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Cakeway to the West–Emma Kunz House

200 Years Old

On this date in 1814, an acre of land was donated by farmer George Blair for a new town square. (He also donated an additional adjoining 25 acres for the new county seat.)

He named his gift “Belleville,” which means “beautiful city” in French. There have been many significant events on the square, including speeches by two presidents and a nationally-renowned art festival. Things look very different 200 years later, but it’s still the heart of our town!



“Poopsy Pets?!?”

I really think I’ve finally seen everything:

I may be late to this party, but I’ve just never seen anything like this before. Until today. We were wandering around Target this morning and spotted the Moxie Girlz. But not just “girlz.” The “girlz” have pets. That poop. And not just any kind of poop, but rainbow, glitter, and jewel poop. I guess the unicorn that poops rainbows makes a certain amount of twisted sense, but I can’t even stretch to explain the koala and bunny. And if that’s not disturbing enough, you feed these animals their little pellets to start the whole process over.



Even the children were appalled. We had a good laugh, but none of us could figure out WHY anyone would want this toy. I mean, seriously…have toy manufacturers gotten so desperate that this is all that is left? These almost make “Bratz” dolls seem tolerable (then again, it’s the same company…no surprise there!). Maybe I’m just getting old, but is there not even a slightly more appropriate toy that they could have invented?

Toys sure have changed since I was a kid!

A Calendar for Lent

Moose has really been interested in when each of the special days in Lent are going to happen, so in addition to our Jesus Tree, I decided to make a calendar where he can see when all of the special days occur:


We’re marking the current day with the purple cross. All of the Sundays are marked, as well as dates like St. Patrick’s Day, the Annunciation, and, of course, the days of Holy Week.

I’m sure it would look better if we had a color printer, but for now, this will do. I used tape on the movable dates, so we’ll be able to use this calendar for years to come!

Cakeway to the West–Eckert’s

Observing Lent at Home

Yesterday I was a guest on KFUO’s Faith ‘n’ Family to discuss ideas for observing Lent in the home, including our favorite activity, the Jesus Tree. If you’re wondering what our observances look like, or are looking for ideas to use in your own home, please take some time to listen…hopefully, I made sense, and didn’t sound as nervous as I felt!

The Long Winter

Did you ever read the Laura Ingalls Wilder book, The Long Winter?┬áIn reality, this winter has had little in common with that title, as we haven’t had blizzard after blizzard for month one end, and our whole town isn’t in danger of starving to death (or freezing to death), because the trains haven’t been able to get through. But compared to other winters we’ve had here, it has been a very long winter.


I know it doesn’t look like much in the picture (certainly nothing compared to the foot and a half of snow we had in that one January storm), but we have snow on top of sleet on top of ice right now, to go with our bitterly cold wind chills. That’s a pretty good metaphor for what the whole winter has been, and to be frank, I’m tired of it! Come July, however, I’ll probably have forgotten that I ever felt this way…such is life in the Midwest!


This is the view from our front door this morning:


Even though it looks like snow, it’s all sleet (on top of a thin layer of ice). It’s quite slippery out there, although, I suppose it could be worse…it could be all ice! We’re not done with winter weather for the day, however…the snow isn’t even supposed to get here until later!

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