growth will not be easy. … Continue reading Motherhood is a Journey, not a Destination

A Morning at Free Forest School

When I was a kid, we literally lived in the woods. Our little cabin was surrounded by trees, streams, and undeveloped land. Playing outside is what you did. Television was a special occasion. Cartoons were on Saturdays only (e.g. Saturday morning cartoons). There was no TV 'on demand'. There was no 'streaming', and I didn't … Continue reading A Morning at Free Forest School