Kodiak: Then and Now | Our 4 Years on the Rock


I'm not sure if everyone who stops by here these days realizes that our time in Kodiak is coming to a close. Soon. As in less than one week soon. We leave on Sunday. For good. I've sat to write this post  many times. More so to update whoever still reads this blog on what was going on. I've turned to using Facebook and Instagram more frequently than I write anymore. It's just quicker to post an update via my iPhone on Facebook/IG than it is to sit down and actually write out a blog post. Despite how much I dislike living here, it's kind of weird to be this close to leaving it for good. It's like anywhere else. You put some roots down, you get used to it and it slowly but surely ... read more

Easter 2014


It was weird celebrating Easter this year...just simply knowing that this is the last one we will spend in Kodiak. That next Easter we will be somewhere where the kids can have an actual Egg Hunt (which we didn't have here this year...at least not anywhere on base or with anyone we knew). Our anniversary fell the day before Easter this year, so we were a tad late on our Egg Dying...and the Easter Bunny didn't do his gift gathering duties until that Saturday evening while we were out on our date. Nonetheless...Noah had a blast playing with the food coloring. Noah had no interest in having his photo taken. At all. He was frustrated with me because we had an Easter Potluck at ... read more

Amazing Things


Logging into Wordpress to write a blog post and immediately being presented with the space to create a Title for my post is a bit overwhelming. I usually don't even know what I want to write when I sit down to write. Typically just allowing the words to flow when I come to write them. I have to rhyme or reason to this method. But it works. In case you missed it on Facebook a while back (I don't even remember how long ago it was), I have officially closed up shop on my Graphic Design Business. The working around the clock, checking my email a bajillion times a  day to make sure that I hadn't missed  asuper important email from a client or a potential client, spending next to no quality ... read more

When People Pray


There is so much on my heart that I want to share. Problem is, I don't know exactly where to begin. First let me say that Josh and I felt (with abundance) the prayers that were directed our way during our time in Anchorage. I have been steady in my faith for a long, long time. I received God's gift of salvation when I was a child and have only grown through life's circumstances through the years. But never have I been able to see his hand at work-guarding us, protecting us, keeping us in his arms-like I did while we were in Anchorage. There are so many little things that just...happened at the right time, in the right way and in our favor. So many things that weren't just ... read more

Getting Rid of the Clutter: From Materialism to Simplicity


First, I want to say thanks for all of the AMAZING feedback I received on my post this week about creating habits of materialism in our children. Ironically, the post received zero comments but the feedback I go through Facebook, email, and from in person comments by my readers was so encouraging. If I'm being honest, that post was one that I was actually terrified to post. It was a tangled web of emotions that left me wondering if people would be encouraged (as so many of you seem to have been!) or leave people thinking less of me and my husband for giving into those temptations of "stuff." Then I realized that there are very, very few people that I know who don't fall trap to things at ... read more

Where We Messed Up: Battling Materialism in your Children


Admitting that somewhere along the line you have messed up is hard. Admitting that we've said something hurtful, done something hurtful, or just intentionally done something to someone for reasons unknown...is hard. Accepting the mistakes. Admitting your flaws. Asking forgiveness....is hard. But, I don't know that there is anything quite as eye opening and as difficult to acknowledge as the moment when you realize that you have let down your children might be the toughest pill to swallow. Don't get me wrong. I knew before Noah was born that I would never be the perfect parent. And I fashioned myself before I ever gave birth to never say never where he or any other children we ... read more

More than “Good Enough”


First I want to say thank you to all of you who have commented, messaged me, emailed me or just offered up a prayer for me. As of right now we are still waiting on THE final test result as far as whether or not this diagnoses is multiple sclerosis. They did an EEG, several blood panels and a spinal tap while at the neurologists office and so far (with the exception of a few blood panels) everything came back normal. We're still in limbo right now while we wait for the MS panel from the spinal tap to come back. I promise I will update everyone here and on Facebook as soon as we know something. I'm always amazed by God's movement in my life. I'm always in awe when I can feel his presence ... read more

That Post I’ve Been Promising…


A little over a week ago I put out a plea on Facebook. A plea for prayer. Many of you who follow me on my personal Facebook page know that for the last eight months or so I've been battling long term bouts of vertigo and extreme dizziness and nausea. Dizziness to a point of making several trips to my doctor that eventually led her to put in orders for me to have an MRI. I had my MRI and the results came back with some not so wonderful news...news that could turn our entire lives upside down. Now, before anyone jumps to assumptions, let me say that as of right now they have no reason to think that I have brain cancer or any kind of brain tumor. They didn't find that on my scan. My ... read more

2013 in Review


Okay. So I'm a little behind on my posting (say 6+ months behind). And I've been completely MIA for a while. But for some reason, fitting blogging into my schedule isn't as easy now that I have two kiddos, a husband, a business to run, and I've decided to go back to school part time. My goal for this new year is to make time once or twice a week to post. I know that I will regret not posting as much for 2013 as I have in previous years since I use this blog as a yearbook/baby book of sorts. Now that 2013 has to a close and 2014 is well underway (is it the 15th already?!), I thought I should do a little recap of what happened around here in 2013. And since "around here" has been pretty ... read more

Halloween 2013


Halloween came and went this year in a big blur. This was the first year we had the little bitty with us to Trick or Treat and the first year that Noah was genuinely aware that Halloween meant free candy. The weather held off and remained relatively enjoyable for us to go out and enjoy some time with our friends. Here's a little recap... ... read more

Even in Chaos, I am Blessed.


Yesterday was one of "those" days. You know which ones I'm talking about. I don't know if it's something with the moon (ever notice how the moon gets the blame when our kids are driving us nuts?) or what. But it wasn't a good day. There were spankings. Time outs. Whining. Fussing. Crying. Clingy-ness. Spilled drinks. Lots of crumbs. Tantrums. Meltdowns. Squished chocolate poptart in my couch. Lots of boogers and tissue (since everyone in our house has a cold). There was mean mommy and yelling. There was name calling (Noah did, in fact, call me a booger head when I put him in time out the second time today). By the time bedtime rolled around, I was itching to get the kids to sleep. I ... read more