Summer Vacation

When I think about summer I daydream about laying out in the sun all day long… maybe in a pool, maybe just laying out and reading a good book while drink iced tea …and I get warm, fuzzy feelings thinking about how relaxed I will be all summer longThen I wake up from my silly dream and start doing laundry in between jobs and packing for the next wedding we have to go to!

Last weekend we went camping in the mountains and it was pretty fun!  I did worry that my children would become bear bait, but everyone is alive and well so we’re good! 😉  It was so nice to be out in nature and enjoy the peace of no service for a few days.  The kids and I enjoyed playing on the beach with cousins and we loved being able to attend another beautiful wedding.

Glacier National Park

We spent Father’s Day in Glacier National Park and it was absolutely gorgeous!  It is our dream to one day live in the Kalispell/Whitefish area so we can have these beautiful mountains in our backyard.  Come and visit and we will take you there! 🙂

Since being home I gone back to work and have washed half of my dirty laundry.  The clean clothes have yet to be folded and be put away…

I think we are done traveling for now, so the rest of our summer will be spent at home.  It was a lot of fun traveling all over the United States and seeing family, but I am ready for a little routine again.


Best Buds

I picked up my phone the other day and it was sticky and full of carpet fuzz.  Mom life.  I also noticed I had 50+ pictures of the carpet, but there were a couple that Titus took of his baby sister with her partner in crime!  Aren’t they adorable?  I just love the relationship Phebe has with her puppy.


I hope you all are having a wonderful summer so far!  Whether it’s busy or you’re lucky enough to be living out my dream, I hope you enjoy this beautiful weather before it’s gone!


My life is busy. I get up in the morning and try to squeeze in a workout with my husband before the kids wake up and demand breakfast. Once everyone is fed and dressed for the day we are running to Bible studies, play dates, grocery shopping, swim lessons, T-Ball practice, work, school, babysitting, church, birthday parties… you get the picture.

My kids go with me nearly everywhere. I take my four little minions and we hurry, hurry, hurry from one place to the other trying to get everything done in a day – and maybe if we are lucky – we can make it home in time for this mommy to clean the house and have some kind of dinner ready on time.

And have you noticed that you cannot leave the house without first finding little shoes? Why are they always lost?! We even have shoe baskets and I threaten my little angels that if they don’t keep the shoes in the baskets Mommy will discipline them… and they are still lost every single time you are late and need to leave NOW.

I can’t remember where we were going, but we were late and I was stressed as usual. I was yelling, “Hurry, hurry, hurry! We need to GO!” My eldest daughter who is only 5 asked, “Mommy, why do we always have to hurry?” I stopped dead in my tracks. That little voice asking me such a simple question, and I didn’t know how to answer it.

Why is my life so busy that I am constantly nagging my kids to hurry? Is this the memory my kids will have of me when they grow up? Mom constantly yelling about being late and lost shoes? The thought literally made me sick to my stomach.

Then the Lord reminded me of Matthew 6:19-21:

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Some may feel like this is a stretch, but a few months ago I read these verses and I felt like God told me that there was one treasure I could take with me to Heaven. It’s not money. It’s not fancy cars. It’s not my home. It’s my children. When I read these verses from now on, I think about my family, my friends, and especially my children, and I think about how I can invest in these people so that they can go to Heaven with me and we see our sweet Savior face to face.

So I let the kids help me plant a little garden. We are watching the flowers grow and they are so excited! We sometimes are late to events and I try not to let it bother me too much. 🙂 I snuggle my kids a little longer. I sometimes let them stay up a little later. I read one more book before bedtime. I tell them I love them 100 times more each day. I try not to hurry so much anymore.

I know we all have jobs, school, and responsibilities – and that’s important – but please remember to take some time to slow down with your children. Schedule it in if you have to! Make them realize how important they are to you. Take a minute to enjoy your children today!

Slowly Getting There

First of all, I would like to say Happy Pi Day to all of my nerd friends and family that love math!  Enjoy today — and if you eat a slice of pie…make it a thin slice. 😉


5 lbs down!I wanted to take a few minutes to give you an update on my weight loss journey!  So far I have lost a total of 6 lbs which is pretty exciting for me!  I know that may not seem like a lot to some, but to me…that is amazing!  I have not seen these numbers on the scale for a LONG time.  So I feel like I’m on top of the world right now. 🙂

I will admit there have been many, many, many times I have wanted to give up because I felt like this is a waste of time.  Sometimes it is even a daily struggle that I have to work through because I see other people’s results and watch their bodies quickly transform right before my eyes…and then I look in the mirror and I’m not really seeing anything yet.  I can feel a difference in my clothes, though, which is a wonderful feeling, so I know that something is working even though I may not see it yet.  But if you know me… I want quick results and this is a huge patience lesson for me that I would rather not learn. 🙂

Everyday I make a choice to get up early and workout.  Whether that be PiYo or go for a 2-mile walk — sometimes both! — I do some type of workout to start my day.  I do my best to drink my water, watch my portions, say no to the naughty foods that look oh-so-good (unless it’s the weekend!), and try to stay active throughout the day.  I say no to the lies that try to circulate in my head and keep pressing on towards my little goals!

 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.  (Philippians 3:14 KJV)

I also have to remind myself of the most important part of my journey:

This is a lifestyle change.  Once I get to my ideal weight (if I ever do) I will not stop getting up early and exercising, I will not stop drinking my water, and I will not stop eating healthier foods.  This is my new life.

Every day that I push through the lies that are in my head: I’m not getting skinny yet, I won’t get to the goal I am trying so hard to achieve, or simply what’s the point?

Well, the point is this:

Every day I push through and I am that much stronger.  I am a little healthier.  I feel a little bit better.

My body is a temple and everyday I try to keep it clean and running smoothly just like I do my own household.  When my household chores are done I feel so much better about myself, I also feel the same way when my “household chores” are done for my temple, my body.  I feel so amazing after every workout and with every glass of water I drink.

What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  (1 Corinthians 6:19)

I thank my husband for his amazing encouragement and support.  I love him so much and I know I would not have come this far if he wasn’t by my side.  I also want to thank my mom, my sisters, my mother-in-law, my sisters-in-law, and all of my friends who have supported me through this process!  I know I blow up your newsfeed with my pictures and my excitement over every little thing, but you guys help me out so much more than you realize and I appreciate you all so much!  I hope I can be there for you too — whether it be your own weight loss journey or something else.

And then!  One day when you least expect it!  You will walk into the living room wearing your Sunday best and your four-year-old will say, “WOW!  You look so long!”  That’s his way of saying I am starting to look skinny because I am 5’2″ and will never be long. 🙂

Keep pressing forward!

Welcome Home!


Paul and I got home from our trip to Seattle, Washington late Sunday night.  This was our first trip without any kids and without me being pregnant so we almost didn’t know what to do with ourselves! 😀  We had so much fun walking everywhere downtown and seeing parts of Seattle we have never seen before.

We went to the Space Needle, EMP Museum, Chihuly Garden and Glass, we rode the monorail, visited Pike Place Market, we walked all the way to Chinatown-International District, we went on an Argosy Harbor Cruise, Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour, the Seattle Aquarium…

OH!  And when we got tired of walking, we used our Uber app to have someone drive us back to our hotel!  THAT WAS SO MUCH FUN!  I highly recommend anyone to use this app if they are not comfortable with driving around in the traffic.  It made our trip less stressful.

We walked all day long just enjoying the city and culture.  We never had a bad meal – we loved everything we tried!  We took lots of pictures because everything is so interesting and beautiful there!  It’s not a secret that Seattle is one of our favorite cities in the world!  And Seattle did not disappoint!

Paul & GraceEvery single day was amazing and relaxed and I enjoyed every second spent with my best friend!  We enjoyed Starbucks every morning and tried new places for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  We never ate at the same place twice.

The weather was gorgeous!  We had one day of rain but we didn’t even care.  We bought a Seattle Seahawks umbrella and we kept walking! 😀  There was too much to see and do to let a little rain get in our way.

By Sunday morning, though, we were packed up and ready to head home before 6:30 am.  We were so ready to be home with our kids!  They were already in bed when we finally made it home, so as soon as we heard little voices the next morning we jumped out of bed to say hello!  Phebe was the only one who was really excited – the other kids wanted Grammy’s pancakes. 😀

I think I speak for Paul, too, when I say our anniversary trip was one of the best vacations we have ever taken together.  It felt like a second honeymoon!  We needed a few days to regroup and enjoy each other and appreciate the marriage we have!

Yesterday, our actual anniversary, we made tacos for dinner and enjoyed spending time with the kids.  We watched a couple episodes of Fuller House and then everyone was in bed by 9:30.  And we loved it. 🙂

Happy Anniversary, Baby

I should be packing since my husband and I are leaving early in the morning for a mini romantic getaway, but I can’t help it!  I need to post about him real quick.  If I don’t do it now, it might not happen later!

Paul and I will be celebrating our 2nd Anniversary on Monday…..but we have been married for 8 years. 😉  When I think about all the emotions I felt leading up to my wedding, I still get butterflies!  The excitement, the nervousness, the anxiety that something will go wrong and our wedding would be ruined (something did go wrong…..but our wedding wasn’t totally ruined), worried I would trip down the aisle (I did trip.  Thankfully my Dad caught me), etc.

And then I saw him.

He was at the front of the church…..waiting for me.

When our eyes met, I felt my nerves settle.

This was it.

This was the rest of my life.

My Dad led me down the aisle.

One set of older strong, tender, loving hands gave me away to a set of younger, strong, tender, loving hands.

February 29, 2008

We both said “I do” and our lives changed forever.  We had no idea what God had in store for us, but we were ready to face it because we had each other and that’s all that matters, right?

We were young.

So young!

Eight years later we have a mortgage, two bachelor’s degrees, four kids, student loans, debt, better paying jobs, nicer cars, two furloughs, etc.  I have grey hair, he has a beard. 😀  Life is pretty amazing.


I cannot imagine living my life with anyone else but you, Pauly Baby.  Thank you for being my best friend, my spiritual leader, my comic relief, my logical thinker, my hard worker, my husband.  I know how lucky I am to have caught your eye all those years ago.

Happy Anniversary, Baby!