Happy Birthday Wina 🎂

August 11, 2020 Tonight we celebrated Wina’s 7th birthday. We talked about what we thought it might be like in East Indonesia. We realized after googling that it’s 8:30am on the 12th there. We were late! We wondered if her cards we mailed months ago made it on time. We know that we take for…

Squeezing Out Every Drop of Summer 🍋

Today was a luscious lemony day 🍋 We relaxed, cooked, and ate this first Sunday in August. It’s hard to believe school starts in a few weeks. The Lemon Caper Artichoke Chicken is a version of my friend Elizabeth’s. Elizabeth is a fabulous cook who doesn’t love to cook. I named it E’s surprise chicken…

Christmas in July 🎄

Christmas is five months from today! 152 days to be precise. We are all ready to speed up this year with this pandemic; seeking peace. If ever we needed sweet baby Jesus it is Now! The Christmas season we are focused on others. We are nicer to each other. We give freely to others. So…

Recharged and Refreshed

What does it mean to be recharged and refreshed? Less stressed? Are we kinder to each other? Are we seeking God in everything we do? The even bigger question…How do we stay recharged and refreshed? How do we live our faith in everyday life when we are back to our overcommitted over-scheduled life? How can…

Homemade Granola

This summer we’ve spent a lot of time together exploring and baking. One of our favorite things to make is granola. Much of the store-bought allergy friendly versions have sugar as the first or second ingredient. I’ve been working on this recipe a while and now feel it is ready to share. I will say…

Father’s Day in Virginia

It’s pretty fitting that our first Father’s Day in Virginia was going to camp! I spent many Father’s Days headed to camp! I didn’t always love camp. In fact, I didn’t think I would ever send my girls to summer camp. Camp Greystone changed my mind. I even told Braxton I wanted to go with…

June Weekends

What an amazing weekend and a much needed break from the asthma/allergy issues that plagued us this week. The sunshine and Virginia air was exactly what we needed. We tried new things, ate great food, and made some pretty big decisions. We tried something new for our family this weekend. We rode bikes as a…

Her Father’s Daughter

I’m so thankful for their relationship. She is her father’s daughter. Dinner at La Tienda in Williamsburg, Virginia was fabulous. Scott sharing tapas and Shelton loving seafood paella with calamari. We love eating and gathering around the table. Sharing and talking over a long dinner and building memories. La Tienda has been a favorite of…

Second Grade

Her last official day of the second grade was May 20th. All assignments submitted and the last day we logged into google classroom. I learned a lot the last quarter of the second grade. Things I’m not sure I learned when I was in second grade. Our children are far more advanced than we were…

The Mother’s Day of Emotions

No matching dresses, no hugs from my first born, no church family celebrations with flowers. Yet this was the most emotional and special Mother’s Day. Worshipping in our flannels with the fireplace on and lots of coffee and chocolates (we can eat). The music and message at Passion City Church was exactly what I needed…

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo (pronounced [ˈsiŋko ðe ˈmaʝo] in Mexico, Spanish for “Fifth of May”) is an annual celebration held on May 5. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army‘s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862 according to Wikipedia. I laugh as I type because I’m…

The Easter that binds us all

This Easter is unlike any other. We are all in the same boat. Our focus is away from the busyness, outfits, and the commercialization of Easter. Our focus is on a hurting world. It’s a new and different Easter at home without many of our traditions. Easter is still the same though. The resurrection of…