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Hi everyone!

I hope you all had a great summer. I can’t believe its September already. Where did the time go? I don’t know about you, but I have not settled into early wake up calls, being annoyingly list oriented, shipping my kids off all day, and crazy packed schedules. I do love fall, but I’ve been hanging on to thoughts of summer the last couple of weeks.

A few days ago, a parent asked me, “Aren’t you glad summer is over? I feel like a cruise director all summer long.”

No, I’m not glad summer is over! I don’t mind being the cruise director. In fact, I think it’s pretty fun.

Sometimes moms, who like to be around their kids all the time, are labeled “weird”. I think that’s weird, but whatever…

It’s not like every second of every day at home with the kids is peaches and cream. I do feel like ripping my hair out sometimes when they get into some stupid screaming fight about who said what when. But, I love the freedom and possibilities of summer. Summertime is less about schedules and goals; and more about bonding, popsicles, and adventures.

Sure, I get less work done in the summer and our house tends to get messier, but that time with our kids is worth it to me. I also realize that with each passing summer, that is one less summer that I will share with the kids before they leave the nest for good. I’ll have plenty of time to myself later, and knowing myself like I do; I will look back and wish I had spent even more time with the kids when they were little.

Fall is bittersweet for me.

I do love the spider webs, fog, and beautiful burnt orange leaves that Fall brings. I love the energy that comes along with new teachers, friends, activities, and holidays to come. I also love the fact that every Fall, I tend to re-evaluate my life. I do this because each September, I am reminded that with each passing school year, I’m a year older too. More

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Is Fear Holding You Back?

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I turned 39 last Sunday. It was kind of a crazy day. We had spent the weekend at a house in the rural foothills of Eastern Washington surrounded by nearly four feet of soft powdery snow. It was beautiful! When we arrived on Friday, we had to snowmobile in with our bags part of the way because our vehicle couldn’t get through part of the road that hadn’t been plowed. When it was time to leave on Sunday, we had to hike three miles with our kids and cat/dog because our vehicle had to be towed out part of the way because it was stuck on an icy road on a steep hill. If I had known the roads would have been so tricky, I probably wouldn’t have gone…but guess what? I do know what the roads are like and we’re going back this weekend! We’ll just be a little more prepared (with chains) this time.

I know it probably sounds crazy (at least that’s what my mom says), but honestly the almost 72 hours of fun, beauty, adventure, and relaxation we experienced was worth the several hours of hiking and digging that we had to do. I’ve realized that there are probably many things I haven’t done in the past out of fear. More

The Grass is Always Greener on the Side of the Fence That’s Watered

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As adults, we are told that in order to be authentically happy we should follow our passions, do what we love, and dare to not care about what other people think. I agree, but life is messy. It’s easy to get caught up in our day-to-day lives: work, family, friends, kids, school, after school activities, homework, baking, errands, exercise, paying bills, etc. It’s hard to find enough time or money to nurture our individual passions and dreams. We’re just trying to get everything done that needs doing. But, what if that’s not true? What if those reasons are just excuses?

I love this saying because it’s so true: More

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