Soap Crafting - 1

I spent time packaging the soap I have made so far this fall:  Lemongrass Cedar-wood, Gardener's Soap on a Rope and Lavender Calendula.

Kitten Kitten 2 - 1
We welcomed this little peanut into our family this weekend.  Meet our new kitty "Cedar."


 Deer Hunting 2

Deer hunting - 1The boys harvested a deer from our backwoods.  James is passing down this skill and tradition to our children.  We are happy and grateful for a successful hunt.

Deer Hunting 3

Deer Hunting 4

We had a productive and exciting weekend! 

FIrst Snow!

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Here we go again!  We were ready with snow pants, jackets, boots, mittens and hats on a Friday morning when our first taste of winter arrived.  This snow will probably melt away, but cool weather is predicted for the weekend, so sleds and snow boards are already out and in use.  It is best to embrace it!  Cheers to winter weather, this 27th day of October.  Oh, but I hope you do not last until May. ❄️ 

A trip to the shore....

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Sharing a couple of snapshots of some of our time together as a family this past weekend on a trip to the shore.  Over the weekend James and I marked our 15th wedding anniversary.   We celebrated in style, in comparison with our tribe of children on a trip to the shore.  We biked, hiked, explored and made memories together on the edge of the big lake.

Counting our blessings as we embark on our 16th year of married, family life.

mothering.com - the end of a chapter

Megan Devine - Mothering.com
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These images reflect all of the posts that I have had the privilege of writing for the publication mothering.com.  

I recently decided to stop contributing, in my constant effort to stay grounded with purpose, balance, connection and joy.

Writing for mothering.com provided me much opportunity to grow as a writer. I am grateful for the opportunity and proud to have these posts to share with the world.

 Stay tuned to see where my path of writing turns to next! 


Minnesota Parent Magazine - School Days - October

MNP 1017 CoverThe October issue of Minnesota Parent Magazine is available throughout Minnesota and online now.  

My School Days Column this month is: "A Magical Experience."  Where I write about my recent experiences reading books from the Harry Potter Series with my kids.  Featured with my writing you'll see a snapshot of a familiar face.

School Days - October - Megan DevineIf you like what you see, social media 'shares' are appreciated!

As always - thanks for reading!

Around Here...

Fall collage
The colors are reflecting the change in the seasons from summer to fall.  Our weather has been rather extreme, hot and humid one day, then cold and rainy another.  



The garden is producing.  We have had a stretch of warm and humid days which has helped to ripen tomatoes.  I have never has so many ripe tomatoes in the fall!  I have been busy canning tomatoes and making and canning salsa to line our pantry shelves for our family to enjoy.

IMG_0328The bees are hanging in there.  The nectar flow has pretty much ceased in our neck of the woods.  The warm weather has kept the bees active, but hungry.  I made a sloppy candy board with a pollen patty and consolidated the bees into one super recently as I start to prepare and transition them with hope that this colony will make it through our long winter ahead.

Other happenings:

We are keeping busy following our children in their athletic endeavors.  Fall extra curricular include cross-country running, a kids marathon race and flag football.

RaceI ran too!   I returned to the running scene and completed a local half marathon after having a competition hiatus for the last 13 or so years.  It felt good to accomplish this goal.

BdaySince I have last posted we have also celebrated this special boy's 8th birthday!  


Oh how our life is rich and full!  This mindful practice of reflecting upon still images serves as a reminder of all of the beauty in my life, especially on difficult days. This simple practice fills me with gratitude and evokes feelings of joy and love.   I invite you to play along.