And so you are named

My New Born Daughter, There are too few surprises in this short life. The kind of surprise that stirs the soul to great joy. Announcing you, our 6th daughter and 12th child to your mom yesterday was one of t...

Mitten Madness

Pink turns to red. Red threatens with white. My fingers once responsive begin to fail. They could each be felt moments ago, or has it been longer? I can't exactly remember. Warming them up is gonna hurt. Maybe ...
Painting the cabin

Just a cabin, 3 tents, and 10 kids!

Wow, what happened to the summer? We have been too busy to post and share anything and have a lot of catching up to do. We are well on the path of our latest adventure. This time things are simpler. For the ...

Nomad Shelter 24′ Yurt Assembly: Day One

The first day assembling our yurt from Nomad Shelter was exciting! I'll have to admit, we all shared a few moments of panic when lifting the giant center ring in place, then later the top cover! Both were quite...

Picking up our new yurt from Nomad Shelters

Life is about to change. Nope, not a new baby. Well, sort of. We purchased a Yurt from Nomad Shelters in Homer, Alaska! The plan is simple. We have a tiny cabin, just large enough for a kitchen, dining room,...
ATV at sunset near Knik River

Adventure & frostnip…it’s starting again

Hey kids, Our first big adventure of the new year – a dash to Knik Glacier by ATV. An almost snowless winter with open water and clear trails has kept the snowmachines at home all season. Without the protect...
Little girl sits on a rock in a river

Unsupervised Doritos

My weakness or rather my biggest distraction from dad responsibilities is a good conversation with friends combined with Doritos - the best snack food ever. I can easily consume vast quantities of the crunchy d...

Arctic Entries

With a lot of pressure from the kids I accepted an opportunity to tell a story at Arctic Entries, an Alaska storytelling event. The theme was Thicker Than Water Stories of Family, Patriotism, and the Ties That ...
Alaska mountains in Winter

Losing a phone I found my family.

The silent scream of the iPhone 5s could not be heard over the quiet roar of the snowmachine. The phone slid out of a pocket, tumbled, then disappeared into the deep powder. Arriving in late evening the conc...
Yukon river at Slaven's Road House

Yukon River, Alaska

The mountains and river appeared timeless. Yet, the landscape and water transformed us in less than a week. All our worldly troubles remained on the banks in Eagle as the current took the rafts downstream. W...

Be Open to Life & Let Adventure Begin

To my Children, As your father, words cannot express how I feel for you. I will tell you the story of how this adventure of ours started and why I chose life. How I accepted each of you with joy. And the hope ...

Pray for us Asa

Asa, With 10 kids at the dinner table it may be hard for many to imagine that the table feels small. Something or someone often seems missing. Eager faces awaiting to be served, their eyes blinking with anti...
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That cat has gotta die

No cats died in the process so don't start getting all offended! "That cat has gotta die", I thought as I was day dreaming of BB guns strategically placed at the back door of the garage, in the shed and within...
Yuk!

Adventures with vomiting kids

Almost nothing is worse than trying to clean vomit off the car floor. Except maybe cleaning it off the floor of a plane. Or maybe it's cleaning out a tent and sleeping bag 100 miles into the wilderness. ...
Nation Bluff Cabin

Nation Bluff Cabin

Built in 1934 by Christopher ‘Phonograph’ Nelson to support his trapping activities, the cabin is rich with history and gives a very unique feel to visitors.
Waking up for breakfast or BE breakfast for mosquitos

Camping in Eagle, AK

The beach is full of clay with scattered spots of sand and piles of river rock. Add water and mud arrives! When mixed with sand, kids, tents and sleeping bags it's easily a recipe for disaster.

Driving to Eagle, AK

A drive into Eagle, AK can be an adventure unto itself. Nearly 500 miles from Anchorage the road crosses countless rivers, streams, ponds and lakes.
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1000 hours in 100 days delayed by injury!

Less than a month into our challenge and an issue emerges - an inflamed disc at L4/L5. All adventure comes to an abrupt end...at least temporarily. Debilitating pain has a way of slowing down the fun. Fortun...