156th Anniversary of the Battle of Athens

I live in Iowa and therefore experience virtually no Civil War-related local history. However, on August 5th and 6th of 1861 the one and only battle along the Iowa border took place, the Battle of Athens. Athens is a town in Missouri right across the river from Iowa. It was also the northern most battle…

Meet Sarah!

Meet Addy’s best friend, Sarah Moore! Ever since I got Addy, I knew I wanted her to have her best friend Sarah. Sarah is such an important character in Addy’s books. She is the first person Addy meets in Philadelphia and becomes her most loyal friend. Sarah is patient, kind, encouraging, and always wears a…

American Girl Benefit Sale 2017

This past weekend I attended the Madison Children’s Museum Benefit Sale for the third year. We had a blast, as always! We had 8:00 tickets, which was the absolute perfect time for us. We had to leave the house at 3:00 am, so really we don’t want any earlier than that! We also got in…

Kirsten Visits Swedesburg

I recently took Kirsten to visit Swedesburg, a small town that was originally founded by Swedish immigrants, not far from where I grew up. I remember visiting as a little girl at the height of my infatuation with Kirsten (and therefore all things that related to Sweden or pioneers), but I decided it was time…

Merry Christmas from Daphne and Delaney! 

  “Merry Christmas, Delaney!” “Merry Christmas, Daphne! Look at all these presents!” The girls rushed to open the big, exciting packages under the tree. “Wow!” they both exclaimed as they ripped them open.   “A new guitar,” exclaimed Daphne. “It’s just what I wanted!” “It’s Addy!” cried Delaney. “I’ve wanted Addy for so long!” The…

Thanking Veterans

“Molly, what are you doing?” asked Emily as she peeked into the bedroom. “We are leaving soon for the Armistice Day performance!” “It’s my hair! It’s a disaster!” cried Molly. “My pincurls didn’t set at all. I need beautiful curls to be Miss Victory!” “Oh Molly, you are being so silly, your hair is fine,” said…

Welcome Melody! 

My sister added beautiful Melody to her collection! We absolutely love her. I mean love. There is not a single thing about her we don’t adore, and not a single item in her collection that we aren’t absolutely drooling over. My mom, sister, and I had planned a big outing to to to the nearest…

A Joyous Puppy Greeting

Back-to-school means super busy for me! Good-bye summer vacation (and all my ample time for doll photos, blogging, and sewing), hello early mornings and writing lesson plans. So far the year is off to a pretty good start though, and there is one thing that always keeps me going: at the end of the day…

Tent Time at Camp Gowonagin

One of my fondest memories of Girl Scout camp was our tent time, or rest time, that always took place each day right after lunch, before we went swimming. The idea was that we would all go back to our tents to take a little nap, but of course we would talk and giggle and…

Linda’s Family Tree: Chapter 5

Chapter 5         Linda and Susan walked together to Molly’s house early the next morning wearing play clothes, their best party dresses folded neatly in their school bags. Linda had arranged that Mom would drive Nonna over at 10:15, once all of Linda’s classmates had arrived. Most of the work at been completed the night…

Linda’s Family Tree: Chapter 3

  Chapter 3         The first week of school passed quickly, and Linda found herself wishing that each school day would go slower. The evenings Linda passed with Nonna were becoming less and less bearable as Nonna became grouchier and more impossible to please. After thirty painful minutes of voice lesson, Nonna would retreat to…