This is Three

“There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth”. You guys… having a three year old is BIBLICAL. Today she wailed about wanting to play with friends as we were leaving playing with friends, she wailed about wanting a snack as she finished a snack, the kid knows how to crank up the wailing.   And…

Missionary Support

Last Wednesday, after I tucked the kids in bed, I drove down to San Diego and pick my husband up from the airport. He left Uganda 29 hours prior, we were so thankful that he was seamlessly rerouted around a big snowstorm. The last days of his trips are the longest, I am excited to…

When a cold strikes

In the spirit of gratitude, let’s just start with the fact that I am beyond grateful that our family has had pretty mild colds this year. Sure we did our round of the stomach bug but, relatively we have had it pretty good. Still, even a cold can feel like the plague when it is…

Two sweet years

I was looking through old blog posts today, some are downright sweet, some remind me of deep sadness and this one just brought a smile to my face. It has been three years since I joined the children’s ministry at our church and a little over two years since I joined the staff. The last…

We are family

Sometimes it strikes me. I have a family. Like, not the people I was born to but MY people, my little unit. It is such an enormous thing to take for granted but I forget. Somehow in the laundry and dinners, the meetings, the cartoons, the coloring and teaching how to walk, the work schedules…

My Rio Rio

Tonight I spent some time celebrating one of my dearest friends with a group of MORE of my dearest friends. It was such a sweet night, we all piled on a patio and ate, drank, and laughed. The weather was perfect (thanks, San Diego), her sweet decor was perfect, I think everyone would agree that…

Just Us

The four of us hopped in the car and drove down south this afternoon. The kids slept on our drive, giving Q and I the rare chance to listen to non-Raffi music and talk to each other in uninterrupted  sentences. The sun was warm on our skin as we discovered an amazing food truck, cute…

Someone Made a Way

There are things you simply can’t take part in when you are the caregiver to young children. Staying home with my babies is 100% a gift and I do not take it for granted but with that gift comes certain, necessary sacrifices. Professionally,  there are meetings I miss because it is not appropriate for my…

This Muddy Mess

  Day Two brings me to my favorite day of this last week. We witnessed an all out miracle here in San Diego and finally got some RAIN! In true SoCal fashion, we bundled up like we were in an all out blizzard and let the kids free to splash and slide. It was a…

30 Days of Gratitude

If you love the unspoken laws of Social Media, this series might not be for you. I didn’t start it on the 1st and it certainly isn’t November. For most, January is the month for Whole 30, new fitness strategies, and decluttering. This year, for my fresh start, I want to root myself in thankfulness,…

The Trees

My favorite moment of Christmas is coming around the corner. The sun will rise on Christmas morning and before the presents and the chorizo burritos I will sit with my sisters and my children and read them the story of The Tree Trees. It is a simple story, just a few pages long, but it…

Captain Disaster and The Magic Eggs

Four months ago we co-oped our neighbors coop with seven little pullets. Today was the magic first day we have gotten eggs out of those sweet girls! Lucie was so excited to count the “treasure” in the hutch. It was sweet to experience the different colors and slightly different sizes of each egg! We put…