What’s on my RSS (blog) feed reader?

February 18, 2013 § 5 Comments

In my spare time (which is sparser these days with a child in the house), I enjoy looking at other people’s blogs. They are all women authors and I love the ideas, creativity, and the reality of life that people are willing to share. I also appreciate the variety of philosophies and points of view. Some of the blogs are funny, some are serious, some are pretty, some are raw but all are inspiring. Some of the authors I have become friends with in real life and others feel like friends when I sit down to read what they have written.

Here are some of my favorites:

  • Bakers Dozen and Apollo XIV – Renee blogs about her “big family” life in the Bellingham, Washington area with fourteen children. Her and her husband have adopted both domestically and internationally and also have biological children. Her last child, Apollo, has had enormous medical complications resulting from his now-repaired double aortic arch. Renee is also a great birth, family, and newborn photographer and her photos make the blog very pretty to look at.
  • Enjoying the Small Things – Kelle Hampton (author of Bloom and Florida photographer) writes about her life with her children and stopping to enjoy the small things. Nella, her second child, was unexpectedly born with Down Syndrome. Kelle is an excellent writer and is very inspiring to read about her journey in special needs parenting.
  • Jones Design Company – Emily blogs about crafts, designs, and making things pretty. She also shares about her children and family life in rural Washington. Great tutorials and many free downloads.
  • Livesay [Haiti] Weblog – The Livesay family writes about their family and experiences living as missionaries in Haiti. They run a maternal health home for poor women in order to prevent an orphan crisis. Well written posts and very thought-provoking.
  • Rage Against the Minivan – Kristen blogs about a variety of topics, including politics, adoption (2 of her children are adopted), racial issues, family issues, entertainment, and multiple types of charity work. Her writing is raw and sarcastic at times. Great links to other blogs and articles on the web as well through her “That’s what she said” series.
  • Sister Haiti {Mama Uganda} – Salem writes about her adopted special needs children. She is a great advocate for more people to adopt children with special needs and is very articulate with the way she writes. Seeing videos of her kids and reading her blog series, “The New Faces of International Adoption” was one of the deciding factors for us in adopting Nathaniel.
  • So That He Might Increase – my friend Beth blogs about her life as a missionary in Lusaka, Zambia with her son Joab who has an undiagnosed sensory disorder resembling autism. She is witty, thoughtful, and fun. I love that she shares about the other parts of her life, not just her ministry.
  • Soule Mama – Amanda blogs about their dreamy little farm and country life in rural Maine. She is a beautiful photographer and can make anything look pretty and artistic. She is an avid knitter and is learning to spin wool from her own sheep. She lives close to the earth and is a Mama and teacher to her 5 children living side by side in a “unschooling” environment.

Do you have any favorites? Please share!



What I’ve been up to…

March 9, 2011 § 1 Comment


This last two weeks, I feel like I’ve had my life just put into proper perspective.   Two weeks ago, during my last stretch off, I took time to go to my parent’s lake house in Chelan.  It was just me and Jesus.  I had read about people doing these retreats into the mountains but had never attempted it myself.  Honestly, it was hard at first.  I had just come off of a long stretch of work and I was tired.  The first night (and day) I slept 18 hours (!) and was on a funky schedule.  Such is the life of a night shifter (see here for more on that).  I tried to pray and read and study my Bible like I’d planned but it was very difficult.  I felt like all I wanted to do was sleep. The third day, I got up and made it on a walk to my favorite place – a rock outcropping showing a 180 degree view of lake (see here). It was such a sweet time with the Lord!  I remember my college freshmen health teacher (who had absolutely no claim on a personal religion) talking about how spiritual it is being in the mountains. When you’re there, breathing the fresh mountain air, soaking up the sun, and taking in the beauty of creation, how can you not say that it is a spiritual experience?? In fact, scripture talks about how the mountains are an example to us of God’s righteousness and declare His glory. I didn’t have a specific word that God spoke to me but I knew that I was WITH Him. I reflected on the Gospel. I felt renewed spiritually. It was the same feeling I get when I get away for a weekend with Ben – we may not talk about anything specific but we leave that time feeling close to each other and renewed in our love for one another.  Obviously, God doesn’t need this but I sure do.

Quiet Time

I then headed to Portland, OR to spend time with the lovely Casey Tait.  We had a lovely time together!  We talked our hearts out, shopped, studied/worked and drank good coffee in one of Portland’s premier coffee shops.  I was so thankful for good friends to share life with.


Good Coffee

I’m now back to “normal” life – work, laundry, dishes, cooking, etc. But my heart is happy, peaceful, and content.  I’m so very thankful for this time of reprieve and refreshing.


{Quotables} On time management

February 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

“We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery.”

– H.G. Wells

Community…find one!

February 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

We have such a wonderful community group at Church…it is close to our home and filled with people who are also passionate about the Gospel and loving people in their community (see also here for our Haiti event we did together). We are young and old, singles and marrieds. It is always a breath of fresh air to be with our “CG”, as we call it. It’s funny because I probably wouldn’t normally have been hanging out with some of these people but it’s amazing how the Lord knits people’s hearts together.


Tonight, I’m making garlic mashed potatoes (also seen here) for a fried chicken dinner potluck we’re having. We will eat fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and pie and then we will talk about the message from the week and share about our lives. Community is a beautiful thing. Get in one!

{Movie Monday} Time-lapse Photography of the Milky Way

February 7, 2011 § 3 Comments

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll know that I am somewhat obsessed with time-lapse photography. It’s magical to me – you take ordinary images and turn them into extraordinary video simply by watching time pass by. For this Movie Monday, I have a link to a time-lapse video of the Milky Way. It is truly marvelous. Enjoy!




Photography Favorites II

January 13, 2011 § 4 Comments

Here is the second segment in a series I’m entitling “Photography Favorites.” To be honest, I’m not completely happy with a few of the pictures themselves but I love the ideas they communicate. In case you missed it, the first in this series is here



“As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” Genesis 8:22


"All the paths of the LORD are lovingkindness and truth to those who keep His covenant and His testimonies" Psalm 25:10


"It was You who set all the boundaries of the earth; You made both summer and winter." Psalm 74:17


"If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing." 1 Corinthians 13:2


"On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night." Psalm 63:6

*Can you tell I’m back on night shift??*


"'Men of Galilee,' they said, 'why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.'" Acts 1:11


"'Return to your house and describe what great things God has done for you.' So he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him." Luke 8:39



January 7, 2011 § 1 Comment

I’ve decided that my favorite place on earth is Lake Chelan. It’s a wonderful and beautiful place and every time I visit I feel my heart sigh in contentment. (See here for the summer time view)


Lake Chelan

Italy was pretty, England was nice but there’s just nothing quite like your home state. Ah…



We spent New Year’s over at my parent’s vacation home and tried to stay warm (the temperatures were a balmy 14 F degrees!).  We really had to bundle up for our walk but the views were worth it. In the evenings, we played games (hand and foot, Scrabble, Farkle, Sequence) and watched movies. What a lovely and relaxing weekend!

Out for a walk


The happening place in town on a cold wintry night is the local bowling alley. As a kid, I LOATHED bowling. But as an adult, I’ve come to appreciate the finer points of the game and in one of the games (with a little coaching from my better half) got 3 spares in a row. I call it a chicken (*Note* getting 3 consecutive strikes in a row is called a turkey. My personal poultry designation seemed appropriate).


Because Ben won, I’m calling it a win for me (because we’re one). That sounds reasonable, right?

The Score

Good bye, Chelan! Until we meet again…


The Menenbergs and the Wetterlings



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