Family · Writing

Time

14 years ago today we welcomed our first child and it feels like 1000 years ago and yesterday all at once. Time is elusive and crafty, bending and warping depending on perspective and hindsight. In just 4 years, my tiny chubby-cheeked baby will be a legal adult. (Seriously?!) My brain sees the little baby, the… Continue reading Time

Writing

Summertime Sadness

I love back to school time. The fresh loose-leaf paper, the clean binders, and dividers just waiting to be marked with each class subject - all used to excite me far more than the actual act of going back to school. I loved full and part-time homeschooling the kids. Setting up an area of the… Continue reading Summertime Sadness

nature · Photography · Writing

Rejuvenation

"There is magic in the presence of trees," I mused, inhaling the damp freshness surrounding us. Walking in our rain boots through the lush forest, my daughter happily chatting to her art teacher, I took as many mental images as my senses could hold. I left my phone back in the car when we pulled… Continue reading Rejuvenation

Health and Fitness

Community

Like most people who jumped on the Peloton bandwagon, I LOVE the bike that goes no where. It has helped me maintain fitness through the winters in rainy western Washington, a pandemic and homeschooling! All without leaving my house! With all of the modalities available on one platform (strength, stretching, yoga, shadowboxing, cardio, walking and… Continue reading Community

Family · Food · Homeschool · sobriety

When Dad Buys You Lemons…

"Can I go with you to the grocery store? I have a list." "Uhhh, okay," I responded from the shower. "What did you need to buy?" I asked. "Lemons, sugar, a pitcher, cups, and straws. PLEASE Mom! Please! I have always wanted to do this. It's summer...." She'd been asking to do a lemonade stand… Continue reading When Dad Buys You Lemons…

Faith and Personal Growth · sobriety · Writing

3.5 years

Sitting here socially distanced and masked up since early spring, I often wonder about how much people have likely ramped up drinking - out of fear. Out of boredom. Anxiety. Anger. So much anger. Because yep, it’s an election year on top of everything else. Just days away from an election that will determine our… Continue reading 3.5 years

Faith and Personal Growth · Family · Food · Homeschool · Homeschooling · Writing

That Escalated Quickly

Just a few short weeks and the world is slowly coming to a halt. It is serious and we must all do our part for the greater good. I love this post at Reluctant Xtian and what he recommends about thinking of others and not just ourselves. While I agree and will implement those suggestions, I'm… Continue reading That Escalated Quickly

Faith and Personal Growth · Family · Writing

Gratitude, Always

There is tired, and then there’s tired. The kind of tired you feel when you have done way more than there is time for, more than you’d planned, and are sleep deprived on top of it all. It’s the kind of tired you feel when you have to tuck your chin down, keep your feet… Continue reading Gratitude, Always

Dogs · Writing

Those Moments

I have loved the ocean as long as I can remember. It's unknown depths, countless lives beneath the surface, and breathtaking beauty are simply mesmerizing. I always come away from the beach stunned and in awe of this extraordinary planet. We've had the distinct privilege of living near many oceanside locations: Beach on NAS Whidbey… Continue reading Those Moments

autism · Family · Writing

Back Then

I remember feeling amazed and nervously excited when I descended the stairs in our tiny 2-bedroom apartment to tell my husband of 8 years I was pregnant. He looked up at me, "Really?!" Nodding, I confirmed what we'd been planning for about a year. We were thrilled. I devoured all the books, the guided meditations… Continue reading Back Then