• Our mission down aspen lane
    Community,  Faith,  Family,  Friends

    Our Mission At Down Aspen Lane

    Our mission at Down Aspen Lane is simply this—to encourage the creation of authentic connections in our homes, community, and world. Through the sharing of personal stories, creative resources, and simple challenges, we encourage others to create a more authentic life…one simple step at a time.   Hi, I’m Carri! Let me start by saying that this blog is probably not for everyone. It’s true. There may be some who feel perfectly content with the world as it is, but if you, like millions of others in our society, desire more authenticity in your life, then keep on reading. OUR MISSION Down Aspen Lane details my family’s journey towards a happier life,…

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    Let’s Collaborate!

    I am currently accepting guest bloggers! Read the guidelines below and fill out the form to get started.   GUEST POSTING GUIDELINES Because I strive to put out a high quality of content on my blog, each blog post should be interesting and actionable! I accept posts on: creating authentic connection with family, friends, community, and/or God Christian hospitality   SUBMIT FOR GUEST POST APPROVAL Please use the form below to provide a list of 1-5 topics that you would like to write about, and I will let you know the date I will need your post by. Once approved, please note the following guidelines:   EACH GUEST POST SUBMISSION SHOULD…

  • FREE St. Patrick's Day Love Notes Printable For Kids

    FREE St. Patrick’s Day Love Notes

    What better way to begin St. Patrick’s Day than with some holiday note cards? Surprise your children by tucking a note with their lunch, on their pillow, or on their bedroom mirror–a simple and inexpensive way of saying, “I love you”! No children at home? Why not place individual cards in hidden spots throughout the community for strangers to find—a simple way to brighten a strangers day! Interested in more fun ways to build authentic connections with your children and others in your community? Subscribe to our always-growing FREE Resource Library to access more printable note cards, lists, worksheets, and more.   FREE DOWNLOAD: RESOURCE LIBRARY: ST PATRICK’S DAY LOVE…

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    What My Children And A Monkey Taught Me About Cherishing Every Moment

    I found myself face to face with a monkey and I wasn’t sure what to do. His little patchwork body was sewn to the front of the tiny blue pajamas that had, only weeks ago, adorned my newborn.   He sat, with his tail curled around him, looking at me. He and I were eye to eye. “What am I to do?” I asked, willing him to answer. He didn’t.   The tiny blue monkey pajamas held so many memories: like the times I would gaze down at my baby boy and play with his little toes while he held my finger in his tiny fist.   Giving away the…

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    Love Thy Neighbor As Thyself, Unless They Are (fill in the blank)

    “But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22:34-40)   Was there anyone that Jesus didn’t love?…

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    Are There Angels Among Us?

    Angels. They’ve been on my mind lately, thanks to the experiences shared by those around me. My mind begs to ask the question:   “Are there really angels among us?”   The following experiences, shared by friends on social media, have helped to remind me that, yes, there are indeed angels around us, guiding us, protecting us. These shared experiences have helped me to become more aware of and more grateful for angels in my own life:   From a young mother:   “Being a wife and a mother is such a blessing! I am so grateful, but there are moments, days, weeks, and sometimes even months where it is…

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    The Benefits of Outdoor Play (Kids’ Club Intro)

    **Someone hacked my website last night with a PRIVATE post about mud cakes. Mud cakes, of all things. I was deeply concerned until my daughter confessed that she was the culprit. When did she learn how to post something onto a blog? Seriously, children these days seem to be born with the natural ability to use technology. I read through her short post again and have decide to make it PUBLIC. She is excited to have it added to the Kids’ Club collection of posts.   What is Kids’ Club, you may ask?   Kids’ Club is a collection of posts on this blog that we feel will benefit children of…

  • I can do all things through Christ

    I Can Do All Things Through Christ Which Strengtheneth Me

    I was going to write an encouraging tidbit that inspired positive self-talk as we engage in trying new things and setting far-reaching goals, however; my daughter has managed to sum up my thoughts in a cute little story, so I’ll just hush up and let her do the inspiring:   Once upon a time there was a little girl named Claire. She didn’t know how to ride a bicycle. When her dad gave her a pink bicycle she was shocked! “Dad, I love the bicycle, but I don’t know how to ride it,” she wailed. “I’ll teach you,” he said. “If you say you can’t, then you can’t; if you…

  • Field trip Boyce Thompson Arboretum

    Field Trip: Boyce Thompson Arboretum

    You wouldn’t know it by looking at it, but right in the middle of the desert, in the midst of Picketpost Mountain, lies a place of profound peace and beauty. With its countless plants and trees, Boyce Thompson Arboretum is the ultimate oasis in the Arizona desert.   WHAT IS BOYCE THOMPSON ARBORETUM?   According to Wikipedia, Boyce Thompson Arboretum is the largest and oldest botanical garden in the state of Arizona. It is one of the oldest botanical institutions west of the Mississippi. Founded in 1924 as a desert plant research facility and “living museum”, the Arboretum is located in the Sonoran Desert on 392 acres along Queen Creek…

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    An Afternoon In The Park

    As one who is passionate about genuine connection, I found it impossible to hide my delight recently while spending an afternoon in the park. Children were seen everywhere–on the playground, at the ball courts, barefoot in the grass. But what really made my heart smile was the sight of the parents who, without any visible sign of technology in hand, were laughing with their children and visiting face-to-face with other parents. The weather was beautiful and everyone seeemed extraordinarily happy. As I sat on the grass enjoying the moment, I felt an unusual desire to jot down some poetry. Reaching for a scratch piece of paper from my purse, I…