How to Travel to Europe With Kids

Hello darlings! We are back from a great adventure that took all six of us to Spain, England, and France. It was incredible, hard, wonderful, and now a bit surreal. After my 1300+ picture download, it’s hard to know where to start. If you’ve ever wanted to travel abroad with the family, here are some […]

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Traveling Back in Time

Cope and Nelson were able to be part of a fantastic project last month:  Recreating a scene from an old photograph found in Andover’s archives. “Naughty” Ned Set in the 1800’s, this was Andover’s first school house.  Cope was May and the narrator.  They really got into it.  (It’s all about the drama) A one […]

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A Really S-L-O-W Summer

I’m feeling something I haven’t felt in years: the huge relief of a slow, summer day. Honestly, it makes me a bit weepy. At the moment, my two older kids are traveling (England) and working (grounds maintenance) and the younger two are in school until June 23rd (have to admit…it’s lovely quiet!) Graduation has occurred, […]

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10 Reasons You Might Want to Go On a Cruise

Before this year, I’d never been on a cruise ship before. It’s not the type of vacation my parents ever took us on growing up. Cruise ships were for other people. Besides, getting on a boat with a few hundred strangers? No, thank you. But when my mother had the brilliant idea of taking her daughters and […]

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Thankful for the Good Ones

Last night Brynne was writing the answer to an assigned essay. The question: “Is religion important to a region? Why or why not?” Brynne quite indignantly wrote: “Religion is important to a region because it helps solve problems and causes less contention between people. Without religion, there might be more conflict, more worldwide issues, and more separation […]

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In the Heart of the Sea…is my girl

Ahoy, mates! Somewhere on the ocean blue, is a boat. On this boat, in the heart of the sea…is my girl, Cope. A daily text, tells me where this boat is sailing… This boat is hunkered down in the harbor of Connecticut near Mystic as Hurricane Joaquin shows off a bit. With Cope are 21 of her classmates, a captain, and […]

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To Kim, the Young Mom Who Inspired Me

It’s been a great summer. We’ve traveled to foreign lands, gathered for sweet reunions, and swum and swam the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans blue. We’ve soaked up summer, swimming at the local lake every day, and eating too much ice-cream. It’s been glorious. Among all the great and grand adventures, something very ordinary occurred in my […]

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