Monday, July 31, 2017


Vulnerability is courage in you and inadequacy in me.  I'm
 sometimes drawn to others vulnerability but repelled by mine at times. 

Do you ever say that or think that to yourself?

Give me the courage to show up and let myself be seen.

Love is a form of vulnerability.  

 From calling a friend who's experienced a tragedy, a diagnosis, job loss, or from feeling terrified, vulnerability is life's great dare.
This isn't weakness.... it's courage beyond measure. 

Most often the result of daring isn't a victory march as much as it is a quiet sense of freedom mixed with lots of battle fatigue.
There is always so much risk and emotional exposure woven through our daily experiences. 

Life is vulnerable.
Experiencing vulnerability isn't a choice-the only choice we have is how we're going to respond when we are confronted with uncertainty, risk and emotional exposure. 
It requires boundaries and trust. 
Sharing our feelings with people who have earned the right to hear them.  A trust building process.  Sharing with people who can bear the weight of our story. 

 Share away my friend... 


Friday, July 28, 2017


1. flower blessing from a friend...thank you my dear

2. Making our gluten free chicken noodle my helpers.  Always willing to help any time.

3. Liv made some gf cookies...they were like a fudgey brownie.  They were gone in one sitting.  Small batch.

4. This gf/dairy free bread was awesome.  I need to triple the batch next time.  It only made 1 loaf.  I am working on making better links/organization to my recipes.  You've been asking so hang tight my friends.

5. Thank you for the yummy

6. Everyone is keeping busy with drawing, painting or coloring.  They all love to do this except Gabe.  We always have this kind of stuff readily available for any kiddos that come through our door.  Bring on the messes!

7. We had BLT's for the first time with lettuce instead of bread and they loved them.  Olivia didn't eat them but we all did.  I just couldn't believe we needed 4 lbs(this is what 4lbs looks like) of bacon to feed our army. 
 Bacon in this house is a treat it's so expensive.

8. We adopted a chrysalis from the library...the kids are anxiously waiting.

9. Pure Exhaustion

10. Can this be any of the my little stars took this.

11. Waiting is so hard but so worth it...Olivia wrote the coach for Miami Dolphins over a year ago and finally, finally  got this! 

12. Odin got another ride of a lifetime. 
Sitting with the mechanic on the boat.

13. Volunteering at Project Angel Hugs is always fun. 

14.  Is this the most biggest slug you have ever seen...nasty.

Hope you're all having a great week.  The kids were gone at Dadz camp this week.   It's been a tradition for many many years and they love it.  I worked, worked, worked with Abraham on a bunch of things and read a few more pages in my books.

Monday, July 24, 2017

#2 devils lake
(part 2)

Chilling on the sidewalk...

Had to do my iodine test while we were camping..  i drink a ridiculous amount of water so it was no big deal getting 3 liters of urine in a 24 hour period.  Let me just tell you this whole thing was hilarious.  The kids were mortified that I had to keep the tank in the fridge the whole time. I was trying to figure how how we could reuse this big ole orange tank.  I never like to waste things ya know!

They redid the bathrooms at Devil's Lake and they are beautiful.

We sadly somehow ripped this hammock right down the middle...we love our hammocks Auntie Sarah!

This sweet little grandpa was kayaking while his wife was swimming.  He had an extra one ready for when she got tired...

Our new lights that I made.  They are so fun, but I needed to make another string.

nap times are a must camping or we all get crabby staying up so late

killed some time at the outlet mall just walking around

free games at Great Wolf Lodge for the kiddos while you wait for the fireworks are always fun.

God is your eyes.

This was the craziest thing.  We saw these dragonflies every morning by the beach.I felt like there were hundreds of them swarming.

this was so much fun... love to scare the little's.  Hands down the best toy store ever!!

They love to hike and peaceful and beautiful!

Praise the Lord this was the only injury.  For our family...that's great!

Rock jumping is always a pleasure..even better.... Dave doing back flips.

Have a wonderful monday!  This last week we packed in 3 play dates, vacation bible school for 4 days which rocked, one great Dr. appointment for Dave, tried a few new gluten free/dairy free recipes that we loved, and got to go help our good friend/babysitter/sister/try on her wedding dresses. 

So much fun.

Summer is flying by...go enjoy it

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