Around our house 


New puppy

What have we done?!?!?! We got a new puppy. A black lab, we named Lucy. Super cute. Cries a lot at night. Pees everywhere. Can’t hold her bladder in her crate. Has the sharpest teeth EVER. Chews and bites every single thing she can fit into her mouth. She snores. She steals Charlie’s food (our dachshund) she chases Charlie. She tries to bite his tail. But man oh man, she is a fluff ball and SO cute and I’m praying to keep it together the next several months while I potty train her. Wish me luck. 

My husband, the Doctor

So proud of my husband. He successfully defended his dissertation to the board and is now a Dr! Ed.d, not a Ph.d. So he’s a academic Dr. 

3 very hard years of school on top of his schedule – but he did it!!!

Even his cap and gown are labeled “Doctor”

Daily musings

I love fresh new pens and pencils for journaling. Highlighters I adore!!

Dinner last night was soft tacos and I made a hefty amount of chili dip. So delicious. 

I’m enjoying this bible study of Sirach I’m doing online with a group of Catholic friends. 

I’m working on a Catholic felt book for my Etsy shop. 

Anna starts back up with voice lessons this week. She’s also starting piano lessons for the first time. Abigail is getting back into the swing of things with softball season. Our Nicholas is gearing up for the Pokémon tournament at the end of the month in Portland.  Thomas has completed boot camp for the Coast Guard and is happily enjoying his current station in Alabama. 

I’m looking forward to spring and gardening and planting veggies. I’m even planting a small garden with the middle school youth group. 

New Job. Sort of. 

So, back in September of 2016 I closed my daycare. I had been running the daycare for almost 15 years. I was burned out and thinking a job outside of the home would be the ticket. Wrong. I HATED it. I really did. I missed the little kids so much. I missed being at home. I hated having adult coworkers and dealing with all their bs and office politic garbage. Not for me!!

So I left that job, and am watching a couple previous daycare children again. I’m keeping it super low, not reinstating my license or enrolling in the federal food program. Here in Oregon I can watch 3 children that are not mine, and still be following the childcare laws. 

I am OVER the moon happy to be home again.  My husband bought me the print below for my birthday. I’ve loved it for years, as it was in a old antique shop that I love. 


Adorable vintage soup cups and quiche dish for all those meatless meals!

A pretty and enviting prayer altar next to our bed.

No Facebook for me this 40 days! I may not ever go back  what an emotionally draining site

A Lenten bible study to enrich my prayer life.
Happy Lent!