"Enjoy the little things in life ~ one day you'll wake up and realize they were the big things"

Sunday, October 16, 2016

"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and I . . .

I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference"

I've been thinking lately about the incredible impact our choices have - both for ourselves and for those around us.  Especially the choices we make early on (in marriage, in parenting, in our Christian walk or even in a given day) and how they set the tone for success or struggle, blessing or burden, health or disease, and a host of other things.

My train of thought actually began with the topic of food choices - and how the ones made first thing in the morning truly set the tone for the rest of the day.  In my world, I have learned that once I give in to sugar - the rest is downhill (and usually it's a downright ugly ride!).  I have not found this to be an area where I have ANY concept of moderation.  For me, this is, sadly, an all or nothing arena (think of an alcoholic trying to take just one sip). Once I've unleashed that monster, I often just have to hang on, get through the day and make a fresh start in the morning (thankful that, EVEN in this, His mercies are new).

It's been said that we make our choices and then our choices make us.  Don't hear me wrong, God can absolutely redeem our poor choices and make something beautiful out of them, but it's far less painful to not make poor choices in the first place.  Whether it's a (seemingly trivial) battle with sugar, an attempt to control your temper, a desire to change a relationship, the resolve to stand firm in your convictions or . . . (fill in the blank).  It is wise to consider where the path is going to lead before you take the first step down it. 

It just might 'make all the difference'.


Sunday, October 9, 2016

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Home. It's a messy, yet glorious; exhausting yet exhilarating prospect.  There's truly no place like it (Dorothy was right!).  Hot tea and rich biographies shared together; cozy blankets and snuggly puppies . . . worn out carpet, unending dishes and mounds of laundry, cabinets that need decluttered . . .and (too often) tattered nerves and bickering children. 

The good, the bad, the ugly ~ it's a package deal . . . and a living picture of God's goodness and grace, moment by moment, day in and day out.  It's often under-appreciated, but for better or worse, it's where  you belong, it's where you 'become' and it's where you return to.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Our beloved Kenosha pass!

We are so thankful to have been able to go, once more, to Kenosha Pass for a super quick camping trip.  It was only 40 hours, but SO well worth the effort to get there!  GORGEOUS colors, fun time with family and sweet memories!  Sorry, WAY too many pictures!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Maybe I'm alone in this (struggle), but yesterday was one of those days where my head was spinning with ENTIRELY too much to do. So much so ~ that I couldn't seem to focus on any of it. Transcripts, grades, papers that I couldn't locate , lesson plans, high school foreign language requirements, class schedules, etc, all whirled about me (can you tell I'm a homeschool mom and school starts soon?) 

In the midst of begging God for help JUST to be able to 'do the next thing', I remembered I was sitting next to a shelf full of amazing little oil bottles. These three in the diffuser were a game changer! Literally. God was gracious and I was finally able to make some significant progress on several things that I desperately needed to get done. Yay!!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Meteor shower memories

Brrr!!  Whose crazy idea was it to sleep outside and watch the Perseid meteor shower? . . . oh wait, it was mine!!  Not sure what the experts say, but I think it was at it's peak at 3 am . . . and just for the record, it may be August, but it's QUITE cold and damp at 3 am!

Note to self: definitely repeat this experience!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016


We decided that today is the day (to end this poor guy's pain and say goodbye).  Suki joined our family in 2004, when I was pregnant with Samuel.  We were living downtown, didn't really have a yard and I was about to have a 4th child (under the age of six) - I wasn't really feeling the need to take care of one more living creature! . . . BUT, I had a five year old who had been praying for a "small, white, fluffy dog - who didn't shed".

The night he arrived (on pretty short notice...) we happened to be eating carry-out pizza on the stairs (because we just had our carpet cleaned and it was still damp, and our furniture in disarray). So, we have a silly tradition of eating pizza on the stairs with Suki every year on the anniversary of that November night. The kids decided it would be fitting to do that one last time (a few months early) as a 'last supper' of sorts.

Run free, sweet boy, we'll miss you!


Friday, July 29, 2016

They're baaaaccckk!!

Emily and Ryan (and the rest of Ryan's family) returned home last night!  So excited to have them back!

Monday, July 18, 2016

St Mary's Glacier

Fun family time at St. Mary's Glacier today (& then lunch in Idaho Springs). We have to go back when Emily is home, she would have gotten some amazing pictures there!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Emily's Big Adventure!

Emily left on her big adventure today!  She will be gone for a month!

The first two weeks will be spent traveling to Ukraine and working in a camp for orphans. (She will be AMAZING! - have you SEEN this girl with little kids?!)  The next two weeks will be spent joining the Sturt family on their European vacation (visiting friends and relatives in Sweden and England) . . . they invited her to join them on their summer vacation - and who can say no to that?!!

What an opportunity!  What a wild adventure for a 16 yr old to get to enjoy, especially since she gets to share it with a family that she utterly adores!   So much 'new' - a short term missions trip (I've dreamed for years of doing one as a family, but we haven't managed to yet), international flights, train rides (complete with sleeper cars!), three countries that she has never set foot in and so much more! She'll get to experience parts of Europe as a tourist, but from an insider's perspective.  New foods, new languages, new currency, new adventures!

There will be new dynamics for the rest of our family . . . a taste of days to come in the not so far away future.

Thanks for your support and prayers for her, we are excited to see the many pictures that she comes home with and hear the stories of the planned and the unplanned excitement that will fill the next 4 weeks!