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It’s Official. I’m…

… a SOCCER MOM! This is Ryder’s first official experience with team sports of any kind.  We signed him up for soccer through Ripon’s Parks & Rec program because it’s a little cheaper than Modesto’s youth league, and the games are always at the same park (which is closer to our house than many of […]

Graduation!

Graduation!

Last night, we had the privilege of watching our oldest son graduate… from preschool.  🙂  He attended Lighthouse Christian Preschool, and we have nothing but good things to say about the staff and the program there. He learned to write his name, and even though it looks more like a piece of abstract art, I […]

Date Night, and a New Addition

Apparently May is “Performing Arts Month” in our house.  Last weekend, I went to the ballet with my “big sister,” and last night, Ryan and I attended a concert at the Gallo Center here in town.  The opening acts were Unspoken and Bread of Stone, and the headliners were JJ Heller (and Dave), and Sanctus Real. […]

Friends by Chance, Sisters by Choice

Friends by Chance, Sisters by Choice

Fifteen years ago (WHAT?!  Just, wow!) I was a freshman at UOP.  One day, while working in a tiny closet in the office at the Benerd School of Education, I noticed that the girl sitting across the table from me (also an employee) had a ballet shoe keychain attached to her purple backpack.  Little did […]

Yee-Haw!

Yee-Haw!

Let me just start by saying that Ryder attends the most wonderful preschool ever, Lighthouse Christian Preschool.  His teachers are clearly invested in every student, and we have felt nothing but love from them all year.  They’ve hosted a Thanksgiving feast, a Christmas party, and a Superbowl party for dads (since school isn’t in session […]

Another Busy Weekend

Another Busy Weekend

For the first time in a very long time, we had an entire weekend void of any plans (except church on Sunday morning). When we moved home from Illinois, we had to rip nearly every tree and bush out of our professionally designed, beautifully landscaped – and sorely neglected – yard.  Now that the inside […]

Life Lately

Life Lately

Last Friday morning, we had a meeting with Ryder’s Kindergarten principal (yes… I said Kindergarten!!!  I know… me neither.).  The decision to make the investment to put Ryder in a private school was not an easy one.  But every step of the way, Ryan and I both feel God’s reassurance that it was the very best […]

Grati-Tuesday: Happy Birthday, My Love!

Grati-Tuesday: Happy Birthday, My Love!

Today is Ryan’s birthday, and I am grateful for him. He’s the perfect match for me. He supports and encourages my crazy dreams.  He provides for our family.  He loves me even when I’m unlovable.  He’s a godly leader, and a man of great character. He’s a wonderful father. He is firm but loving.  He roughhouses […]

Public or Private? That was Our Question

Public or Private? That was Our Question

That moment (that happens over and over again as a parent) when you realize everything you thought you knew was wrong… You know how it goes.  Before you have kids, you’ve already made your mental list (that’s totally set in stone!) of all the things you’d never do (like “I’d never turn on the TV just to […]

Pajama Day

Pajama Day

I don’t know what it is, but I’ve sat down several times this week to write, and I end up trashing it all.  God’s kinda messing with me this week (in the good but painful way), and I guess I’m just having trouble digesting it all for now.  So instead of trying to write something […]