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Trees Please!

There were some specific things I wanted to do this trip. Getting to see the beautiful trees of the Redwood forest has been a bucket list item for me for as long as I can remember. The forest and evergreen trees in particular draw me in like a magnet. Much the like ocean, being in… Continue reading Trees Please!

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

Faith and Personal Growth · Family · nature · Photography · Writing

Day Fiftyteenth: I don’t even know anymore, and does it really matter?

I have basically been at home (with about 3-4 outings for essentials) for 39 days. (The minions were ill 2 weeks before the stay at home orders in our state were put into effect). In these 39 days, I've learned a couple of things about myself. I consider myself an introvert, with a few extrovert tendencies.… Continue reading Day Fiftyteenth: I don’t even know anymore, and does it really matter?

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Deep Images….with Jack Handy

You know that SNL sketch where the verbiage of a "deep thought" with the Jack Handy voice over lays out a bunch of nonsense? That plays out in my brain in real life whenever I am on a solo bike ride or run or walk with the dogs. I think my best deep thoughts while… Continue reading Deep Images….with Jack Handy

Family · Writing

Just Be

Post inspired by Storyshucker Swaying in the cooling afternoon air, I mused once again how much I loved that the sky never appears the same way twice. "Oh mama, I just love you," she said, extra lovey since I let her stay home from school. Sometimes we all need a mental health recharge day I… Continue reading Just Be

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Subtlety: Eagles and Seagulls

Where we live we see plenty of seagulls, as well as a few eagles. The eagles are few while the seagulls flock together and dot the shore in swarms. The eagles are amazing, it's true. With wings outspread, they seem to soar with ease. I've been watching a couple around our area and they are… Continue reading Subtlety: Eagles and Seagulls

Health and Fitness

More Than Miles

Sometimes miles drag. It's impossible to push yourself out of the bed in the morning. Then there are those kind of runs. The ones that are etched in your memory as a really great run. We'll take 14 "meh" runs just to have that one. This morning was a great one. I had my clothes set… Continue reading More Than Miles

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And….The Honeymoon Is Over

Well, not really. It's just back to work and regular life. We've had the best time over the last few days just spending time as a family and reconnecting and getting out and about! The 4th of July was great - celebrated by going to a parade (complete with puking Jacob as he gagged on a… Continue reading And….The Honeymoon Is Over

Faith and Personal Growth · Family

A Little Fall…A Little Gratitude….

After a couple of days of grey, wet, and typical Pacific Northwest weather, I am trying to not be such a Wendy Whiner and instead embrace the things I am grateful for. Not having had actual seasons for a few years, it's actually kind of fun to teach my kids and have them notice all… Continue reading A Little Fall…A Little Gratitude….

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God, Trails, and a Surprise

With two sick kiddos we've been a bit stir crazy staring at the same four walls all morning. We also were all awake around 4:30am...so lunch and nap time came around 10. What to do, what to do with the rest of the day? We decided to head out to Washington Park again, but this… Continue reading God, Trails, and a Surprise