Pinch Hitters

Pinch Hitters

Last week Noel’s aunt and cousin came to town to visit Glenna (Noel’s mom) and ease some of our burdens (as well as visit and dote on Glenna). We turned the baby monitor off for a week (we use it so we can hear her at night, when we’re in the basement, outside, etc) and took advantage of being able to leave the house at the same time. We were content to do exotic things like shop for pants and…

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Nocturnal Carpentry

Nocturnal Carpentry

The small flight of stairs in front of our house has become a huge problem as we’ve tried to figure out how to get my mother-in-law in and out of the house and it was becoming apparent that we needed a ramp.  Because we are cheap big DIYers, we decided to build the ramp ourselves. The actual making of the ramp kept getting hijacked by life though (Christmas, my MIL being hospitalized, a debilitating round of norovirus, etc) and we…

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Christmas 2016

Christmas 2016

I really struggled to get into the Christmas spirit this year. It’s not unusual for me to be a bit of a grinch this time of year, but this year I especially struggled. I’ve felt the need to feel my Savior’s love stronger than any other Christmas as we’ve dealt with the responsibility of being caretakers, hostility towards Noel’s profession,* and being hit repeatedly with sickness after sickness.** Even though I’ve felt many small moments of reassurance, I have not felt…

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November/December

November/December

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the movie Big Fish. The movie is a fantasy drama, which generally isn’t my style, but it has long been a favorite movie of mine. It’s a quirky movie, but like a good poem, phrases of it come to me now and again at pertinent points in my life.  Lately, I’ve been thinking about the dad and how he keeps telling his son “this isn’t how my story ends.” I’ve been wanting to get an…

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What is Normal?

What is Normal?

October was one of those months where I would think, “Life can’t get any crazier than this” and then it would. My job as a middle school freelance educator came to an end at the beginning of the month and our family was ready to get back into a normal groove. Life had other plans though. Two big things happened in October: my mother-in-law was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer and my grandfather died. Those two things were pretty…

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Leon F. Olsen

Leon F. Olsen

Most of my memories of my grandfather revolve around his library. It was where he was most at home.  He started collecting books at the age of 12. At night, he would climb out of his bedroom window and catch nightcrawlers which he would sell to fisherman. He would make $20-$30 worth of book money a summer. Before he passed, he chose a book to give to each of the grandchildren – as if he were giving each of us…

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A Freaky Friday-esque Experience

A Freaky Friday-esque Experience

When I was younger I was somewhat obsessed with the concept of Freaky Friday. I read the book and loved both movie versions. Because I was young and had a pretty myopic view of the world, I was fixated on how great it would be if the adults in my life could switch places with me and see just how hard my life was, but mostly missed the point that everyone’s life is hard. As I’ve stayed home the last six years…

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Colorado Gold

Colorado Gold

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. John Muir I generally try really hard to avoid the cliche of telling people how busy my life is, but this school year has been pretty crazy for us. Between Noel breaking his arm and me moonlighting as a…

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1st Day of School, Etcetera

1st Day of School, Etcetera

This year, the first day of school was completely bananas. There was such an overload of emotions that I was pretty much numb. (And for most of the day Noel literally was numb.) But, let’s back up a minute. The Tuesday before school started, Noel had an appointment with the Orthopedic Surgeon. We knew there was a strong possibility that his arm would need to be reset since the bones didn’t look like they matched up in the x-rays from…

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