Category: The Good Life

Blueberry Picking at Vanderhelm Farms

Previously published in the Hughson Chronicle-Denair Dispatch For the third year in a row, we took the kids blueberry picking at Vanderhelm Farms. The drive takes us down a road of nostalgia paved while living in the midst of rolling hills of walnut trees. The path down Geer or Albers

One Big way to Welcome Summer

Previously published in the Hughson Chronicle-Denair Dispatch.   Welcome Summer   There are shades of green throughout my backyard: sage green, verdant green and cedar green as the wispy straw color of a thousand weeds spring up where a lawn should be. I sit on a blue-and-white-stripe-cushioned outdoor couch, draped

Smart technology will not save your life

Previously published in the Hughson Chronicle-Denair Dispatch. Reprinted with permission. We are Analog   I read “The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter” (2016) by David Sax. It sounded fun as I get looks like “I’m such a bore” when I ask someone not to interact with

Essential Projects for Summer

If you had a chance to sign up to receive the free ebook, A Mother’s Grief: Reflections on the Holy Rosary, click here. This offer ends May 31! I have heard it said Memorial Day kicks unofficially kicks off the summer season.     How will I approach this new

How to Find Hope Around You

Previously published in the Hughson Chronicle-Denair Dispatch. Signs and Stories of Hope All Around Us My story is about hope through darkness. The idea of a dark night, but the respite of looking away from our mysterious surroundings to the night sky, where the stars shine older than everything around

The most important advice I could give to a stay-at-home-parent

You know, there is no such thing as a full-time stay-at-home mom. It just sounds like a tidier answer to those who work outside the home full-time. For the woman or man who makes that choice to leave full-time employment, the answer changes, the act now is one of a

A Mother’s Grief: Reflections on the Most Holy Rosary

Update: With the End of May came the end of this offer, but sign-up to receive free reflection ebooks and mini-liturgies for the home in the future!   The irises are fading, the mums are mounting and the herbs are filling out the little flower bed whose sole purpose when

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