Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Hat Creek Ranch

                                                                        Gold panning.

              A stage coach ride. The children adored this family day trip as they all are Little house on the Prairie fanatics.  We have visited the Ranch many times before but we have never done a guided tour, that was a great way to learn different tid bits we didn't know.
 Hat Creek Ranch is a historical park that happens to be apart of our family's history. This house the children are sitting outside of is the home of their Gr. X 3 Grandmother Sophia. Her children  are famous for being some of the most dangerous outlaws of the gold rush. Brothers Allan, Charles and Archie McLean: The McLean Gang terrorized Kamloops, B.C., in the late 1870s, stealing everything from horses and liquor to ammunition. When the law came after them, the McLeans shot their way through, eventually killing two men, including a police constable. Eventually caught and convicted—the jury took 20 minutes to reach a verdict—they were hanged together in New Westminster in 1881.

Friday, August 15, 2014

this moment

{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

This Girl

     This girl is so full of life. She is beautiful and confident that she was born a real life princess. She prefers to wear dress-up costume dresses rather than real clothes.
She recently fell in love with a dog named Simon, after the children's encounter with a cougar we had been discussing the idea of adding one to our little farm but it needed to be the perfect fit. Last week we took a road trip up north to visit a very dear friend of mine and Hannah told her Auntie Katie  "I really love your dog".  I was surprised when she responded with "you can take him home if your mommy says it's OK." The rest is history :) Meet Simon.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

August Hobbies

                     Waldorf Gardening has been our thing this summer.  Every little piece is hand crafted. Zachary made this tiny chair and mail box. When I saw how much fun he was having I jumped in and hand painted the rock mushrooms.  It's enjoyable to sit and craft as babies nap and work our imaginations together. Natalie's creative juices got flowing when we were invited to my cousins baby shower. We had a couple packages of diapers that didn't fit the twins anymore so she got busy.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014



Summer on our mini homestead has been busy. Henry has kept us on our toes in and out of the hospital but between all our medical concerns life keeps trucking along and unfolding before us. The children have been crafting in their free time. Zach has been building a Waldorf village and Austin has been making and selling survival bracelets.  We have had friends up for farm campouts, bon fires, smores, and day trips.   Our days at home are slow and perfectly-paced. Not knowing what is happening from day to day with our wee little man stretches us all and we hold plans loosely in our hands. But here we are - growing alongside each other, trying new things, and falling back into the arms of each other to rejoice in the glory, the mistakes, and mostly, the adventure of it all. A lot of adventure. We continue to dream and plan and do things that are "crazy" in the eyes of the world.  Choosing to stand naked before our sovereign God, stripping off any and all fear and distrust. God's love is bigger than any earthly crisis. His ways are higher than mine so what do I have to fear. I rest knowing he holds every detail of our life in his gigantic loving hand, even though the enemy comes and tries to whisper his lies I breath deep and find my rest in his never-slipping grip. 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014


 We are loving these longer days, soaking up as many daylight hours as we can. Our barn project is getting closer and closer to completion. I love the way the boys have worked along side Chris reminds me of how the Amish do it with their children. I am sure lots of precious memories are being built in their minds.  I am enjoying the gentle rhythm of the last couple weeks. After every hospital stay it solidifies how precious time with our children really is.

There is so much negativity all around us lately in the news, so we have decided to have a media free summer. My little guys 9 and under will have no screens at all, while I will allow my older 3 sometime as needed. It's amazing the different rhythm this brings. I'd really like my children to see more of the beauty that is around them and the beauty in people. Protecting little ears from negative talk or coarse joking.

The babies continue to melt us all, I have waited a long time for them to be able to play together. I can't express the joy this bring to us. Our children all reach a place in our hearts but having a child like Henry reaches places you didn't know exist.  I am so in awe that I was chosen to be his Mama.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

This Week in the Garden

I made it down to the garden a couple times this week, I must say I am finding it really difficult to stay motivated to get down there with the babies. I want to take advantage of having our nurse snuggle the twins and use that time to get my hands dirty. 
Our beans are coming up nicely but unfortunately either Greta the goat or deer have ate my strawberry plants.  I collected raspberry leaves to dry and my tea again this summer.
Chris and Austin are making progress on the mini barn.  He has done an excellent job with taking down our old barn and salvaging the wood to build our new one. The new one will house the goat, rabbit, and the new baby chicks.
Speaking of the chicks they are growing fast!  They are still in the cute faze but that will quickly change.