I'm Dorcas, wife to Paul and mom to 6 young adults.  We live near Harrisburg, Oregon in a house that's been in the Smucker family for over 100 years.

Paul is a pastor at our Mennonite church, the principal of our church school, and also the owner of Wilton Smucker Warehouse, a seed-cleaning business begun by his grandfather.

Life in the Shoe began in 2005, at a nephew's urging.  We had just adopted a ten-year-old son after having five biological children.  Life was very busy and wild, and this was a way to document the memories in the middle of the chaos.

I've also been writing a monthly column called Letter from Harrisburg for the Eugene Register-Guard for 17 years.  The columns accumulated into seven books:
Ordinary Days
Upstairs the Peasants are Revolting.
Downstairs the Queen is Knitting.
Tea and Trouble Brewing
Footprints on the Ceiling
Fragrant Whiffs of Joy
Sunlight Through Dusty Windows

You can contact me at dorcassmucker@gmail.com