Emmanuel Children’s Home – Ciudad Juárez, Mexico

About five short years ago, Juárez, Mexico was given the ominous title Murder Capital of the World. Between 2009-2012 this city with a population a little over 1 million averaged 8.5 homicides a day. The good news is the city is much safer now in 2015. It still has a way to go, but it’s headed in the right read more…

Upper and Downer Michigan

None of this full-time traveling stuff actually felt real until we were finally headed out of the state, and parking our house in a Wal-Mart parking lot while we shopped for groceries. It’s really the most convenient way to grocery shop. Our first stop was Wells State Park in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  I’ve been to Michigan read more…

First few weeks as a full time traveling family

We moved out of our townhouse a few weeks before we could actually leave the Twin Cities area.  We still had a few obligations to take care of so we had to stick around a little while longer. Luckily we have a number of gracious family members who were kind enough to let us park our read more…

Mice, maggots and a boat load of stuff

A handful of people have made me promise to share all the down and dirty, irritating and generally un-fun aspects of living full-time in an Airstream with 2 kids. Well, this is that. You’re welcome. The Airstream was stored at my father-in-law’s after we purchased it last summer.  It was in a wooded area, so read more…

Veronica’s Quiet Book :: a video tour

Up until now, all the quiet books I’ve made have been for my girls. I regularly get asked to make custom quiet books, I’ve just never had the time. This is why I created my quiet book patterns in the first place – so that other people can learn to make quiet books. In 2015 read more…

We have curtains!

I. Am. So. Excited! So much of our Airstream is original and in such great condition we can’t bring ourselves to change much about it right now. The one thing I HAD to change was the window treatments, they aren’t original anyway. Someone obviously loved those dark brown silk damask curtains, and God bless them read more…

Dreams come true :: our 1973 Airstream Excella 500

Every night over dinner we all take turns sharing what we are grateful for that day. Tonight, for New Year’s Eve, we shared what we were grateful for most in 2014. This was kind of a tough one because I have a million and one things to be grateful for, but we were all pretty unanimously grateful read more…

Forestville Mystery Cave State Park

We visited Forestville / Mystery Cave State Park on what may have been the most beautiful Fall day I’ve ever experienced in Minnesota.  The sun was shining, the leaves were changing and they were all still on the trees and it was just cool enough for a light jacket.  A perfect day. We toured the read more…

the way she just does the right thing

We got our first snow of the season today. Yes, on November 10. It’s going to be a long winter. Anyway, this morning Ada was watching out the window as the wind blew the neighbor’s recycling out of their box, and then as another neighbor just kicked it aside. The first thing Ada did when read more…

for the most beautiful Fall I’ve seen in Minnesota

Autumn in Minnesota is typically short and sweet. In what feels like just a matter of weeks we usually go from uncomfortably hot to uncomfortably cold, but this year has been different. The leaves have lingered longer and turned more beautiful colors than any other year since I moved here read more…