Home…

I don’t own a house, but I have a home.

A home filled with laughter, love, encouragement and forgiveness.

It’s a place where I can let my guard down and just be me.

I can cry when I’m sad and dance when I’m happy.

Hugs and kisses are abundant and free.

No, I don’t have a house, but I have something that no amount of money can buy—a home.

I don't need to own a house to have a home

Today…

Today I’m explaining to KidFish where the sun goes at night time.
Today I’m taking KidFish to the farmer’s market to let her taste how delicious ripe summer fruits can be.
Today I’m encouraging KidFish to be generous with her toys.
Today I’m celebrating with KidFish when she puts on her own shoes (even if they’re on the wrong feet).

Some might call this “raising a child.”
It’s not.
I’m not raising a child.
I’m raising a woman.

A woman who knows that the world does not revolve around herself.
A woman who lives a healthy lifestyle and takes care of her body.
A woman who joyfully shares what has been given to her.
A woman who is confident, works-hard and knows the satisfaction of a job well done.

KidFish might look like a little girl, but in reality she is a woman-in-training.

7 days of…adventure

Ring! Ring! It’s Adventure calling. Do I pick up or do I let it go to voicemail?

Usually, I say “no” to his invitations because there are clothes to be washed, meals to be made and so many other things to get done at home. This time, however, Adventure didn’t just call. He showed up at my front door with his friend Summer Sun. My family and I all said “yes” to Adventure’s invitation and over the span of 7 days, we:

  • listened to stories at the library
  • tasted summer fruits at the farmer’s market
  • had two play dates with friends
  • celebrated my mom’s birthday
  • watched two live musical performances
  • explored the botanical garden
  • fed ducks at the lake
  • watched chickens lay eggs at the egg farm
  • got nudged by sheep and a llama at that same farm
  • walked in the park picking up rocks and sticks
  • ran through sprinklers
  • chased the waves at the beach
  • picked fresh strawberries at the strawberry farm
  • saw a whale wash up on coastal rocks

At the end of those 7 days I learned that adventure isn’t about a specific activity. Adventure simply creates an opportunity for my family to explore, learn and connect. We got dirty. We talked. We encouraged each other and laughed…ALOT!

At the end of the week, I sure was tired, but a good kind of tired. The kind where my body is weary, but my mind and spirit are refreshed.

Those 7 days were filled with purpose. Those 7 days were spent, not wasted.

My 7 day take away: When adventure calls, say “yes.”

7 days of adventure

Change the past to save the future—that’s the premise of the newest X-Men movie, X-Men: Days of Future Past.

If I could go back in time and talk to my younger self, I would encourage her to…

– be brave
– create
– be vulnerable
– love
– be generous
– express gratitude

Why? Because that’s how I want future me to be. The awesome thing is that I don’t have to change the past to change the future. Changing the future starts with changing today.

Today I decide to be brave.
Today I create.
Today I choose to be vulnerable.
Today I express my gratitude to you for reading this blog by giving you a special printable iPhone case insert.

I’ve turned my minimalist Wolverine-inspired poster into a printable iPhone cover…and it’s absolutely FREE!

Simply print it, cut it, insert it and you’re ready for action.

They’re designed to fit a clear case like this one for the iPhone 5/5s  or this one for the iphone 4/4s(You’ll need Adobe Acrobat Reader to print these files)

Download the iPhone 5/5s version or the iPhone 4/4s version. Enjoy!

Free printable Wolverine iPhone case insert

I’ve always wanted to play the piano, so I finally did something about it and took a few beginner piano lessons. As I plunked away on those black and white keys, sometimes it sounded beautiful and sometimes it sounded awful. And I’m okay with that. Do you know why? Because “I’m learning.”

It’s okay if I make mistakes, because…I’m learning.

It’s okay to do things over and over again, because…I’m learning.

It’s okay to ask questions and get help, because…I’m learning.

That’s when I realized the freedom those two little words bring and the pressure that’s released when I utter the phrase “I’m learning.”

Now I apply those two words to everything…work, people, money, marriage, parenting, etc. I’m still learning in all those areas, and I bet you are too. So, the next time you make a mistake, remind yourself that you’re still learning and keep going.

I'm learning.

I still do

Six years ago I made a promise to PapaFish….I made a few, actually.

I offered myself completely to him, to be his wife in marriage.

I promised to love him with all of my heart, and to be true and faithful, patient, kind, and unselfish in this love.

I promised to stand beside him always, in times of joy, in times of trial and in times of sorrow.

I dedicated our marriage and our home to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

Six years ago I made those promises. Today I make those promises again. For the rest of my life, I will continue to make those same promises everyday.

Happy Anniversary, PapaFish!

I still do...wedding vows