Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Easily entertained?

Some would say yes

Monday, May 14, 2012

Thankful 89-100

saturday naps

laughter from words in a bucket ('what's short for mayonnaise' 'man')

two game nights in one weekend

theme dinners (beer that is)

trying five new recipes and all of them turning out edible

one was really really good

three were good

wine with live music

ryan planning a creative date night randomly

pancakes on a saturday morning

garage saling

a thoughtful friend who thought of me yesterday

Sunday, May 13, 2012


As I sit at my mother's grave, memories flood my mind. I love the family picture my dad choose for her tombstone. That day was the happiest day of my mom's life.

I want to remember that day.

I don't want to remember the months she spent in the hospital. The years she struggled to breathe. The days she couldn't get out of bed. The anxiety she faced daily as she fought to live. The ugliness of addiction.

That day she was on top of the world. That day, her surprise 53rd birthday, she smiles and smiled. She cried tears of great joy being surrounded by the ones she loved.

I think that day was one of my best days of my life too. When you give a gift to someone that is so greatly treasured, they give you an even greater gift back.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Thankful 82-88

learning i can take up to four allegra a day

water heater getting fixed for free since it was under warranty

a husband who loves to mow and loves me even though if I walk outside for even a minute while he is mowing a faucet in my nose will turn on

a clean kitchen

baking blueberry muffins

tozer, the dog, didn't jump on a visitor for the first time

first corn on the cob of the summer

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Ode to My Allergies


Sunday, May 6, 2012

Thankful 71-81

a big yard

naps on a blanket on above mentioned big yard


a God who wants me to pray to him

the sound of rain as i fall asleep

the sound of rain as i wake up

a husband who is willing to play battleship and stratego with me and gloat in my victories

a community of people who want to know God more

a community of people who want to experience the power of the Holy Spirit

medicine that makes my ears not itch

fresh flowers in my kitchen

Saturday, May 5, 2012


I love changes* in my life. I am one who is an adventurer. I'm always looking forward to the next journey in life. I love changes at work. I love changes in my personal life. I love changes in my routine.

I love the newness when things change. I love the new challenges it brings, the new relationships that are formed, the new routines that are set.

The biggest challenge I find is balancing contentment with the excitement of new adventures. Balancing the joy of change in my life with joy of the moment I'm in right now.

Someday I pray I'll figure out this balance and what that looks like in my life.

*I'm not pregnant

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

cute little rubber ducks

If you haven't yet, you should adopt a duck for the YESS Duck Derby!  You can adopt a duck here.  Your duck that you adopted will be thrown into a lake for a very intense duck race.  If it crosses the finish line first, you win $10,000.

More importantly than $10,000 (though I'm sure I would be able to replace my kitchen and living room floor with that, too bad I'm not eligible) you help some pretty rockstar kids.

YESS is an emergency youth shelter in Des Moines, IA that serves at any one time fifty two kids (birth to 17yrs).  It is an amazing place with bright walls that strive to go above and beyond for every child that walks through its doors. I'm pretty passionate about it (ask anyone who has ever asked me about my job and has had to listen to my ten minute rant about how great my job is) and I really believe in the work we do.

So if you have a moment and five dollars to spare, definitely think about adopting a cute little rubber duck that will in turn help a child who walks through these doors feel cared for, loved, and safe.

You will make a difference.

thankful 63-70

rainstorms while i sleep


craigslist app on iphone

the kingdom of God

changes on the horizon

on sale strawberries

westwind church

the giddiness of new relationships

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Thankful 56-62

tastefully simple parties with friends

a husband who wants to lead our family



a clean kitchen

hooded sweatshirt weather

getting the old anthem cd