Big, yet simple

Trying to live big. Trying to live simply. Can we do it? For us, this is what it looks like the past few days. Me with a warm cup of creamy coffee. Jason with a glass of nice dry wine. Emma with a Gatorade, Glacier Freeze. Blankets and pillows loaded up. We drive west aContinue reading “Big, yet simple”

Finding Gratitude in Challenging Times

Many years ago, back when I had cable TV and I liked Oprah Winfrey, she had a guest on her show who first introduced me to the idea of a gratitude journal. I can’t remember why I jumped onboard with that, probably the guest said it would change my life and it did. I quicklyContinue reading “Finding Gratitude in Challenging Times”

A Letter to My Daughter on Her 8th Birthday

My Dearest Emma Kate, Another year has come and gone and it’s all I can do to to keep my head from spinning. I can’t help but realize that we only have 10 more to go before you strap on your wings and soar. I read one of the most profound statements that said somethingContinue reading “A Letter to My Daughter on Her 8th Birthday”

Ordinary, yet precious

Life is made of moments. Many are magical. Most are merely mundane. Ordinary life. But within every second of mundane and ordinary, lies the power. The power to be present. The power to choose your words carefully. The opportunity to connect with others. The opportunity to love, show love, and be love. All we reallyContinue reading “Ordinary, yet precious”

Cheers to 7 Years

My Dearest Emma Kate, Happy 7th birthday, my precious darling child! When you were born, I got a lot of advice.  I didn’t ask for it, by the way, but sometimes people just like to give it. One of the most common things I heard was “Don’t blink. They grow up so fast.” I’m sureContinue reading “Cheers to 7 Years”

Late Bloomers

I love how nature speaks to me. I received a great lesson today, and I wanted to share it with you. At the beginning of summer I planted a garden. Granted, I may have been a tad tardy with my planting, but my garden has been a flop. I attempted a new method this year,Continue reading “Late Bloomers”

Love in My Lap

The clock is a kill-joy on mornings like today. Mornings when my baby girl is so warm and snuggled up against me, her breathing heavy and full, a half-snore. Mornings come so early for us, and bedtimes don’t always come easily. It’s hard to rub the sleepies from our eyes some days, and this morningContinue reading “Love in My Lap”

Mother’s Day #5

I’m a bit of a creature of habit. Just a bit. Not too much. Only when I want to be, really. But I do have a little tradition of blogging on certain celebratory occasions. My daughter’s b-day and Mother’s Day are the only 2 I really think of right now. Most of the time, this littleContinue reading “Mother’s Day #5”

A Daughter’s Love

Last night, way past a normal bedtime for a 5 year old, my little EK and I were snuggling in. Saying our prayers and our I love yous. When suddenly she said, “I’m probably going to forget you when I grow up.” Why, I asked. Why would you forget me? She answered because she wouldContinue reading “A Daughter’s Love”

When Motherhood Becomes a Battle…….the Side I Choose

We danced in the rain, arms outstretched, face upwards. We water-colored and crayon colored. We cooked and sang. We kicked a soccer ball and practiced writing the letter S. We read books and looked for hidden objects in the pictures. There are a million things my mind tells me I should be doing. Like packingContinue reading “When Motherhood Becomes a Battle…….the Side I Choose”