The Valley

Have you ever been in a valley? Whether figuratively or literally, valleys can be miserable. I never really understood the analogy of the valley until we lived in Arizona, in the ‘Valley of the Sun’. In the valley it is hot, the air quality is horrible, it is stifling. You can’t see over the mountains… Read More The Valley


Thank you 

I never could have imagined how great a dad you would be. I knew you would be good and teach valuable lessons, but I didn’t know the extent of it.  You are not just a good dad, you are the best there is. You instill values in our son that will last him a lifetime.… Read More Thank you 


A Treasured Gift

Have you ever received a gift that as soon as you received it you knew it was something really special? A gift that you cherish always and have never forgotten the giver? A gift that you know would bless someone else just as much as it has blessed you? Six years ago when working at… Read More A Treasured Gift

Faith, Living

Looking for Myself

Recently our son was disappointed by a situation with a friend. He had expectations for how the other boy would behave but the boy fell short of these expectations and our son was disappointed, so much so he blocked his number so the boy wouldn’t be able to contact him anymore. In talking with our… Read More Looking for Myself



Fifteen years ago I said, “I do”. At that time I had no idea the adventures we would go on or the places we would travel. We have lived in five different states and had close to a dozen moves in these fifteen years. So many miles have encompassed our time together but these miles… Read More Us



We have all heard the acronym GOAT associated with Michael Phelps, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, and Michael Jordan. And yes, they are the Greatest of All Time in their particular sport. But, when it comes to everyday life, my mom takes the cake with the title of GOAT. She truly is the Greatest of All… Read More The GOAT


Ten Lessons Learned

Since becoming a mom eleven years ago, I have learned a few things. I have to admit I really didn’t know what it would be like to be a mom and I don’t remember being one of those girls that always wanted kids and lots of them. I babysat all during college so I was… Read More Ten Lessons Learned


Another Restart

I have never really enjoyed running. I have enjoyed the memories that have come along with the runs such as running through Balboa Park, doing the Color Me Rad run, our family fun runs, and some 5Ks and a 10K that have been thrown in along the way. But, I go in spurts with running.… Read More Another Restart


With or Without

Growing up in a small west Texas town didn’t quite lend itself to many trips out of the country. The only people from other countries I knew growing up were the occasional foreign exchange students we had at my high school. I didn’t even have a passport until my mid-twenties. My idea of international cuisine… Read More With or Without