An important part of any trip is a tolerance for imperfection. No matter how well-organized, how planned, how flexible, or how prepared you are, things will go sideways. How do I know? Because we are adventuring in real life (and in 2020)! A willingness to go with the flow and look at everything with a … Continue reading Adventures and Misadventures
Lord, you are in charge of all things. You have a plan, even if I can't see what it is. You are able to work all things for good, even the most horrific. I am finding myself in a time and place where I don't know what to do or who to follow. I am … Continue reading A Prayer from my Heart
It is 2020 and we are effectively watching life as we know it change before our very eyes. In March they said, "15 days to slow the spread." Then in June they said, "people need to be wearing masks all the time." Now here we are in November and they are saying, "we have to … Continue reading Let’s Microscope Education!
One of the things I have struggled with as a an adult is the desires of other people to fit me into a box. Not literally, of course. It started most noticeably with my in-laws; they couldn't seem to quite wrap their minds around a girl who said she loves Jesus but would wear a … Continue reading So Much More Than …
The Helpful Mouse One cool autumn day Mouse decided to go for a bike ride. After he had crossed a bridge, he heard someone crying. He followed the cries to see who it was. When he finally found out who it was, it was Toad! And he had fallen off his bike. He had scraped … Continue reading Natalie’s Fable
I've had a lot of people ask where we went and what we did on our most recent road trip. I find that in conversation it's surprisingly difficult to give the whole itinerary without seeing people's eyes gloss over and jaws go slack. It must be because I'm a better writer than speaker (or they … Continue reading Western States Road Trip Itinerary
Playing with my kids at home is not something I do. Playing with my kids while on a trip is something I love to do! That's because when we travel we do things that are actually fun - like visit Glenwood Caverns Amusement Park and ride the Alpine Coaster or go for hikes in Yellowstone … Continue reading How I Play with My Children
After 3 days of trying to get a campsite in Yellowstone during the "off-season," I finally got desperate enough to try to bribe someone out of their campsite. In the interests of full disclosure, they had not yet set up camp but were rather waiting for the current occupants to leave. It was my last … Continue reading Rainy Camping
It has been a little over a week since my husband and I made the dramatic decision to pull our four children out of traditional school and begin homeschooling. During the discussions of whether or not to do this, one of the ideas that came up the most is how much more our kids could … Continue reading Road Trip!
Well, that's kind of a funny thing to write about. Our first time washing clothes on our road trip is a bit momentous - why? Because we had to do laundry because I threw up on my daughter's clothes. By day 3 of our trip we had covered 856 miles (from Sacramento to West Yellowstone), … Continue reading Road Trip – Our First Load of Laundry