• Norman Rockwell-ish

    It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is upon us and Christmas is just around the corner! Back in Oregon we spent the holidays at my in-law’s home where we could always count on a roaring fire in the fireplace, a table…

  • If You Build It, They Will Come

    “What do you mean I have to go in my ‘birthday suit’?” I asked. “Exactly what I said, you know, free willy!” responded the villager with a smile. Every bone in my prudish body recoiled at the thought of taking a…

  • Man’s Best Friend

    I’m pretty sure there are more dogs in Port Graham than people, and they come in all shapes and sizes. Recently the girls made a video of all these furry friends for my dog-lovin’ Dad.  Click on the link and enjoy…

  • Remember the Cross

    We all love happy endings.  We love when the prince comes and rescues the princess; we love when the evil step-sisters get what’s due them; and we love when our team wins the Super Bowl.  But sometimes in our excitement to…

  • Merry Moose-mas!

    Before we moved to Port Graham the only kind of hunting I did was for a good deal at my favorite home décor store.  I could move silently down the aisles and quickly scope out all the red tag sales until…

  • The Great Equalizer

    It is a cold and snowy December afternoon when the small plane pulls to a stop on the village runway.  Many villagers have gathered to welcome home one of their own, but this is not a joyful reunion. We stand at…

  • In the Beginning…

    Klaira’s Thoughts “In the beginning God created the Heavens and Earth.”  A few months ago I started reading a really fascinating book about creation by an organization called Answers in Genesis. And then God put on my heart to actually read…

  • More of You

    The Ristow girls with the new owners, Amy and their dog Zepplin. It was one year ago today that we handed the keys to our beloved home over to its new owners. Tears burned my eyes as we strolled through the…

  • Great Ball of Fire

    I’ve never been a sun lover.  In fact, since moving to Alaska I’ve discovered that I’m really a snowman trapped in a human body (and all those years I thought I was sweating—turns out I was actually melting!). But here in…

  • Earthquake!

    When we moved to Alaska, we were on an adventure to experience God.  Little did we know that would include a taste of His power through a 7.1 magnitude earthquake!    Early Sunday morning, we were jolted awake by a loud “Crack!”…