The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,800 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 7 trips to carry that many people.

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I write the title of this post not as a Maxwell house accomplishment, but as a struggling child of God who wants to fulfill this command, but isn’t sure how to do it while juggling little boys. Any tips? What does this look like apart from just inviting others over for a meal? A friend of mine will often share food with others in the neighborhood. I like that idea, but fail to remember it when a surplus is available. I wish I would have remembered this idea when I was stuck with a yummy cheesecake last week and single-handedly devoured it in 48 hrs.

We all know those families who are experts in this area. We feel welcomed into their home, and the atmosphere is relaxed and inviting even if the mantle is a bit dusty (not that I looked) or the bathroom counter has an errant splash of toothpaste remaining. This is much preferable to the picture that I usually display, of a hostess running around finishing preparations like a chicken sans cabeza, and often missing a chunk of the meal to feed a tired baby.

Growing up my parents were ALWAYS inviting people over for meals on Sunday, and throughout the week. My Mom is an amazing hostess, and I love having that legacy and example to follow. If only I could figure out what that level hospitality looks like for me right now, in this stage of life.


Will this little one stand up for truth in a world that claims “there is no truth”? Will he understand his part in the crucifixion of an innocent man in an age where the good news of Christ is muddled with falsities? Will he thankfully strive to make disciples for his Lord even when he endures ridicule? How will he bring glory to God? Father, keep me from being a stumbling block to his faith in you. Help me to encourage him and not to exasperate him. Save him in spite of me.

A few weeks ago I gushed to you about my love for the Kindle. This morning I read an article by Tim Challies (author of The Next Story: Life and Faith after the Digital Explosion) about some of the downfalls of ebooks. Challies makes some excellent points, including that ebooks cannot easily be passed down when you die, and they cannot be dog-eared and marked up. Since I rarely make notes in a book (maybe that’s why I don’t remember half of what I read?) the second point doesn’t apply to me. I like the idea of purchasing physical copies of the few books that make an impact. Here is an except from the article:

I love my Kindle for light reading, for enjoying a good novel or a Christian living kind of book. But books that I am going to return to again and again and books I would want to leave behind as part of my legacy, those are volumes I still want to have in printed editions, sitting in my office, accessible to all, able to outlive me, able to represent me.

Regarding this topic, here is a reply that I posted to a friend interested in purchasing a Kindle. This information would be helpful to those who are interested in basic email checking away from home, sort of a “poor-man’s iPad”.

Some additional information that might be helpful: you can also “surf” the web on a kindle. It’s extremely slow, but under the experimental section is a basic web browser. It wouldn’t be something to replace your regular computer by any means, but I mention it because it might be helpful to certain people who are often away from home and wouldn’t mind the tedium in exchange for checking email or news. I’m not sure how much the upgrade to 3G costs for the kindle, but it’s worth checking into. A quick google search will bring up more information on this aspect of the kindle.


How is it that the boys are always able to find the first spring mud puddles, no matter how well hidden on the property? This year we’ve enjoyed such a beautiful winter, with the ability to regularly send the boys outside in the afternoons. I’m finding myself in a typical Alaskan mom’s predicament this month, wanting to send the kids outside, but not sure how to dress them and most certainly not wanting to be washing dirty play clothes (or snowsuits) constantly. Do you have any ideas?


Registration is now available for free bowling during the summer through the Kids Bowl Free program. Sign up at this link. This registration includes 2 free games of bowling each day for kids, from April 30 through September 6. For an additional $25 you can add up to four adults to the registration. These games don’t include shoe rental, but you can always comb through eBay to try to find some cheap shoes. We’re hoping to do that too 🙂 Our family took advantage of this program last summer. Sign up and come with us!