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    Road Trip Tallies and Stats

    We are back from our anniversary road trip. We had a lovely low-key time. Four days just wasn’t long enough. We traveled southwest from here (Denver) through the mountains down into Arizona. We visited the Grand Canyon and then came home a different route through the mountains. It’s what you call “taking the scenic route”… and it was definitely scenic. I…

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    Labor Day Tallies

    We celebrated the Labor Day holiday with a day trip into the mountains to do some Geocaching as a family. We had a great time and I took some awesome pictures. I’ll show you more later, but for now, it’s important that I report the tallies of the day. Keeping tallies is something I learned to do from one of…

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    Homeschooling

    How to Create a Travel Notebook

    Our plans this Memorial Day weekend include a much-too-short road-trip. Sort of a mini-vacation but with not enough time to do all the things we’d like to do. On trips like these, where we’ll be spending many hours in the car, I like to plan travel notebooks for the kids specific to the route we have planned. When my girls…

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    Winter Road Trip: Idaho to Arkansas

    Living half-way across the country from my parents makes it hard to get together for holidays. This year we decided it might work. The week between Christmas and New Year’s was a convenient time to close the print shop and it gave us two holidays, one on each end of the trip. We had hoped to leave on Christmas Eve,…

  • Lifestyle

    A Moose in Our Neighborhood

    I like to keep tallies of wildlife we see when we are road trips. On our trip to southeastern Idaho this past weekend we saw a bighorn ram crossing the road in front of us. Lyle pulled over so I could take a picture, but it disappeared over the bank before I could get a shot of it. We also saw…

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    Adventures

    Weekend on the Oregon Coast

    Something Lyle and I have been looking forward to ever since we moved back to Idaho this spring is our traditional* trip to the Oregon Coast for his birthday. I always have Friday afternoons off, so Lyle took last Friday afternoon off as well and we headed out about 1:00. We live in the panhandle of Idaho, just a few minutes…

  • Lifestyle

    Spice of Life

    Late in the summer and into the early fall I enjoyed sitting on on my front porch with my Bible, journal, and crocheting. On the first day of fall I added a basket of fall-scented potpourri, a pumpkin-scented candle, and a few other touches of autumn decor. As the weather turned cooler I started leaving a throw out there as…

  • Heritage

    Counting 1000 Gifts – Part 3

    This is the time of year when many of us take time to count our blessings… or at least try to name a few of them. I took on the Joy Dare challenge a few weeks ago, and while I have no problem noticing the small (and large) things I’m grateful for, the challenge comes in naming something for each…

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    Our Visit to the Grand Canyon

    So… you remember how back in the 1950s Great-aunt Thelma would invite all the neighbors over to look at the hundreds of slides that she had taken on her trip to the Grand Canyon? Yeah, me neither. I did have a Great-aunt Thelma. And she did take slide pictures on vacation. But the 1950s were before my time. And I…

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    Come, Follow Along

    Every year we like to do something special to celebrate our anniversary. Whenever possible, we try to go away for at least the weekend. That doesn’t always work out, due to time constraints or finances. One year, when our children were small, our anniversary celebration consisted of going to McDonald’s. The kids played on the playground while we ate and…