Book Review: Finding Love in Eureka California

This book surprised me in several ways. Although a Christian romance, fitting all the requirements, it contained so much more depth than your typical story. It was real. The characters were flawed in genuine and realistic ways: making choices that did not always endear them to the reader. The heroine, Gen, is quirky and filled…

Life Unexpected

Sometime back in the spring we realized my daughter is lactose intolerant. I wouldn't say we were surprised. But we didn't know before. There were clues of course. She was lactose intolerant as an infant, but for years experienced no symptoms. Then the last year or so she noticed that cereal did not make her…

Perspective on the Path

Once, while on a family outing--with the extended family--one of my uncles told me to run ahead to see something cool, and he emphasized "run fast!" Now I'm not normally a runner, and not even a huge fan of doing what someone randomly tells me what to do, but I ran. Took off running across…

Not What I Planned

It's not what I thought it would be. This little thing called life. It's not like I planned. Not at all. Not even a little bit. I used to wait for milestones. Those life events where everything would change and everything would be right with the world. You know like: Double digits—what was the benefit…

Lazy Chile Relleno

Some days you just don't have time for Chile Rellenos--especially when making enough for a family of four. But you still crave a little gooey goodness. Of course it helps if you have a stash of home canned Hatch Chiles straight from New Mexico. But if aren't so fortunate, a lot of local groceries stores…

On the Road to Glamping

First things first. Can a 1977 Camper turn Glamper? We evaluated the interior and considered the options. A) We could do a phenomenal cleaning job and leave the camper as is. B) Clean and update the camper. C) Gut the interior and start over. This is the main bed area. The mattress doesn't even seem…

Vintage Camper Renovation

There comes a time in every man's life when he thinks: I can do that! Is it over confidence? A desire to make his mark on the world? Or perhaps the drive to build something with his own hands? Maybe a combination of all of the above. That's kind of what happened with our "new"…

My Socks are Damp

Look at that innocent face. With those big brown eyes, clear as a mountain pond in spring. A wiggly little nose, and distracting pink ears that decry his thievery. This is a sock thief. He also steals tissues. And napkins (the fabric kind because that's all we use). And pot holders. Even plastic cups.  …

Puppy Think It Over

If there is one thing that we have discovered during these first few weeks of puppy love, it is that having a puppy is a little like having a toddler. He gets into everything within reach. He questions everything. He chews on everything.   He puts all sorts of things in his mouth. And he…

Love at “First” Sight

Some days are harder than others. We get busy and focus on doing life and we don't think about it. That's not to say that we don't think about her everyday. Because we do. Every day we think about our sweet girl. And miss her.   We adopted her seven years ago this week. We…