Category Archives: seasons

summer, simplified.

AND the winner is…
Michelle, Tara, Sarah, Julie, Suz, Andre, Kate, Holly, LKL!!!
Reading over your words blessed my soul this week. As you shared your heart, I wish I coulda handed you all a band right then. So please e-mail me your address at so I can send one your way 🙂

Last summer, we had a bucket list of what we wanted to do. We were finishing up a major house reno and didn’t want to get life lost in all the projects. This year, our goal has been *simple and two-fold:
*Simple, as in simplified, not necessarily easy.

Be a blessing.
Let joy live loud in our souls.

Some things have fallen behind these days. Laundry piles on the couch, needing folded. Fabric mounds on my sewing machine, for mending or repurposing (or to be thrown away – gasp!) Baking is set on the back-burner as temps cross into the 100s. The stack of papers waiting to be filed turns skyscraper. (Not to mention all the dust and dirt and fingerprints and crumbs from all the comin’ and goin’ of 3 boys.) So, daily I read these words to refocus:

No empty-nest mama looks around and wishes 
she did one more load of laundry.
~ Ann Voskamp

Our days have been full and loud. The hose of visiting with friends and family is on full-blast. And, we are soaking it in! Someday I may learn how to keep on top of the laundry and the rest of life. But when given a choice, the laundry can wait. 


I’m thinking that when we look back on these days, we won’t remember whether or not our laundry was put away. (Most likely, not put away 🙂
But the lady doing synchronized swimming in the lake – that is a memory we will never forget.

Jump in and enjoy it, friends!
Each new day offers another opportunity.
The sun rises and hands us a new beginning
May Love be priority. 
Peace become something we work for. 
And Joy, let it take over!

Let joy live loud in your soul. 

~ Ann Voskamp


aloha spring!

Sun shining. Birdies chirpin’. Daffodils appearing. Flip-flop wearing. Nightly hiking. Outside as much as possible.  The calendar may say 6 more days to go, but I’m sayin’ it’s spring baby!  

In T minus 2 hours, I’m leaving to spend a few days with some dear friends on the beach sans kids.  Jules, here we come!!!  

{Next post: my husband=my hero, for making this happen.}   

Until then, happy spring-ing!

falling slowly

they may be 75 years apart, but they’re kindred spirits to the core

 well hello there, mountain man!
 nothing says “welcome home” quite like a trip to urgent care…
someone cannot wait until he can travel with his dad.
his heart beats for adventure.

 my heart can barely contain all the love

 the race for 10 dollars.  
miles was so bummed he didn’t win – he said “i ran for my life!”

There we were, drinking in every last drop of warmth and sun, when it stopped me in my tracks.  A teeny-tiny yellow leaf, fallen to the ground.  It was a bit of a stand-off, if you will.  The leaf blaring “Fall is here!”  Me crying out “Not so soon!”  Just the other 84-degree day we were on a bike-ride, and I said it again: “I would never get sick of this weather.”  Then the thought came Would I appreciate it as much if we didn’t know the harsh cold?  Would we have spent every possible minute of the last 5 months outside if we didn’t know what’s coming?  We are the ones who choose to live here.  If the weather was that important to me, we’d move somewhere hot and humid.  Plus, there’s always a Florida trip to look forward to (in case the man who sleeps in the same bed as me would like to plan one…wink wink 😉

Ok, you win.  Welcome fall!  With all of your show-stopping, brilliant beauty, and some of our favorite things: our yearly Fried-Yer apple orchard trip, apple cider, acorn-hunting, soccer games, pumpkin-spice lattes, candlelight, lentil soup, leaf-gazing, crayon-leaf rubbings, leaf-raking (and more excitedly, leaf-jumping!), crisp morning walks, baking, cinnamon, scarves (can’t wait to pull yours out, Nadia!), thanksgiving, our first fireplace!, knitting, slippers, making Christmas gifts, hot tea, and gathering with people we love.
And when summer comes back around…
We’ll live it up ‘cuz nothing lasts forever, not even cold November rain.

What are your favorite fall things?