On concussion protocol.

Imagine you are at work on a Friday afternoon and you get a call from the school nurse. ‘Mrs VanderKuip? I have KJ in my office…she walked into a wall and hurt her head.’ OK, I will admit that I laughed. KJ is all arms and legs and gangly right now and is a bit…

Shaking the dust.

A post?  Shocking, I know. However, it is just a baby post of a song I like right now. Tweaking the layout has re-energized me and a wordy post will come soon. Mat Kearney: This is the air I breathe.

I’ve created a monster!!!

When our ancient blender died this summer I wanted to get a blender that was easier to wrangle so the girls could use it. Two weeks ago I taught KJ how to make a smoothie. Now she makes them all the time, but especially in the morning before school. This is how we generally get…

41.

This might be the best present ever: 41 is looking pretty sweet.

Wendell Berry and the Mad Farmer Liberation Front

A couple/few years ago I got a hand-printed copy of Wendell Berry’s Manifesto. It was supposed to be signed by Berry himself, but no such luck. However, it languished in its mail container through our move to the East Coast and in the back of our closet. Thanks to the 3 room shuffle, I came…

The day my dog lost her mind.

Between the furnace guys trying to fix our furnace and the aggressive squirrel army in our back yard, Sophie lost her mind. We have been having some slight issues with our furnace these last weeks. Waking up to a house that is 57 degrees Fahrenheit (which is equivalent to freaking cold! in Celsius), we finally…

The 3 room shuffle

We currently live in a huge 100+ year old house. However, we primarily live in 800 square feet of it, plus the use of the kitchen. That basically means we live in 4 bedrooms on the second floor. The first floor is for the church’s use and the third floor is really far away. (But…

Hopes and dreams for 2015

Now that the girls are getting older, conversations about life are both interesting and terrifying. So when the new year rolled around, Jeff and I were intentional about asking the girls what they were looking forward too in 2015. We explained the crazy tradition of making resolutions and what that looked like, but that we…

The Yellow Pages

Remember back in the day when the yellow pages and white pages books would land on your doorstep? Big, thick books that you could use as doorstops or weights? They are no more. Today’s version is less than 1/2 inch thick and my first thought was to recycle it right away. Until the Bear asked…

The next three months

This is a glimpse of what my next 3 months will look like. Why? Because after 10 years of on and off studying (mostly off for 4 years when I had kids in diapers) I am 5 classes away from finishing my Masters degree. The problem is that 3 of the 5 are only offered…

2014 in review

2014 was not a banner year of blogging for me. Once we finish up our family’s hopes, dreams and goals list for 2015, I will share it here and I’m pretty sure blogging is going to be on my list! The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an…

2014

2014 was certainly a learning and growing year for all of us. We await the new year with hope and anticipation that we are in the right place for the right time for our family. Happy New Year!