Road trip day 2

We made it to Rapid City last night. It was much later than I’d hoped but we had a nice stop at the Little Bighorn Battlefield (Custer’s last stand).

Can’t blog on the road when we’re driving, but still hope to get some pics up soon!

Mt. Rushmore today!! Watch for updates from each day’s writing that I did along the way!


So much blogging to do so little time…

So, we’re off on our big road trip this morning and I am so far behind on my blog it’s really bugging me! I have drafts written of our garden, Ashley’s allergy shots, Jordan’s school choir performance, his field day, and so much more – ugh. Well, I’ll see what I can get done on the road – who knows?!

Love to all,


P.S. Billings, MT is today’s destination!

Ride the Ducks

Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation has brightened our family’s life for over 5 years due to the chronic nature of Jordan’s illness. We have done all kinds of fun events with them – including Jordan throwing out the first pitch. The latest event was to “Ride the Ducks” through downtown Seattle. I have thought this looked like fun ever since I first saw the odd vehicle, and boy was it!

We were blessed to see long-time friends Jon and Camille Pook and their four children there, something truly orchestrated by God. Before we left the house Bekah asked if there would be anyone she knew on the “duck”, to which I had to reply “not that I know of…” But God knew just what would make this an absolute perfect time for Bekah. Occasionally, Starlight teams up with other community programs as fundraising opportunities, and this was one of those times. Starlight and Swedish Hospital created a partnership and as the kick-off, families from both programs were invited to Ride the Ducks. The Pook family is part of Swedish’s program, we’re a part of Starlight, and God’s a part of both! How cool is that?! Bekah had such a great time bouncing on the seat with Kendra and Sophia. AND, it was covered by media (TV and print/protography) and the girls made it on the 9, 10, and 11:00 news!! They were quite the cuties ‘sitting’ together on the bouncy bench seat.

(The woman seated in front of us with the baby is Starlight’s fearless Family Coordinator, Erin Behen, with her cutie son, Brenden.)

Just goes to show…

…What one sibling has – no matter what it is – the other one will want it!

Bekah goes for a stroll with Jordan’s old walker, her blankie, purse, and bunny “Mimsy”.

Moon Craters

Bekah loves her science through K12. The last unit of the year has been about the moon and an experiment was just the perfect way to enjoy it. She loves donning her goggles and getting down and dirty…

Making our \

A thick layer of sand, followed by a layer of flour, topped off with cocoa powder created a simulated moon surface for us to conduct our Moon Crater experiment.


Once the ‘moon’ was complete, the next step was to simulate rocks battering the surface…


Bekah learned that although God protects our Earth with an atmosphere that burns up almost all rocks headed for us, the uninhabited moon has no such protective layer and therefore ends up marred as rocks of varying sizes continually batter it.

The craters and \'moon dust\'

As evidenced by the cocoa powder all over the place, dropping the marbles and making the ‘moon dust’ go poof was a lot of fun. It would have been nice if we’d been able to get the marbles out each time by simply touching them with tape like the directions said, but we had to work at extracting them a little more than that! Another fun and learning science experiment!

Neck pillow sewing project


Ashley\'s 1st sewing project

Having read somewhere along the way that neck pillows can be a helpful thing to have on a roadtrip, the creative juices started flowing and before long the girls and I were busy at the project. A quick search on the internet yielded several patterns, the need to be thrifty reminded me of the box of fabric in the garage (for that day down the road when I learn to quilt – it’s all kinds of fabric scraps from my married life), and then we were ready to pin and cut.

It was interesting to me that I’d never taught Ashley to sew… but Willie reminded me that though I sewed FOR her when she was younger, by the time she was old enough to learn I had pretty much stopped sewing (3 kids, including Jordan, was a little crazy). So, she had to learn everything from pinning to feeding fabric into the machine so it would stitch on a curve. She did great; even learned that boo-boos in the seam allowance are easy to fix!

 Finished pillows

Fabrics included:

Bekah: squares, originally used as gifts of dresses for girls within our church (1996?); Ashley: blue & white pattern, originally used as curtains in one of our first homes (1993?); Willie: fish (of course!), originally valances for a den area in one of our first homes (also ’93ish); Jordan: blue and gold stars, from curtains in his first bedroom (1998); Steph: pink floral, from a dress I made for Ashley (1997).

My worst fear is that one of the seams will give out and we’ll have a car-full of rice and beans!! We did figure out that they can be heated in the microwave though, so that’s pretty neat.