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Journal Travel


June 20, 2016

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.” ― John Muir, Our National Parks My husband has fond childhood memories of Yosemite and thought it would be a perfect destination for our first road trip to a National Park.  We brewed some coffee and loaded up the car just before dawn so the boys would sleep the first stretch of the drive.  They woke up for a stop to pick up…

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Family Journal

New Year’s Day Hike

January 1, 2016

After Jeff made us a hearty and healthy breakfast, we let the kids watch some of the Rose Parade on television before getting outdoors for some fresh air and sunshine. We made our way up the Pacific Coast Highway for a family-friendly hike in Solstice Canyon. Originally setting out to check out the architectural ruins, “Darth Vader” House and waterfall, we realized we left our backpack and baby carrier at the house so we didn’t make it that far. No…

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Journal Relationships


August 28, 2015

Ten years ago on our wedding day, we made a choice.  We now know that it’s not a one-time decision, but an on-going process. We haven’t always lived up to our best intentions and there have been times when we questioned if our problems were too big to overcome. It’s our love and commitment to each other and our family that has propelled us to keep moving forward. Instead of handing each other commercialized cards, exchanging lavish gifts or reciting words that were…

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Journal Motherhood

As We Are

July 13, 2015

Sundays are my favorite days. They are slow days. Jeff makes his morning coffee and breakfast for the boys, while I cuddle up with them in bed. After they eat and get dressed, we walk over to the farmer’s market and gather fruits and vegetables that will be used to prepare nourishing meals throughout the week. The kids have so much fun sampling what’s in season and have come to know our local farmers and vendors. When we get back…

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Interview With Motherhood Artist Katie m. Berggren

September 19, 2012

I am so honored for the opportunity to interview internationally recognized award-winning painter and mother Katie m. Berggren. You may be familiar with her beautiful paintings or perhaps you are discovering her here for the first time. I am so drawn to the warmth, love and magic between mother and child that she beautifully captures in her paintings and I know you will be too! Hi Katie! Can you please share a little bit about yourself? I grew up in the…

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The Family Dinner

March 10, 2012

There is great meaning in the simple daily ritual of gathering together for an evening meal. My husband and I have fond childhood memories of eating together as a family. The days can be hectic so we make a point to slow down and enjoy one another in the evening. We have come to know a rhythm of preparing the meal, setting the table, reflecting upon our blessings, connecting, eating and cleaning up together. Almost every Sunday we walk to the local…

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