Eating Local, in Season…and with Grace

The other day, my mom brought us a bag of frozen blueberries, because she knew our boys like to have them as a snack, and we were out of blueberries. While I appreciated the gesture, I hesitated. Why?! Why, you might ask, would you hesitate, when your kids' nana brings them a HEALTHY snack (as …

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Outdoors with Kids in Chehalem Valley: Champoeg Nature Play Area

This summer, I've invited others to join me on Friday "hikes" or nature excursions around our small region. Part of this has to do with my church's current emphasis on getting to know our watershed so that we can better take care of the space around us. We can only love places that we know, …

Outdoors with Kids in Chehalem Valley: Bob & Crystal Rilee Park

For our Friday adventure this week, K and I visited Bob & Crystal Rilee Park & Equestrian Trails, which is just east of Newberg on Parrett Mountain. According to the Chehalem Park & Recreation District blog, this has only been officially zoned as a park for a few months, although the purchase of the property and …