Saturday, November 7, 2015

Goodbye and Hello NW Healthy Mama

Well, this news is way overdue, but it's time to let you all in on a little project I've been working on since my last post here. I've been in the process of creating a new website called NW Healthy Mama and I'm excited about where this will go!

Basically this all came together when my love for the beautiful Pacific Northwest was paired with a passion for all things healthy and active. On NW Healthy Mama, you'll find tons of amazing recipes, adventure ideas, gardening tips and inspiration to Mother well.

The best part is this website is not written by myself alone. There are far too many amazing women in this world for me to not share this space! The girls who are contributing play such a vital part in this and I can't tell you enough how thankful I am for them!

This personal blog has been such a great outlet for me and a perfect place to record special memories, but as life changes, we move onto new adventures. A big thank you to every person who's shared an encouraging word with me here. Your comments and love over the years have been such a blessing to me. I have huge amounts of love and gratitude for you! And now... please join me on the new site, NW Healthy Mama
Lots and lots of love,

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Picking vs. Packing

That moment when you're supposed to be packing 'cuz your house closes in 10 days, but you're out gathering dinner from the garden instead.
Today the sunshine and the garden won. Tomorrow, I'll try that packing thing again. Gosh, I'm going to miss this little outdoor space.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

On the Sea and Above the Clouds

We adventured a lot last weekend, before starting to pack like crazy people this week. That's right, we're packing up our entire house to move in just about a week. I'm apologizing in advance for silence on the blog. Packing, kids, life... they all take a lot of time these days. 

As I uploaded the photos for the post, I realized that to the person on the other side of this screen, I might look like I'm all adventure and no fear. Then I thought about a women's retreat I went on about a year ago and the breakdown I had where I told a couple good friends about the anxiety I sometimes experience. After sharing, one gal looked at me and couldn't hardly believe it. She said "but you're always out doing all those fun things and going all over the place!" Yes, it's true, but I think when we tell our story, we give the world a gift when we tell the whole thing. 

By nature, I tend to feel fear very easily and that's why I decided about a year ago to intentionally try to live brave, in a smart way. I try to bravely tell people how awesome they are, when I see strengths in them, because loving big is something you'll never regret. I climb mountains with girlfriends because when my girls are older, I want them to be adventurous, too.

My husband and I kayak alone, because when our kids are out and married, I want them to date their spouse as well. And I write these words because I never want you to think that only "brave" girls do "brave" things. Girls with anxiety do brave things too and I'm guessing that you, whoever you are....are also much braver than you know. I bet you're really fun, too. Yep, that's another reason why us Moms need to go out and do things....we need to have fun and be strong and healthy and be the women that God created us to be. We owe it to ourselves, our families and the One who created us with muscles, brains and a craving for relationships.

On the Sea//
Jeremiah and I had talked about getting kayaks for the last 10 years or so. Finally, we gave in and I'm so glad we did. First we kayaked around Pass Lake (near Deception Pass) and then we kayaked around Cranberry Lake in Deception Pass Park. What a perfect date this was.

I turned 31 last week and so, after our date, we had a Birthday party over at Sally's house. She always makes the best ice cream cake. I swear she could have a highly successful ice cream cake shop, if she wanted to.

There's so much to love about your 30's. Right now, 31 is where it's at.
Above the Clouds//
Later in the weekend, 7 of us girls climbed Mt. Pilchuck together. I've never experienced a hike this beautiful. It was hard for sure, but the view from the top was out of this world. Truly, we were above the clouds.

Clouds below us and mountains in the distance.
These girls are amazing. They were so fun to hike with and super positive, even when it was hard. I'm so thankful for them!
Almost to the top!
Yoga on a mountain....just because.
Mt. Pilchuck look out!
On the way up, something kind of funny happened. After climbing for about 2 miles, we came to this clearing and someone mentioned how the lookout tower was way up there. We thought the hike was 5 miles roundtrip and so surely, after all the climbing we'd just done, we must be just about there! I laughed, totally thinking they were joking! But, nope they weren't. It WAS way up there. And so, we kept on going and eventually we made it.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Gratitude Lately

Lately I've been thankful for delicious and healthy new food combinations. A new favorite is a couple eggs cooked up with about 1/3 of a can diced Italian tomatoes, topped with mozzarella cheese and pepper. 
For car washing parties that turn into epic water fights.
For this big kid, sitting on the counter in his jammies, helping me cook. 
 For little moth friends, who look like they have hearts on their wings.
For chickens and chalk art.
For Young Living happy mail and my good friend Sarah, who's teaching me how to use these!
For the first strawberry of the year.
For cookouts with cousins.
For a beautiful Mother's Day hike.
And for the look this girl gave me when I told her that skunk cabbage bouquet couldn't come home with us.

Here's to gratitude and how it turns everything into enough.
What have you been thankful for lately?


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