My mother’s mother and loving to the end of our days.

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It’s been a quiet spring around here. My grandmother died. I’m sorry if that sounds abrupt. She passed away on February 28 and I just haven’t known how to sit down and write those words before now.

So it’s been knitting,  lighter posts, and sometimes silence because that’s been easier for me than dealing with the mortality of those that I love, as well as my own. I long for heaven, but sometimes I wish we could all go together and no one had to miss anyone or leave anyone behind. Ever.

At first I couldn’t get past the soundbite part of the event.

Do you know what I mean when I mention the soundbite part of a life event? Where you replay it over and over in your head in little one or two line summaries, or soundbites, imagining how you would explain it to someone else, and you don’t let it touch you any deeper than that because … well, because you simply can’t. Not yet.

Or maybe I’m the only one who does things like that.

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Introducing the Postcard: a monthly newsletter from Simple Kids monthly newsletter sign upHello friends! Just hopping on here really quickly to share with you something new. In fact, in all of my years of blogging (closing in on a decade now, wow) I’ve never done this before: start a newsletter.

That’s right, Simple Kids is going to have it’s very own newsletter!

My vision is a monthly letter from me with inspiration for simple living and parenting, with super yet simple kids crafts, encouragement, interviews, and content that you won’t find here on the blog. I want this to be an enrichment, something extra – a love note of sorts, from me to you as we care for our kids and learn and grow as parents.

I’m excited because it reminds me of my zine making days – something homemade from me to you every month, only digital instead of drawn with a sharpie and xeroxed.

The first issue is going out May 1st and after that it should be hitting your email mailboxes once a month or so.

If you’d like to sign up, and I’d sure appreciate it if you would, you can do so here:


Kara’s Journal and the last day of the bundle sale


As we start the week … This week I want to focus on JOY. We are winding down the homeschool year (only about a month left) and my husband’s busiest season of work is over. We’ve made it through and we’re getting back to our normal rhythm and routine.

I want to make sure that I’m mindful of the happy, bright moments in each day and that I’m keeping my focus on the good. I know that my attitude tends to affect the whole household, so if I want a joyful home it starts with me.

I am thankful … for a forecast which is promising me warmer temperatures and sunnier skies than last week. Something to be pretty joyful about, indeed!

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