Category Archives: Family life

La Belle Province, par deux

Next week, our family will visit la belle province—otherwise known as “the beautiful province”—a nickname often used for Quebec. Last summer, Brad and I spent a week exploring Montreal, loving the  European-charm-meets-modern-city feel of the place. During our stay, we … Continue reading

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Road Trip Manual

Summer has arrived in full force on Long Island. The parking lots to the beaches fill before noon. The blooms on the hydrangeas are so plentiful that the branches droop to the ground, trying to bear the weight of the … Continue reading

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Slow Cooking: A Magical Transformation

It could be because it is winter. It could be because whatever is “old” is now “new.” Or it could be because cookbook writers and others have been singing the praises of the humble crock pot for the past several … Continue reading

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On Writing and Fall

The daylight hours grow shorter and the temperatures turn cooler, announcing fall’s arrival. Every year I ask myself, where did September go? This year is no exception. It’s been awhile since I have written about THE BOOK so I thought … Continue reading

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A Tribute To My Grandma

Doris Elizabeth Smith, October 19, 1922-June 24, 2016 A little over a week ago I received an early-morning text from my mom informing me that Grandma passed. My mom and dad were headed to the airport when they received the … Continue reading

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In Celebration of Marriage

“Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land….Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.”  Proverbs 31: 23, 28 It’s not everyday that … Continue reading

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Gratitude 2014

Last Saturday found our family piled into a rental car and headed to Indiana for a week of college visits as well as spending time with family. Sunday after church, Brad, Jake, and I headed to the Chicago area for … Continue reading

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