Large Family Question #2

The girls named these the “joyful plate”, “happy plate”, and “gleeful plate”. I enjoyed reading the responses many of you sent to my first question that was posed by a blog friend who is adjusting to her recently enlarged family. I have a new question from her, but first I need to answer Question...

Large Family Tip #2

Our first dinner as a complete family on the day that K. and Russ arrived home from Ethiopia. (Yes, the rice cooker is on the table and the rice is not in a nice serving bowl; it was a full day.) As I’ve been considering the things that help me manage my home and...

Large Family Tip #1

Over the years I’ve had many people ask me how I run a household with such a large family. I know that there are many experts out there, but I find that I am still learning from other moms, so I plan to blog about some of the things that have helped me manage...

Favorite Simple Dinners for the Busy Family

Are you tired of cooking dinner night after night? Do you feel like it’s impossible to keep coming up with healthy and original meals? I know what it’s like to be uninspired and cook the same things over and over. Are you carrying a heavy load as a parent? Sometimes routine tasks (like cooking) get pushed aside as we...

Four Simple Tips For Family Dinners

33 years – that’s how many years Russ and I have been sitting down to dinner together. Actually, more if you count the cafeteria at Seattle Pacific University. There were dinners at the group home where we worked the first year of our marriage. Later we dined in our 6th-floor apartment near Pike Place...