We use to be bloggers. Kind of. And now we do other stuff. So instead of deleting everything we've ever written, we have kept a sampling for those of you who want to get to know us a little bit better. We do plan to add to this page from time to time. We think.
The Ranch around the Corner has had a complete transformation.
So many things still to be done!
Time to start loading the rooms!
It is starting to look like a home.
The progress continues!
There are so many things to consider when you downsize.
I had no idea just how much demolition it would take!
We survived the first month!
My mom always said if you want to get a job done, give it to a busy person.
Well, there's nothing like a deadline to get us moving here at The Boxmoor!
I love books and babies.
I want to be the grandmother that leaves stories for her grandchildren to tell.
Our three-week trip out West cost less than I thought. And it was worth every penny!
We love books and want to share some of our favorites that you may not be familiar with.
Her room is neat again now that she is back at college.
When children are young, it is easy to provide the right conditions for walking in perceived truth.
My family is all about making memories, but not always big on keeping traditions.
We all have our favorite cookie recipes--you know, the ones we pull out every year to make for our families.
"Be where your feet are." These words run through my head in the moments when I find myself straining toward the future, plotting and worrying about where I'll be and what it will take to get there.
Every family has their favorite, traditional Christmas recipes; but from time to time, we all get the desire to try something new.
Well, hello again. I know I've been MIA for months now, so today I want to break the radio silence.
Jett turned five and we partied in Neverland.
I've been away at college for a month, and all I have to say is I'm in love. The people, the place, the community, the atmosphere, everything.
I have a few regrets in life, one being that I never learned geography when I was young--you know, when my mind was sharp.
I will be seeing my youngest, Tessa, off to college this week, which has made me very reminiscent and maybe a little weepy.
This weekend I hosted a Campstameet, which is basically an Instameet and a camping trip smashed together in a gigantic mess of epic-ness.
We all kind of went our separate ways this past week.
I pride myself on being clever, and I do not make any apologies about it.
Today we are sharing a story that has inspired all three of us. We hope it does the same for you.
Has anyone every told you that you are an inspiration?
One of the great advantages of having two households under one roof is the convenience it provides when it comes to borrowing--especially food items.
To celebrate Tessa's graduation from high school, she and I took a three-week trip out West to explore this great country of ours.
We loved so much about Arizona!
It really didn't seem appropriate to post on any random topic this week. It's been three years.
We, like most people, get sick of the same old meals.
We love to thrift, but we also love to shop-see (kind of like sightsee) in order take in the latest trends in fashion and decorating.
Several weeks ago, we tried to encourage you to add characters to your stories by talking to strangers.
Well, we're over a week into this thing I'm calling #thewestquest2015 and I must say it's been pretty amazing thus far. From sand dunes, to trips to New Mexico, to meeting amazing people it's kept us busy.
The list of shows that either all or one of us have watched from beginning to end as best we can remember in no particular order is as follows:
The three of us have recently taken male companions with us on our trips. And they have not been our significant others.
I learned a lot this week. Lord, have mercy.
The memories made on and the stories generated from family vacations are some of our favorites.
My family came this weekend for Tessa's graduation.
If you believe that, then it just makes sense to live in one--even a small one.
We are all avid readers. From fluff to philosophical, we read it all.
If you want to make a memory, talk to a stranger.
If you aren't growing, you aren't really living. That's how we feel about it.
We are collectors of treasures.
POSTS IMPORTED FROM OUR OTHER BLOGS
We become who we are because of the passions we hold and the people who believe (and sometimes those who don't believe) in those passions.
Now talent is an interesting topic. Most people--and I am one of them--are impressed with four main areas of talent: art, music, sports, and academics.
It was Thanksgiving, 1980. I had a three-year-old and a six-week-old baby; and for some strange reason, I volunteered to host Thanksgiving for my husband's family.
What I now conclude is that cleaning out emotional clutter takes a fair amount of courage, a good bit of introspection--and, of course, the grace of God.
I want to live an uncluttered life.
It is a lot harder than it sounds. I don't really understand why making and keeping things simple is so complicated and challenging. Simple should just be that: simple.
Am I the only one who finds it difficult to just say "thank you" when somebody offers a compliment? For years my husband has told me that I cannot take a compliment. And I suppose he's right.
GET YOUR CHRISTMAS ON 2015 POSTS
We have more ideas for the kids in your life!
Well, because I have failed you greatly this week, I am going to bless you big time with today's post because it's going to be a three-in-one!
Kelly and I came up with 25 things to stuff in those stockings!
This week's goal is to make plans to celebrate Advent.
I am thrilled to pieces because things are getting done!
It is already week seven, and if you are sticking with the plan, you should be well on your way to a stress-free Christmas this year.
This week, we get to have a little fun and start Christmas crafting!
We cannot believe how much we are accomplishing with Christmas on our minds so early!
This is week three and it's going to leave you with plenty of time to keep working your lists.
Your challenge this week--should you choose to accept it--is to work the lists, specifically the gift and craft ones.