Posts Tagged ‘Adventures’

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Excuse me, but your California is showing

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I am daily faced with the fact that I was born and raised in California. It’s in my blood. I love Maine. I love the people. I love the weather. I love the atmosphere. But, guess what? You can take the girl out of California….. Read More

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I am daily faced with the fact that I was born and raised in California. It’s in my blood. I love Maine. I love the people. I love the weather. I love the atmosphere. But, guess what? You can take the girl out of California…..

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Caramel for Carmel

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My little story begins with my husband and I picking up some Craigslist finds in a nearby city.  We left most of our furniture in California when we moved to Maine and have little-by-little been finding the things we need to make our home more functional.  After picking up a desk at someone’s house, we headed to the local Habitat ReStore.  On the way, my husband asked, “OK, what exactly are we still looking for?”  I listed off a few things and then I just started to pray aloud, “Lord, lead us. You know what we need to have in our home. So, let us find things that are useful and beautiful and that would be a blessing.” Read More

Caramel for Carmel

My little story begins with my husband and I picking up some Craigslist finds in a nearby city.  We left most of our furniture in California when we moved to Maine and have little-by-little been finding the things we need to make our home more functional.  After picking up a desk at someone’s house, we […]

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Things I Already Miss About California (that maybe only other Californians will understand)

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We have been in Maine 3 weeks. There are already a few things that I miss. Read More

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We have been in Maine 3 weeks. There are already a few things that I miss.

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The Maine Delay

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As many of our faithful readers know, my family has embarked on a great adventure. A big move from Urban to Rural. From West Coast to East Coast! We put all our eggs in one beautiful basket: a 19 acre farm in rural Maine! (See pictures of it here. And read the store of it here.)

Farm House in Maine

We have been immersing ourselves in all things farming. All winter we watched videos and documentaries about farming and animal husbandry. We’ve read everything our library has to offer and purchased all the Joel Salatin library. We’ve been having family meetings and planning our gardens, designing the remodels of our home. We were planning to leave Los Angeles by the end of March, getting the Maine before the ground had fully thawed so that we could hit the ground running with our plans.

The human mind plans the way, but the Lord directs the steps. Proverbs 16:9 Read More

Embracing Delays

As many of our faithful readers know, my family has embarked on a great adventure. A big move from Urban to Rural. From West Coast to East Coast! We put all our eggs in one beautiful basket: a 19 acre farm in rural Maine! (See pictures of it here. And read the store of it […]

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Family Time Bike Ride

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IMG_1706We love family bike rides!  Jordan and I have been cycling since before I got pregnant with our first daughter — a long time ago — and we have longed for the day when our girls could really join us.  Two summers ago our youngest daughter graduated to her first road bike (it was still too big for her even though it was mini!) and since then we have had some great rides.  We’ve cycled from the outskirts of Denver into downtown, from Frisco to Breckenridge, around the foothills of Mt. Ventoux, and one epic ride through Burgundy; not to mention local beach and Angeles National Forest trails.  It has been such a joy watching the girls learn to love cycling as much as Jordan and me, so we’ve set a goal. This August we are going to do our first organized ride as a family, the Central Coast Classique.  It’s 64 miles long.  We need to train.  A lot.

This past Saturday we tried a new-to-us trail, the Ventura River Trail from Ventura to Ojai.  We had a blast!  The weather was perfect, not too hot and cool shade with lots of trees lining the trail.  It was a 32-mile round trip out-and-back on what was previously the Ventura to Ojai Railroad.  These old rails-to-trails are really great because the average climb is never more than one to two percent.  The best part of this trail is the out is the uphill and the back is all down hill.  Of course we stopped for an amazing lunch at Ojai Beverage Company, a great little restaurant serving up locally sourced organic and free-range eats, not to mention some ice cold beer.  The trip made for a great family day!

The girls with our friend's son.

The girls with our friend’s son.

Jordan is such a good sport!

Jordan is such a good sport!

Of course Jewels got to come along!  She seemed to love it!

Of course Jewels got to come along! She seemed to love it!

Post-ride nap never hurt anyone!

Post-ride nap never hurt anyone!

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We love family bike rides!  Jordan and I have been cycling since before I got pregnant with our first daughter — a long time ago — and we have longed for the day when our girls could really join us.  Two summers ago our youngest daughter graduated to her first road bike (it was still […]

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A Thousand Small Noes and One Big Yes

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When it looked so decadent and piled with whipped cream, I said no to that fancy coffee drink and brewed my own at home.

When the leftovers in the lunchbox were lackluster and rather unappealing, my husband said no to the drive-thru and ate the cold spaghetti.

When that tax-refund came in and we really wanted to blow it on something frivolous, we said no, and tucked it away in savings.

When the kids wanted to head to Disneyland or Six Flags, they willingly said no, and planned family days close to home instead. Read More

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When it looked so decadent and piled with whipped cream, I said no to that fancy coffee drink and brewed my own at home. When the leftovers in the lunchbox were lackluster and rather unappealing, my husband said no to the drive-thru and ate the cold spaghetti. When that tax-refund came in and we really […]

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Wagons East (Adventures in moving a big family from the city to the country!)

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Did you ever have a dream, a wish, a prayer, something you asked the Lord for once upon a time, but then life changed?  Did you forget to cancel that request?  Well, the Lord remembers and sometimes revives old desires, causing them to bloom into a magnificent reality you really couldn’t have imagined if you tried.

Such is the case of my life.  When I was a young person, probably 15, I fell in love with a little spot in Maine called Palermo.  And I thought I would love to live there someday.  Fast forward to growing up, getting married, moving to Mongolia, moving back to California, eventually to Los Angeles.

And then somehow (the Lord knows all the inner workings of the spirit) God caused my husband to deeply desire a life in the country and to raise our children in a different context than the urban one in which we have spent most of our marriage.  Our shared dream became something altogether different than what we originally imagined.  So that we prayed, “Lord, if You will….”  And He willed.

Last week we bought a farm.  In Maine.  In Palermo.  And have started the process of making it into what we have dreamed.  Six days ago, we loaded up the family (plus a friend who is coming along to give us some more man-power) and headed East. Read More

Wagons East

Did you ever have a dream, a wish, a prayer, something you asked the Lord for once upon a time, but then life changed?  Did you forget to cancel that request?  Well, the Lord remembers and sometimes revives old desires, causing them to bloom into a magnificent reality you really couldn’t have imagined if you […]

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Links for Summer Fun!

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Is everyone enjoying the Summer as much as we are?!  We have family visiting from Mongolia, camping trips planned, birthday parties, barbecues, dance recitals, beach days and all manner of craziness in the sun!

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We’ve put together this handy list of articles to help you enjoy your Summer to the fullest! Read More

Summer Fun

Is everyone enjoying the Summer as much as we are?!  We have family visiting from Mongolia, camping trips planned, birthday parties, barbecues, dance recitals, beach days and all manner of craziness in the sun! We’ve put together this handy list of articles to help you enjoy your Summer to the fullest!

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We left in a truck and came home in a tractor…

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(AKA: Living With One Car)

How many cars are parked in your driveway?  Like most in Southern California we are a two-car family.   My husband has a truck that he drives for work, stocked with his tools and supplies.  It’s essential that he has a truck for work because he’s a skilled carpenter and handyman.  So he’s always hauling and dumping and moving tools around to various job sites.  But, of course we can’t fit our family of nine in the cab of a truck.  So, we have a suburban–that seats 11.   Yes, ma’am.  Eleven.  Just in case we have the kids’ friends spending the night or we have a couple more kids. Read More

Nothing ups your mom cred like having a tire on the front of your car.

(AKA: Living With One Car) How many cars are parked in your driveway?  Like most in Southern California we are a two-car family.   My husband has a truck that he drives for work, stocked with his tools and supplies.  It’s essential that he has a truck for work because he’s a skilled carpenter and […]

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Summer Recap

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What an amazing summer!  It was full and busy without being burdensome.  We’ve not accomplished everything on our list, but we surely did a lot of them!  It has been a blast!  Thought y’all might like an update and a few pictures.  Here’s what we did: Read More

Riding the ferry across to Balboa Island.

What an amazing summer!  It was full and busy without being burdensome.  We’ve not accomplished everything on our list, but we surely did a lot of them!  It has been a blast!  Thought y’all might like an update and a few pictures.  Here’s what we did: