I am a teacher and aspiring writer, and keep a blog to keep up with writing and document the daily moments that make up my life. Working with my students & travel writing are my biggest passions. People, art, food, wine/spirits, and culture are other writing interests. Thanks for coming by!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

My Baby Girl is 2 & a Half!

Gabriella turned 2 and a half yesterday, and it didn't even occur to us until about 6 pm. Then we rushed to the garage to measure her height on our special wall in the garage - and she's grown so much! 
I can't believe how fast time flies, and sometimes I wish I could just freeze time. I love the stage she's in right now so much. She is talking so much, and loves being "cozy" (one of her favorite words right now) with her blankets and animals and baby dolls. She also loves swinging on her swing in the back yard, playing in her sand box, making necklaces, coloring, and playing with play doh among other things. 
Her favorite song to sing right now is "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star," and she loves singing it in a whisper to me before she falls asleep. Her favorite color is yellow, and her favorite shape is a heart, although she loves stars too. She can be very headstrong if she wants to do something, but also has the biggest heart, and is so affectionate and loving. My heart explodes with love for her every day. I didn't even know a love this great was possible. I am so grateful for her - she is truly my ray of sunshine!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Swell Inspiration

Aloha friends,
Not long ago, I learned about Liz Clark, a woman who has been sailing solo for the past 9 years, as the captain and sole crew member of her own ship. Recently I came across her blog, and now I am even more inspired by her. She is such a wonderful reminder that we all CAN live our dreams, be brave, be supportive of other women, (and humanity in general,) and live sustainably on our Earth. 
Check out her blog for some true inspiration for living the dream! She is truly a magical & wondrous human being.

Photo is property of Liz Clark at www.swellvoyage.com

Thursday, February 12, 2015

On being ALL IN

So hey, it's been awhile. I know, the last time I posted, my baby girl was 2 or 3 months old. And now, well, she's almost 2 & a half years old. Time flies. A lot has happened between then and now, but I won't try to cover all of that.
What I feel called to write about (briefly) came about last Sunday. I've started going to church again after oh, just about 23 years. I have only attended twice so far, but both times my experience has been  pretty profound. I guess I just really connected with the message both times.
So, this past Sunday, Pastor Dan talked about being ALL IN in life.
Like putting it all out there, putting it all on the line. I really got what he was saying. At the end of my life, I don't want to think I didn't give life my all. I want to know that I tried my hardest, loved the best I was capable of loving, showed up for those I care about in the best possible way I knew how, and the lived the best life I was capable of living.
It's easy to forget to try our hardest when life is so busy and there is just SO MUCH going on at any given moment, with work, children, the horrifying news lately, and all of those other things in life. But being ALL IN seems worth it, because you know that whatever happens, you've given your whole heart to make a difference, in whatever way you can.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Baby G's First Trip to the Coast!

We went to Sea Ranch last weekend, and it was Baby G's first trip to the ocean. We did not get to go on the beach b/c Sea Ranch does not have beaches which are easily accessible. But she got to see the ocean from afar, and breathe the salty air! She also did great on the car ride both ways and had no trouble being away from home. It was nice to get away on our first trip with baby!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Baby G Lately

Hi Friends!

I've gotten a little behind on my posts, so I am playing a little bit of catch up. Here are photos of Baby G at 8 & 9 weeks. Her 8 week photo is of her as a baby kitten on Halloween Eve, and the 9 week photo is of a walk we took last week. She loves staring up at the trees on our walks. Stay tuned for Week 10, will post soon!

Friday, October 26, 2012

7 Weeks Old & Full of Smiles

Baby G is 7 weeks old now, and in the past week she smiled for the first time! At first, it was just a fleeting, occasional thing, but now she is doing it all the time. It completely melts our hearts!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Baby G at 6 Weeks!

Gabriella, also known as Baby G, turned 6 weeks old today! Time has been flying by. Some of the things she loves right now are bath time, staring at the sky, holding hands, going for walks, and being held and sung to.
We love her so much, and feel so blessed to be her parents!