Ice, Ice, Baby: Freezing in Melbourne

September 10, 2013 in Australia, Oceania, Travelogue

I could tell you about the excitement level Ezra woke up with at the promise of attending an ice bar. I could tell you about whizzing around the rink playing […]

Home Sweet Drysdale

August 24, 2013 in Australia, Oceania, Travelogue

It’s been a week since we arrived in Drysdale and checked into our housesit. It’s only our second one, so it still feels a bit odd to me to roll […]

Road Schooling: A snap shot

August 20, 2013 in Education

Yesterday was our first day of a new school year for our family. Of course what that means, exactly, is hard to define for anyone not “us” because we are […]

Happy Birthday Elisha

July 24, 2013 in Inspiration

Today is Elisha’s 13th birthday. Of all of my children, Elisha has been the “easiest.” He’s a mellow soul, just like his Daddy. From his first day of life he’s […]

On Teenagers and Life

July 23, 2013 in Education

Tomorrow morning we’ll wake up singing. It’s our tradition to sing to the birthday child before he’s even out of bed, and it sets a joyous tone for the day. […]

Notes on Manhood: by Andreas Linnell

June 30, 2013 in Education

As some of you know, we celebrate turning 13 in a big way in our family. It’s a turning point of sorts, a right of passage, if you will, and […]

The Brotherhood of Traveling Children: On friendships

June 27, 2013 in blog, Education

We are asked, on occasion, what we “do” about the social needs of our children. Granted, the question has never been asked by anyone who’s actually met our children.  Spend […]

Of Burns, Boys and Bleh

June 5, 2013 in New Zealand, Oceania, Travelogue

It has been a week of mishaps.  It started on the eve of our anniversary, when I scalded my arm.  It was dumb, really. We were parked at an angle […]

Crossing the Cook Strait: Notes from the end of the world

May 31, 2013 in New Zealand, Oceania

I have no fingernails left. They’ve worn off along with the outer layer of the spoon I’ve been sanding. I’m carving it from a little piece of driftwood that I […]

Otago Central Rail Trail: Omakau to Clyde: Day Two

May 8, 2013 in New Zealand, Oceania, Travelogue

Have I mentioned how much I miss my bike shorts and gloves? No? Perhaps because I didn’t remember until this morning, when I positioned my (no longer trail hardened) bottom […]