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Sunday – From church – A vibrant spiritual life is full of faith filled anticipation and expectations. God is a God of forgiveness, no one is perfect; we all have our mountain highs and valley lows, that’s why God sent Jesus to come alongside us. Don’t run ahead of God – thinking you know what He wants, but also don’t be afraid to follow Him. Live your life, be awake, pay attention to God’s call, be patient and wait with wisdom on Him, not running ahead or falling behind – but walking where He leads. He comes with the things He wishes we would give to others – love and forgiveness, but even if people can’t give you those things – God can.
Psalm 130
1-2 Help, God—the bottom has fallen out of my life!
Master, hear my cry for help!
Listen hard! Open your ears!
Listen to my cries for mercy.
3-4 If you, God, kept records on wrongdoings,
who would stand a chance?
As it turns out, forgiveness is your habit,
and that’s why you’re worshiped.
5-6 I pray to God—my life a prayer—
and wait for what he’ll say and do.
My life’s on the line before God, my Lord,
waiting and watching till morning,
waiting and watching till morning.
7-8 O Israel, wait and watch for God—
with God’s arrival comes love,
with God’s arrival comes generous redemption…
Dinners this week – Olive Garden, grillin’ stuff, beef stew with zucchini tomato bread, black bean and sweet potato burritos with salad, sausage and fried cabbage with beet salad, lemon garlic tilapia with cream corn and brussel sprouts, grilled cheese and tomato soup
Zucchini bread with sun dried tomatoes
1/3 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes
4 small/medium zucchini
1 1/2 tablespoon salt
1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup coconut palm sugar (I am going to use less than that)
2 teaspoons dried rosemary
Rind of 1/2 lemon
2 eggs
1/4 cup water
Soak the sun dried tomatoes overnight in a bowl of water. Rinse. Grate the zucchini and mix with 1/2 tablespoon salt in a bowl. Set aside for 10 minutes, and then put in a cheese cloth and press to drain all the water. You should end up with about 1 cup of very well pressed and compacted grated zucchini. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Mix the flour, baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a bowl.
Mix the butter, sugar, rosemary, lemon rind, eggs and water in another bowl. Add the zucchini and the chopped and rehydrated sun-dried tomatoes (you can chop up the tomatoes into even smaller pieces before doing this). Mix well. Incorporate the dried ingredients and mix well until it becomes a uniform dough.
Transfer the dough to a non stick 9×5-inch baking pan. Bake the bread for 40 minutes, and then start checking every five minutes until it’s ready. You’ll know it’s ready when you pinch it with a knife and it comes out clean. Let the bread cool for 15 minutes. Run a knife along the edges and unmold.

Labor day was hot. There was a lot of smoke from a fire up in Ft. Collins, still, James, Jack and I went to the pond for a dip. We grilled hamburgers and steak, I made watermelon agua fresca, we watched some Perry Mason, took a drive and had a holiday drink at Phil’s.

Tuesday it rained, then started to snow, then stopped for a bit. Jack and I went for a walk, we haven’t picked plums yet and now we may not get to. If it snows too much they will just drop on the ground and I’m not sure how the ones left hanging will taste, so I may have missed my plum butter opportunity. James and Joel went to the range while the girls and I did some school and made zucchini tomato bread. After dinner we watched another Perry Mason while the snow fell.

Wednesday I went to NIA and Jack was not happy about the amount of snow we got. He did meet a little wren friend though (don’t worry it flew off after a few of Jack’s sniffs.)

We had a cosplay tea in the afternoon.

Thursday urban walk with Jack.

July Fourth weekend

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We started our day by going to the Paris street market, they had the booths spread out so it looked like there were more tents. Lots of cool junk to look at.

Then we dropped by Connections church to play a round of putt-putt. (We had Malia with us.) Jack went nuts when he saw the golf balls and twice he got close enough to grab at the ball and move it and once he had my golf ball in his mouth and I had to pry it out. We ended up with a 4 way tie (21) and James had 28.

James grilled a late lunch, we ate, I read, Grace chalked.

Then we put in an appearance at the neighborhood block party, I went and met my neighbor 2 doors down and then said I needed to leave because I’m having surgery and there were too many people there. The HR fireworks were canceled since we had 2 fires in the past week, but that didn’t stop the block party from popping off fireworks until 11pm. I told people to just look at pics of past fireworks – but it seems no one did.

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Sunday I had a surprise at church, they made some permanent shade instead of having to put up and take down the tents each week. I think it’s a good improvement and gives some much needed shade for the back area.

From church – Reboot: trust

Where do we place our trust in difficult times is the wrong question – Who do we place our trust in and who are we relying on to get through difficult times?

Our natural tendency is to trust in what we can see. God will never ask you to pretend like everything is okay when it’s not. When things are not okay we need to be reminded of who we put our trust in and we need to exercise the spiritual habit of trusting God. Control what you can and let God handle the rest. Remember that things are stronger when they are broken – growth often happens under pressure.

Fear can make us less loving, it steals the ability to make good choices. Fear and anxiety spread from person to person faster than any virus, the antidote to fear is trust.
Are you weary and burdened? We see problems as an absence of God, but God is drawn to weary, broken, burdened people. Remember that a yoke seems heavy, but it doesn’t mean you’re on your own. Jesus is paired with you and with Him the yoke is easy, the load is shared.

Psalm 20 1-4 God answer you on the day you crash, The name God-of-Jacob put you out of harm’s reach, Send reinforcements from Holy Hill, Dispatch from Zion fresh supplies, Exclaim over your offerings, Celebrate your sacrifices, Give you what your heart desires, Accomplish your plans. 5 When you win, we plan to raise the roof and lead the parade with our banners. May all your wishes come true! 6 That clinches it—help’s coming, an answer’s on the way, everything’s going to work out. 7-8 See those people polishing their chariots, and those others grooming their horses? But we’re making garlands for God our God. The chariots will rust, those horses pull up lame—and we’ll be on our feet, standing tall.

2 Timothy 1:7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

Matthew 11:28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

I went grocery shopping after church and had just enough time to sit for a bit before we headed out to the pet store and Stanley. Marley is staying with us for a week, he’s a good dog.

Jack is not used to sharing his bed though.

We had a nice shady spot to eat lunch and listen to David play with his other band (David Lawrence and the Spoonful.)

Then it was back home so James and Joel could go to the gun range. I read and gathered up my stuff I’m giving away at the park (school stuff, games, books, toys) and listened to my Nina Simone station. We had leftovers for dinner, sat on the porch for a bit and watched an episode of Godless.

Tips – make a grocery list (I love lists!) I make mine according to the layout of my King Soopers – Heaven help them if they ever remodel again. Clean out your fridge/pantry BEFORE you shop for the week (throw out leftovers, move things around, get rid of trash) this way when you get home you can quickly put away groceries. SHOP WITHOUT CHILDREN (if you can, call it Mommy time and have your husband watch the kids, it’s cheaper that way.)

Dinners this week – leftovers, tacos and elote corn, butternut squash lentil curry with brown rice, fettuccine alfredo with ham and peas on the side, BBQ pork sliders with coleslaw, pizza, out/grill

Butternut squash lentil curry

2 cups brown lentils
8 cups water
½ teaspoon turmeric
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 large onion, diced
2 tomatoes cored and chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 ½ tablespoons curry powder, or to taste
2 teaspoons ground cumin
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
2 cups peeled, cubed (1-inch), seeded butternut squash
2 each potatoes, unpeeled and chopped
2 carrots, peeled and diced
2 cups packed fresh spinach, chopped
1 Granny Smith apple, unpeeled, cored and diced

(follow below for stove directions, otherwise soak lentils overnight and throw everything into a crockpot for 4-6 hours on low.)

Place the brown lentils in a pan with the water and turmeric. Cook over medium-low heat until tender, about 45 minutes. Drain, reserving 2 1/2 cups of the cooking liquid.

Meanwhile, heat the canola oil in a large, deep pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion, and cook until tender and transparent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and garlic; cook 5 minutes more, stirring occasionally. Mix in the curry powder, cumin, salt, pepper, and cloves. Add the cooked lentils, reserved cooking liquid, squash, potatoes, and carrots. Cover, and cook over medium-low heat until the vegetables are tender, 35 to 45 minutes. Stir in the spinach and apple. Cook until the squash can be easily pierced with a fork, about 15 minutes more. Adjust seasonings to taste. Serve over rice.

Weekend

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James drove out to GJ Friday and came back Saturday (he was dropping Bethany’s stuff off at her house she’ll be in this semester.) I used my Saturday morning to binge watch Twilight Zone episodes, then I dropped Jack at the groomers. He spent 3 hours there getting a shave, bath, teeth and ear cleaning, nail trim and face trim. He looks like a baby and his legs look weird because usually you can’t see them, but now you can. We had dinner and watched some TV before bed.

Before –

After –

Benefit of outdoor church –

From church: What our culture needs is not superficial people, it’s deep people, people who think and act like Jesus.

What does it mean to think/have the attitude/mindset of Jesus? The Gospel is more than what saves you – it’s what shapes you. Does Jesus change the way you conduct yourself? What we do should flow out of who we are: be united and humble – which is simple to understand, but not as simple to put into practice. Satan uses our behavior to turn people away from the Gospel, it’s his easiest go to tool – let people use their words and actions to divide, sow discord, drive wedges instead of creating unity. Social media is the biggest tool of discord, it creates isolation and disconnect, division and anti-social behavior. It’s easy to attack and spew divisive things under the cover of a faceless relationship. What does it mean to have the mindset of God? Look to Jesus, give away your power and privilege, don’t look for ways to gain the upper hand, make yourself a servant with a servant’s heart, be a person who unites, strive to be a continually better version of yourself aiming to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. What do we want the world to see from Christians? A group of people that aren’t organized by politics, race, economic standing, looks, religion – the only thing we have in common is the cross of Christ and the yearning to be more like Jesus to serve a broken and hurting world.

Philippians 1:27 Meanwhile, live in such a way that you are a credit to the Message of Christ. Let nothing in your conduct hang on whether I come or not. Your conduct must be the same whether I show up to see things for myself or hear of it from a distance. Stand united, singular in vision, contending for people’s trust in the Message, the good news, not flinching or dodging in the slightest before the opposition. Your courage and unity will show them what they’re up against….

1-4 If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.

5-8 Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.

Baby Biscuit –

Happy Father’s Day! I don’t have any living dads anymore, so it was all about James today. He and Bethany went for coffee, he grilled: pork chops, chicken, sausage and watermelon for lunch. We went on a ‘find the outdoor chairs’ scavenger hunt (to no avail.) He got a card and Starbucks car from all the girls and an ocean painting from Grace. He and I went to Phil’s for a drink and we had pizza for dinner and watched Gaffigan. I’d say it was a good day.

Dinners this week – Chicken and eggplant parmesan with spaghetti, beef tikka masala over rice with sweet potatoes, chicken carbonara pasta with spinach salad, shakshuka, Thai orange chili pork over lo mein noodles with broccoli, eat out,

Shakshuka

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, diced
½ cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1 teaspoon salt, or more to taste
1 cup diced red bell pepper
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and sliced
1 teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon ground turmeric
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 (28 ounce) can crushed San Marzano tomatoes, or other high-quality plum tomatoes
½ cup water, or more as needed
6 large eggs
2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Step 1
Heat olive oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and mushrooms. Sprinkle with salt. Cook and stir until mushrooms release all of their liquid and start to brown, about 10 minutes. Stir in bell peppers and jalapeno pepper. Cook and stir until peppers begin to soften up, about 5 minutes. Season with cumin, paprika, turmeric, black pepper, and cayenne. Stir and cook to “wake up” the flavors, about 1 minute. Pour in crushed tomatoes and water. Adjust heat to medium and simmer uncovered until veggies are softened and sweet, stirring occasionally, 15 to 20 minutes. Add more water if sauce becomes too thick.

Step 2
Make a depression in the sauce for each egg with a large spoon. Crack egg into a small ramekin and slide gently into each indentation; repeat with the rest of the eggs. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook until eggs are to your desired doneness.

Step 3
Top with feta cheese and parsley.

 

 

 

Pueblo, Mother’s day

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Time to cross another item off my Bingo sheet – Bingo burger. They have a location in Colorado Springs, but we like the drive to Pueblo and the Riverwalk.

Jack got his own burger because he’s a spoiled baby.

Riverwalk.

That was a nice outing. We grilled hot dogs and sausages for dinner and watched some Diners, Drive ins and Dives.

Sunday – Mother’s day. I watched church and relaxed while food was being made. I got flowers and brunch while LAPOMPE played a virtual concert.

Then we drove to Mt. Evans to walk around Echo lake.

Dinner is a Diners, Drive ins and Dives local pizza joint – Blue Pan Pizza – it should be good.

Week – Girls trip to GJ*, clean all floors (sweep. mop, vacuum), finish school, eye doc, orthodontist, Walk2Connect, friend outing, Depression bake, Zoom youth group, hike, tiny cakes, hike/drive, church.

Dinners (starting today) – Blue pan pizza, Cuban bowl, waffles!, pork loin with couscous and brussel sprouts, coconut chicken curry with rice and cauliflower, pasta and Italian sausage, takeout, chicken enchilada casserole.

Cuban bowls

white rice
black beans
cubed pork cooked with garlic, chile powder, oregano, salt, pepper and cumin (to taste)
sauteed onions, red and green peppers cut into strips
roasted plantains

{Cilantro lime sauce
1/2 cup nonfat greek yogurt
6 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves chopped
1 teaspoon lime zest (zest of one lime)
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt

In a food processor or blender, puree all ingredients until smooth}

Assemble – rice, beans, meat, onion/peppers, plantains
Toppings – cilantro lime sauce, pico, sour cream, cheese, cilantro

 

Easter weekend

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Saturday we tried to get coffee at crazy lady’s, but she was closed, so we went to Starbucks instead. After brunch we went to Evergreen lake for a hike, it was perfect weather, not too hot, not too cold. Jack had fun pawing at the water and seeing other dogs. Though there were a lot of people at the lake, everyone was 6 feet apart (or in family groups.)

Some people had masks on (a new ‘order’ to wear them outside), but that is still voluntary and I’m not wearing one. Wearing a mask (or gloves or both) just gives people a false sense of security, those things will not protect you if someone has the virus and coughs near you. I feel like we are never going to have stay at home orders lifted because more people need to get the virus, but more people can’t get it because we aren’t all out and about. I went to the store for groceries and James BBQ’d for dinner.

Easter Sunday dawned snowy, we ‘went’ to church on FB and I started cooking. Ham, honey roasted carrots, lemon garlic asparagus, rosemary mashed potatoes, sourdough bread, pumpkin pie and lemon tarts. A feast! I set the table with china and some pine branches, we went outside for a porch portrait (my one request) and then had a late lunch. Despite the times, it was a nice family lunch. James and Joel got out for a bit, the girls played games and read, we watched Buddy vs. Duff (Buddy won!) and some other TV before bed.

Our week – School, make a leyden jar without electrocuting anyone, shovel snow, hike, Zoom TNO, Depression era baking, Zoom youth group, clean out closets, Hudson walk, weekend hike, Joel leaves for his camping/mountain hike, church.

Dinners this week- spaghetti and garlic bread, cheese enchiladas with tomatillo sauce and spanish rice, sausage and shrimp jambalaya with dirty rice, beef kofta in pita with cucumber tzatziki salad and pickled beets, chicken noodle soup with sourdough bread, take out night (pizza.)

Beef Kofta with Tzatziki

1/2 medium yellow onion
1 (2-inch) piece of ginger, peeled
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
1 pound ground beef
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 small pinch red pepper flakes
Vegetable oil, for oiling the pan
Naan or pita, for serving

Grate the onion on the large holes of a box grater and place 1/4 cup of it in a large bowl. Grate the ginger on a Microplane and place 1 tablespoon of it in the bowl. Grate the garlic on the Microplane and add it the bowl. Finely chop the parsley and mint and add to the bowl.

Add the ground beef, salt, and spices and mix quickly and gently with your hands to combine (do not overwork the meat or it will be tough). Form into 30 (2-inch balls) and place on a baking sheet. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Heat a pan lightly coated with vegetable oil on medium-high heat. Add the meatballs in batches. Do not overcrowd the pan.. Grill, turning occasionally, until brown all over and cooked through, about 6 minutes. Remove to a serving platter.

To finish, lightly grill the pitas or naan in the grill pan for about a minute to toast and warm through. Top with kofta and some tzatziki. You can also add lettuce, dill, tomatoes, cucumber, etc to the pita.

St. Patrick’s day

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So, I feel a bit better after my rant. I found out that the Turkish place does Grubhub, assuming they are still open next week I should be able to get take out from them. In other news, it’s St. Patrick’s day.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

May good luck be with you
wherever you go,
and your blessings outnumber
the shamrocks that grow.

May your days be many and your troubles be few,
May all God’s blessings descend upon you,
May peace be within you, May your heart be strong,
May you find what you’re seeking wherever you roam.

We did a bit of school, Grace made green tea matcha macaroons and made an ice cream whale.

I am forever pinch protected on St. Paddy’s day.

David from LAPOMPE had a live stream concert in lieu of the bar he was supposed to play at. I worry about the artists and small businesses, how will they get through this? The Gov. announced that schools are now off until 4/17, but he suggested that it may go longer. Not that it matters for us, on-line school continues, but for those new learning at home people it has to be scary. I chose this path, they didn’t. I’ve tried to post things on FB, links and helpful advice, but the longer people are forced to forgo gatherings, the harder it will be. I had to cancel all of the stuff for April and it hurts, I have canceled maybe 3 or 4 things in the past 14 years with our homeschool group. A few were blizzards, so out of my control. But, I held co-ops and classes while Grace was in the hospital and right after I got out of the hospital, so I don’t like to cancel things. I’m hoping the while Covid-19 situation gets better – soon. People think homeschoolers just stay home all day (and some do), but not us. I (and the girls) are missing so many things like co-ops, field trips, theater shows, lectures, library events, art club, kindness krewe, church youth group, Police explorers, community events, festivals, volunteering, hiking, etc. At least we can still hike, for now.

Valentines

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We baked some cupcakes for the senior home and cookies for the librarians for Valentines day. I took some pics of Jack and then we headed out to hand out our treats and cards.

Then we headed to the Milk market for pizza, some pictures and roses.

Then it was over to Zoey’s pet shop for Jack treats.

We chilled at home for a bit, then the girls went to an Anti-Valentine’s party. James met us at the library and we walked around till the girls were done, then dropped Jack at home and went to dinner at Taco Bell. ‘

One of those weeks

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Since Monday was a holiday, James was home and school didn’t start yet. It kind of threw off my week because every day felt like it should be the day before. Monday we drove to Fort Collins and found a place that had outdoor seating (for Jack.) They had some good poutine and sliders. It was right next to Insomnia cookies, so we had to try them. Those cookies were huge, warm and so good.

We went to a park and walked around the pond. I thought it was the same pond the girls and I had been to in the Summer, but this was Prospect ponds and the other was Riverbend ponds.

Tuesday we had to take Mousse to the vet for an abscess on his cheek. They cut it and drained it and gave us some meds. It’s really hard to give meds to a rat and clean his face. I also saw my cardiologist and she said my EF was up to 60% (75% is good/normal) and dropped 1 of my BP pills to 1 time a day (instead of 2.) This should help with the dizziness. She left the beta blocker and rest of the meds as is and said to check back in a year.

Hannah had her Police Explorer meeting, but they didn’t tell her it was at a different location, so we went to the Police station, then had to drive back to Parker arts. Wednesday I drove Grace to Vail to sit in on a lecture about Gore creek and the bugs/water quality. Turns out the guy giving the presentation is one of the people who checks River Watch bug samples. So, that was cool.

Wednesday was also One Night at youth group and the girls invited some friends to come. There was an ice cream bar, games, prizes and inflatables. Thursday I dropped James at work, took Jack to the dog park and then the vet. He’s been super itchy and after a skin test they don’t know why. They gave me a liquid to put on him that will kill anything (if there is anything to kill) and a medicated shampoo that should help with the itching. I think he’s going to be the cleanest dog on the block pretty soon.

We did some school then Grace and I met a friend and her kids at the river. They wanted to see what sampling looked like and see a test, so we grabbed water and did DO. The sky from up to downstream and right to left bank looks very different.

I took Jack to the dog park again, and then he got a bath.

Today we’re catching up on school and then heading to the MCA for tiny hibachi and mariachi.

Well, the grill (and food) was tiny.

The exhibit downstairs was really cool.

Friday

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I took James to work and Jack and I stopped on the way home to walk. The ice crystals were very pretty.

We did some school then headed over to the K12 office for a Winter social, making gingerbread houses and other holiday fun.

We headed back home to catch the Highlands Ranch hometown holiday tree lighting. Our tree looks like a Charlie Brown tree, just bigger.

Thanksgiving

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#famouswomen

Sacagawea 1788-1812

Born circa 1788 in Lemhi County, Idaho. The daughter of a Shoshone chief, Sacagawea was a Shoshone interpreter best known for serving as a member of the Lewis and Clark expedition into the American West—and for being the only woman on the famous excursion. Much of Sacagawea’s life is a mystery. Around the age of 12, Sacagawea was captured by Hidatsa Indians, an enemy of the Shoshones. She was then sold to a French-Canadian trapper named Toussaint Charbonneau who made her one of his wives.

Sacagawea and her husband lived among the Hidatsa and Mandan Indians in the upper Missouri River area (present-day North Dakota). In November 1804, an expedition led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark entered the area. Often called the Corps of Discovery, the Lewis and Clark Expedition planned to explore newly acquired western lands and find a route to the Pacific Ocean. The group built Fort Mandan, and elected to stay there for the winter.

Lewis and Clark met Charbonneau and quickly hired him to serve as an interpreter on their expedition. Even though she was pregnant with her first child, Sacagawea was chosen to accompany them on their mission. Lewis and Clark believed that her knowledge of the Shoshone language would help them later in their journey. In February 1805, Sacagawea gave birth to a son named Jean Baptiste Charbonneau. Despite traveling with a newborn child during the trek, Sacagawea proved to be helpful in many ways. She was skilled at finding edible plants. When a boat she was riding on capsized, she was able to save some of its cargo, including important documents and supplies. She also served as a symbol of peace — a group traveling with a woman and a child were treated with less suspicion than a group of men alone.

Sacagawea also made a miraculous discovery of her own during the trip west. When the corps encountered a group of Shoshone Indians, she soon realized that its leader was actually her brother Cameahwait. It was through her that the expedition was able to buy horses from the Shoshone to cross the Rocky Mountains. Despite this joyous family reunion, Sacagawea remained with the explorers for the trip west. After reaching the Pacific coast in November 1805, Sacagawea was allowed to cast her vote along with the other members of the expedition for where they would build a fort to stay for the winter. They built Fort Clatsop near present-day Astoria, Oregon, and they remained there until March of the following year.

Once Sacagawea left the expedition, the details of her life become more elusive. In 1809, it is believed that she and her husband — or just her husband, according to some accounts — traveled with their son to St. Louis to see Clark. Pomp was left in Clark’s care. Sacagawea gave birth to her second child, a daughter named Lisette, three years later. Only a few months after her daughter’s arrival, she reportedly died at Fort Manuel in what is now Kenel, South Dakota, around 1812. After Sacagawea’s death, Clark looked after her two children, and ultimately took custody of them both.

I am thankful that I got a lot of food prepped yesterday. That meant less standing and cooking today.

Thankful for laundry to do
Puppy hairs on the floor
A sink full of dishes
And butterfly kisses.

Thankful for learning at home
Walks in the snow
Date night with my love
And whatever licorice is made of.

Thankful for family
Both near and far
For friends to hang with
And life that’s a gift.

Thankful for no hospital stays
Warm blankets and cocoa
For a trusty blue van
And slightly crooked snowman.

Thankful for golden sunsets.
And clear rushing creeks
For a snow capped mountain view
Aspen trees and skies so blue.

Thankful for another day
For every breath to breathe
For joy, peace and love
And every good gift from above.

-L

Jack had his own little Thanksgiving dinner (and turkey off the table.)

Bethany gave us some early Christmas presents, here is another snowman for my collection (filled with candy and popcorn.) We went around the table saying what we were thankful for (no hospital stays hit the top of my list.) Hannah also gave each of us a note about why she was thankful for us.

Here is our beautiful autumn palette of food. Smoked turkey, then from the bottom going clockwise: Italian sausage cornbread dressing, sweet potato, corn and black bean salad, brown rice chutney with apricots, roasted cauliflower, raisins and almonds and Grace’s pistachio honey chili brussel sprouts. Pecan and pumpkin pie for dessert.

We hauled out the Christmas tree and stuff and decorated.

We fought over light color.

We went on a Harriet hike/Thankful walk by the Platte river.

Look at our wicked icicles on the house!

Joel called and we talked for a bit, he went over to a neighbor’s house for dinner and he went to the gun range. We had some pie, then everyone (except for me) went to Target to look around. They said it wasn’t very busy at all. We capped the night off with a Columbo.