All About The Backpacks Aug15

All About The Backpa...

The fifth annual Great Big Backpack Give takes place tomorrow at NWLife Church. We’ve learned a lot over five years. We’ve gotten better at it. And we love it. Our Backpack Give is the biggest in King County and we feel incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to put on such a fun event...

Removing The Tag Aug13

Removing The Tag

This has been a pretty decent summer for my family. And quite honestly, I’m a bit sad that we’ll have to get back into our school routine in just a couple of weeks. Between trips to Portland to visit with the cousins, swimming with friends, late nights, movies, kid’s camp, a trip to the...

No Time For Negativity Aug07

No Time For Negativi...

I don’t like negativity. It’s lame, disastrous, and ugly. Don’t get me wrong, I sometimes have a bad attitude, get overly stressed or feel annoyed – but negativity is something different. Negativity can become a way of life for a person. Always criticizing or looking down on those...

So What If She Wants To Be Elsa Jul11

So What If She Wants...

I’ve read several different articles recently written by parents and by child psychologists sharing their views on why we should no longer tell our kids they can grow up to be whatever they want to be. Their argument being that kids simply cannot be whatever they want and it’s not fair of...

I Don’t Do Anything Jul09

I Don’t Do Any...

The other day as I was driving home with my kids, the boys began having a conversation on who they thought had it more difficult in life – boys or girls? It was quite interesting to listen as they quarreled back and forth. One had the argument that girls have the babies, so obviously boys...

I’m No Trophy Wife Jul03

I’m No Trophy ...

I don’t know about you but I’m not really into all the quizzes that seem to be flooding my Facebook feed. Which state should you live in? Which comic book superhero are you most like? Which kind of drink are you? I guess I don’t really care which Disney princess I’m most like or if my...

Our Kitchen Renovation Jul01

Our Kitchen Renovati...

It’s finally done! And it’s beautiful! DJ and I decided two weeks ago that it was time to stop talking about “someday painting the kitchen cabinets white” (really I was just saying that…) and time to just go ahead and actually do it. Our kitchen is small, especially for this family...

Celebrating Summer Jun13

Celebrating Summer

I’m all about celebrating the little things. A lost tooth, potty training or a special award from school all deserve recognition. Maybe because it’s just as much fun for me as it is for my kids.   So of course, the last day of school is worth celebrating.   I put together these...

These Twelve Years Jun10

These Twelve Years

DJ and I celebrated 12 years of marriage this weekend. Honestly though I’m still trying to figure out how I’m old enough to have been married for 12 years… We were so young we couldn’t have had alcohol at our wedding even if we wanted it. He proposed the summer before his senior year...

The Heart of Hospitality May29

The Heart of Hospita...

Someday DJ and I will have a house with a bigger kitchen. It will have butcher-block countertops, a farmhouse sink and a giant island. DJ will build us a wood table with room for everyone. He’ll do the cooking and I’ll be in charge of the cleaning and the décor. Our family room will be...