Chore chart

Chore chart

Our new chart is working out nicely!! The two big kids like having assigned jobs and they’ve been oh so faithful in doing what is asked. 🙂 I’ve read several parenting books that have been anti-rewards, anti-bribes. I hear what their reasoning is, really I do. BUT I don’t entirely agree. Lots can be learned … Read More


When in Santa Barbara, a good friend told me she appreciated my vulnerability on my blog. It meant a lot to hear that, since I try to walk a fine line with not appearing/seeming that my world is lovely and perfect but not wanting to barf my emotions into cyberspace to just anyone. That said, … Read More

Genesis 2

Our church did this very cool thing last Sunday. I thought you’d enjoy it!! Seriously, its pretty amazing to watch. I love visuals during church–I am such a visual learner. Genesis 2 – Sand Art from Calvary Arts & Media on Vimeo.

Santa Barbara

We’re having a great vacation in Santa Barbara. It’s been a nice time. Yesterday we spent over 3 hours at the beach and C & I managed to sneak in 20 minutes of smashball while the three nuggets played in the sand. It was the picturesque Santa Barbara day–just gorgeous–not too hot or too cold, … Read More

Best Idea EVER!

Best Idea EVER!

About a month ago my friend Kevin posted a status update on FB asking if anyone near Anaheim wanted to house swap. He & his lovely wife & two kids live in one of my favorite places EVER. Can you guess where? I answered straightaway and we chatted about our homes and shared pictures. And … Read More

explode or euthanize?

This is Z’s fish. His name is Esau and he is dying of cancer. I’m starting to think that one morning I’m going to find he’s exploded. Seriously, can that tumor get any bigger? Last night I was at my neighbors house with him and we were googling ‘beta fish belly bubble’. It was one … Read More

kids update

kids update

WHAT A SMILE!! D is now 16 months old. He loves to be outside. He is such a snuggle bug. He is the friendliest little nugget–such a ham. He is perfectly aware of how CUTE and FUNNY he is!! I love his confidence and adventurous spirit. When I feed him his bottle, we blink at … Read More


I was officially asked to “never try to donate blood again.” Starting blood pressure: 148/105last bp i recall: 68/40length of time it took for my bp to come back to normal after fainting: 35 minutesdeparture bp: 105/72 She gave me an A for effort and told me ‘some people just aren’t ‘gifted’ in this way.’ … Read More

on being brave

Phobias. Do you have one? I’m talking about a real serious, sometimes paralyzing fear … you avoid confronting it … you don’t even want to talk about it … you’ve thought maybe you should see a psychiatrist to try to eliminate it, or at least temper it? I’ll tell you mine if you tell me … Read More