Why hello!

Hello Sweet Friends,

I know I've only popped up around here about once a week but I still love writing and interacting with you.  A couple random things I wanted to share with you.

This book.  I'm not a reader, but as my word for 2015 is rest and I continued to hear about this book I knew it was one I needed to read.  Have you read it?

This song.  I heard it for the first time this morning and I've listened to it over and over again.  What are you listening to lately?

This recipe.  We haven't made this recipe in quite some time until last week and I had forgotten how delicious it it.  Perfect for a cold winters day.  We celebrated Lunar New Year with a Korean meal of homemade dakjuk along with mandu and deokbokki from our favorite local Korean restaurant.  What recipes have you been loving lately?

Stay warm friends.


Feel Safe & Feel Loved

I read this post awhile ago and I'm still thinking about it it.

"All I need is to feel safe and feel loved.
All they need is to feel safe and feel loved.

The end."

A good read friends. Let me know what you think.  


I smiled...


I smiled and I didn't even try.

The smile ran deep.

I played in the snow and left the kitchen a mess.

I realized today I was carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders.

Expecting perfection from myself.

I cried and bared my heart to a friend and was reminded of truth.

In the end I just needed a heart reminder that everything doesn't rest on me.

Whether I handle a situation well or not, whether I feel equipped, no matter how many redo's I have in a day - it doesn't all depend on me.  A lesson I need a reminder of repeatedly.

The sun is out. The fog is lifting and today I breathe a little easier and I smile.

Written a few weeks ago when it was snowing...today it's sunny and 70. I'm thankful for the brightness in my heart and the literal brightness of these beautiful sunshiny days outside.

Walking with you friends. You're not alone.


Your Story

I had the privilege of spending time on several different occasions with several moms over this last week.  Moms in all different seasons of life, we drank coffee and shared life. Lots of laughter and tears.

I love when sharing stories leads to a sense of relief and a response, "I thought it was just me". 

Don't underestimate the power of your story, just as it is. It's being written for a reason.



Parenting isn't easy.

Sometimes conversations arise that I feel completely overwhelmed in facing.

On the outside I'm portraying calm, holding my coffee and steadying my breathe.

On the inside I'm yelling, "Help!"And praying for wise words in response.

Some conversations, especially adoption related, seem especially delicate and I feel especially ill-equipped. 

I know I'm not alone in this mothering thing.  Cheering you on today, friends.

As you deal with conversations or situations that you may feel out of your league in, here's a reminder: 



I was looking through old pictures on our family blog and ran across some old videos.  It feels like forever ago.

Of course "they" say it will go fast, this journey in parenting, but somehow it still catches me unprepared.

Part of me wants to stuff them back into there small size, squeaky voices and wobbling walks. 

I miss it.

I can't go back...

but my walk down memory lane stirred something strong in my heart.

I don't want to miss today.  I don't know what tomorrow will look like, or the next day. But today is right in front of me, I have today. 

Here's to being present today. Loving deeply today.  Even if it takes fumbling through, making mistakes, saying I'm sorry and starting over.  Grace in today.  Present for this moment.  Tomorrow will take care of itself. 

Journeying along side you friends. 


Happy New Year!

Hello friends-

I hope your holidays were filled with joy, reminders of hope and lots of laughter. 

I'm still in disbelief that we are a week into 2015.

I love the freshness of a new year.  New goals.  New routines.  New beginnings. Or in  our case lots of things getting checked off the to do list and hung.

Did you set goals for this year?  Did you choose a word for the year?
I chose my word for 2015 and I can't wait to share it with you!


Now that the business of December has eased I'm excited to start writing again.  Have a wonderful day friends.  I've missed you!
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