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  • Never apologize for your own sense of beauty.
    Nobody can tell you what you should love.
    Do what you do brazenly and unapologetically.
    You cannot build your sense of aesthetics on a consensus.
    ~CJ Nicolai

  • Have a seat. Grab a cup of coffee. There's so much to share here. Food. Pictures. Stories. Laughter. Tears. Joy. Beauty. Family. Friends. People I just met. I like to find the magic in the ordinary. I like to make the ugly not so much. This is my life.... come on in!

Visitors from Up North

This sweet little one came to visit from up north, and hadn’t been feeling too well, so we tried to stay mostly inside at her grandma’s. We only ventured out for a bit and she got to feel grass, or um, prairie weeds for the first time.  She had grown so much since the last time I saw her and is now sitting and cooing and has the most beautiful blue eyes. You guys know I’m a sucker for blue eyes!

Earth Day Flops 2014

Well, today was Earth Day. I tried and failed many, many projects. Fusing plastic bags to form shapes is completely impossible AND when you melt them in a pan of oil, they stink and turn into a hug blob goo, which you can mold, but it’s kind of gross.  But, now I know, if all my dishes broke, or I were to get burglarized, I could, if I had to, turn Walmart bags into bowls over an open fire. Let’s just hope that doesn’t ever happen.

They would look like this…a bowl full of brains.

Meanwhile, school let out early and I forgot.

I FORGOT my child.

Stellar parental moment.

Here is how the conversation went with sweet lady at school:

Hi Stacey!

Well, hi sweet school lady! How are you? How’s everything going for you today? Is Dino Dude sick?

Well no….it was an early release today.


Throat groan.


So…. all I could think of while driving the 5 blocks to the school was the time I was left at school, by my mom, who forgot me,  and I decided to walk to where my mom was (from a new school in a new BIG town) and ended up getting horribly lost and completely panicked. And I cried and cried. And then my big, much older brother, with a car full of his buddies,  found me walking along main street sobbing. I was horrified.

I pictured my kid sitting  there sobbing.

And he wasn’t.

He was happy as a lark.

So, when we got home, we tried another project, one we had already done years ago. We painted with natural colors, boiled food and spices. And it turned out awesome. And then the neighborhood kids showed up to play and all was good in the world again.

Happy Earth Day All. Be kind to it, it’s the only one we’ve got.


An Easter Project Weekend

For the first time in years we stayed home and did not cook for Easter. It was fantastic (thank you friends for “inviting” us to spend the day with you and for the delicious food!) I didn’t worry about food. My dino dude is getting a little old for Easter egg hunts, and he has kind of disliked them all along the way, so we didn’t worry about that either. It was kind of awesome actually. We went to sunrise service and then spent the rest of the day trying not to be tired! We dyed eggs earlier in the week (using the rubber band  method) and made an awesome carrot cake (you can find the recipe here.)

But before we sang our alleluias , we spent the day watching a kiddo play soccer and then started a new garden project. Boxes. We have to raise part of our garden this year. The weeds are absolutely uncontrollable. Normally after a few years , they kind of just go away…but these guys are ruthless. So up we go. And since the little man is getting a little bit older….he was put in charge of painting the garden fence. I love handing that job over to him.

We also had a little bit of progress on the Dino Dudes new room (it has been a looooooooooooong drawn out process since the last update, so thank goodness we aren’t any any hurry really) The window went in last week…..AND NOW THERE IS LIGHT!!!! YAY! Egress windows are crazy to put in and the guidelines are really strict about them if you intend to ever sell the house, so it’s pretty big. Enough for a big person to just step up and get out.

The Easter Fire

Sharing old photos now and again, makes me smile. It reminds me of how far we’ve come. How different our lives are. How we’ve been truly blessed all along the way. And some of the awesome stories we’ve shared.

One of my favorite Easter stories, was the year the fire department joined us.

It was a beautiful day. We played catch outside. Of course took some pictures together, because that was our family at that time, and that’s what we did (My husband also wore Hawaiian shirts for everything. He still tries occasionally.)

And  then….our turkey fryer caught the deck of my brother-in-law’s second story apartment on fire. The thermometer broke, so the oil caught fire and the more air we let in, the more fire there was.  The entire deck was engulfed in flames, but nothing actually burnt down. It was the one and only time I’ve seen the glass broken for a fire extinguisher, and actually used, by third, honorary Koerwitz brother.

Cars had lined up along the street and and called the fire department. It was awesome. And memorable.

We still ate the turkey, 4 hours later, and after we cooked it in the oven. And the fire department was just happy to have something to do that Easter Sunday.

He’s Mobile

The last time I saw him, he was just kind of moving around. A little.

And now….he’s is cruising and moving and talking and has a whole personality all his own! It was awesome. It’s fun to see that change from tiny baby to tiny toddler. He kept us on our toes!

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