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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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We helped our neighbors celebrate Diwali tonight. We were all ready for bed and then noticed the fireworks outside our window, so of course we joined them… read more...

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that my office can be anywhere

Cora was sick today. Poor baby had a fever and sore throat and didn't really want to do much of anything except cuddle. She's been like that her whole life, even as a tiny baby whenever she didn't feel well she would find some way to maintain physical contact with me. I am so crazy… read more...

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for night hikes and lifelong friends

Went on my first night hike tonight with one of my oldest friends.  We have known each other for over 23 years and even though we go months and months between get-togethers, we always pick up right where we left off.  It's a sweet thing to have had a friend in your life for so… read more...

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that she can read – she can read!

I think many of us take literacy for granted, but it's really an awesome gift when you think about it.  Teaching my children to read has reminded me of what a powerful thing reading is, and how much it opens up the world for you.  It's recently really been clicking for Ada, and she is so excited!  She will… read more...

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for in-laws who grow their own food

and for little girls who steal if for me.  Just as we were leaving my brother and sister-in-law's house today, Cora grabbed two handfuls of tomatoes from their garden and ran.  She doesn't even like tomatoes. I do… read more...

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for at least one more summer day

It's already been "unseasonably cold" and "they" say we are in for a record breaking cold winter. I'm not quite ready to say goodbye to summer. Today was beautiful… read more...

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