Life…What is Important?

Photo of our girls.

This past weekend was emotional. Sunday we heard about three guys who died in an avalanche backcountry skiing at Stevens Pass. My husband and his friends ski back there all the time. As it turns out, my husband went to school with two of the skiers who died. Another one of our good friends, Adam, was there with the skiers when the avalanche hit and he tried to resuscitate one of the men who died. Adam is an awesome man.

It’s always sad when someone dies, but knowing how young these guys were, that they left loved ones behind, and that my husband’s friend was a father of an eight and a ten year old, really hit home hard. You just never know where life will take you so love the ones your with right now.

I saw the below list last week. I think it’s important. More

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New Beginnings ~ Thoughts on Pregnancy

This is Bella at 5 years old with her kitty, Zip, who she still sleeps with every night.

Fall is one of my favorite seasons of the year. Our first daughter, Bella, was born in the Fall, so that makes this time of year even more special to me. It’s hard to believe she will be ten years old in a few weeks. Where has the time gone? Every year, around this time, I think back on the last few months of my first pregnancy. This is one of the things I remember the most… More


I was reading in a waiting room before a doctor’s appointment last week, when I noticed a couple in their late 60’s or early 70’s sitting near by. I can’t put my finger on exactly what it was, but something about them caught my eye. More

3 Activities for Mothers and Daughters To Strengthen the Mother/Daughter Bond by Cassandra Mack

Before we get to Cassandra’s post, I just wanted to give a warm welcome to all of you new subscribers!

I look forward to more lively discussions like we had over the weekend regarding the article “Life-Threatening Anaphylactic Food Allergies at School…Unnecessary Drama”. I gleamed a lot of great information from your comments and emails, and I hope you did too! I especially liked this link someone sent me, which has a great sample outline of a 504 plan. Thank you!!

I will write a follow-up piece in the next week or so, to let you know how the school decides to handle severe allergies and how the parents respond. I will also be publishing another piece about the affects of allergies soon.

For those of you dealing with anaphylactic allergies or any other health issue, my heart goes out to you!

I hope you all have a great school year!!

Here is Cassandra…

There’s an old saying that goes, “Your son is your son until he gets himself a wife, but your daughter is your daughter for the rest of her life.” One of the reasons why the mother/daughter bond is so special is because in many ways you see yourself all over again in the hopes, dreams, experiences and struggles of your daughter. As your daughter enters the adolescent years and starts pulling away to seek greater independence, it’s important to balance time apart with time spent doing things that continue to strengthen your mother/daughter bond. Following are three activities that I have used in my mother and daughter retreats. I share them in the hopes that they will provide special interludes of joy for you and your daughter. More


A friend sent me this picture.  I love it because it’s so true.

Real friends are a rare gift to be cherished.

You know who I’m talking about… More

Keys to a Happy Marriage…

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We hosted a party for my in-law’s 50th wedding anniversary last weekend. I think it’s fair to say that 50 years of marriage isn’t exactly common these days.  I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to have a happy, successful, and long-lasting marriage, so over the last several months, I’ve been interviewing women who have been happily married for a minimum of twenty-five years.

I ask all of the women the same three questions… More

When Someone Leaves You

I went for a run today. I have been running the same loop almost every day for 15 years. I run other routes, but this is my favorite because I run alongside the ocean and I’ve gotten to know the people along the route. Sometimes I stop to chat, sometimes I just wave and yell “hello”, and when the timing is right, I help an elderly lady bring her garbage can out to the road. When you see the same people several times a week for over 15 years, you develop rapport if you so choose.

There was one elderly woman (not the lady I help with the garbage can), who I had an intimate conversation with in 1999. She told me her story. It was a sad story. An unhappy marriage. Abuse. Unfulfilled dreams. She had given up on herself and was living the life of a victim. We have seen each other innumerable times over the years since our conversation, but she pretends our conversation never happened. Maybe she’s embarrassed or maybe she doesn’t remember our conversation. I don’t know which, but whenever I see her, I still wave and say hello. Sometimes she nods and sometimes she turns away. I have no idea what she’s thinking. More

Let Whatever You Do Today Be Enough!

As I’m writing this, I am trying to ignore all of the bags of clothing, dry groceries, dirty laundry, and “to-do” lists that are scattered around the house from returning from an extended holiday weekend–our house looks like a bomb went off. The kids are asleep and I could be organizing and cleaning right now, but I don’t feel like it. We had a fabulous time with our friends over the weekend, a spectacular 4th of July, it’s sunny and suppose to be in the 80’s today, and I’m still on vacation mode, which is where I would like to stay forever. I know that’s not realistic, but… More

Life is Short

Happy Tuesday! Enjoy yourself, have some fun, savor the simple pleasures, and smile. Do something that brings you joy because… More

Building Memories


Last night, my nine-year old daughter, Bella, danced in her last performance of the year. It was an amazing production and the kids were awesome. The show closed with a dance that was beautifully choreographed to the song, The House That Built Me, by Miranda Lambert. The song is emotional and touching—it reminded me of my childhood memories and made me really stop to think about the memories I’m helping create for our children.

Have you heard the song or watched the video? You must… More

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