Norman Rockwell-ish

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 straight out of Martha Stewart Living, gourmet food served on fine china, the Mannheim Steamroller’s Christmas music playing in the background, and happy chatter filling the air as the kids played games and the adults caught up on the…

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If You Build It, They Will Come

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 250-degree steam bath with a group of naked men all huddled inside a 6’x6′ wood-fired banya. “God, you’ve taken so much, at least let me keep my modesty,” I pleaded. “If not for me, then for the sight of…

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Man’s Best Friend

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 the show! https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bw0IR7knGEX_LU1FZGpwbGE4VVU/view?usp=sharing P.S. – The signs around the dogs’ necks say “hello” in different languages.

Remember the Cross

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 experience the happily ever after, we fast forward to the end of the story instead of starting from the beginning.  In fact, this is so common in our culture that a man named Paul Harvey created a radio show…

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Merry Moose-mas!

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 I found the perfect deal.  After paying for my prize, I’d bag it and pack it home.  Quick, easy, no mess. Then we moved to Alaska. Here in Alaska hunting looks a little different.  Oh it still involves moving…

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The Great Equalizer

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 a distance and watch as the family disembarks and then turns to wait silently for their 2-year-old son to join them.  Moments later a small wooden casket emerges from the belly of the plane.  Their son is home. As…

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In the Beginning…

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 Genesis itself. At first, I had no idea that Genesis would play such a large role in my relationship with God but the more I study it the more clear it becomes that Genesis is a crucial part of…

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More of You

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 empty rooms and down memory lane one last time.  A small sob escaped from my lips and echoed throughout the halls.  It was time to go, time to close the chapter. As we drove away from our home for…

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Great Ball of Fire

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 Port Graham where the mountains rise higher than the sun for three months out of the year, even a non-sun lover like myself can begin to feel the negative effects of sun-less days… weariness, sadness, depression, and a feeling…

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Earthquake!

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!” followed by a whole lot of rattling, rumbling and rolling.  For over a minute (which seemed like an eternity) the ground beneath us shook, shimmied, and swayed, and then it stopped as suddenly as it had started. The next…

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