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Monday, July 7, 2014

New Beginnings

Life lessons are sometimes hard to learn.
We are learning this summer that when life
hands you lemons you make lemonade.
Our trip to Maui was supposed to be very different.
So we had to change some plans and that's just what we did.
We brought our friends Jake and Meg who are my family of choosing, along with  Nonnie and Papa and everyone had a wonderful time.  Really how could we have anything, but a wonderful time.
The ocean in Nor Cal shall never be the same.
 Nakalele Blowhole
more impressive than this picture looks.
 Blackrock nearing sunset
 Two of my favorite little ones.
 My girl.
I am so lucky to call her my friend!
I would be utterly lost without her.

 The best parents a girl can have they are my heart!
Lily and I are so lucky
 to have the most
supportive people surrounding us.
 Hike to dragons teeth.
There may or may not have been whining
near these teeth.
 But, they found their sillies.
We were in Maui after all.
People who are grumpy in Maui are detected
and sent home.
There are strict rules.

 If you are ever going to Maui with kids
might I suggest Napili Bay.
The body surfing is mighty fine
and the turtles swim right up to the beach.

 My Guatemalan Beauty

 One more shot of Napili Bay.
Everyone in the group learned to paddle board.
We all got a little wet in the process.
It was so much fun!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Dear Lily,
        You are my girl.  I love you with all my heart, to the moon, around each and every star, and back again.  I am so sorry that I have to write you this letter.  I'm so sorry that your little life has been upended.  I want you to know that I tried.  I want you to know that I gave our family every last ounce of effort.  Sometimes things don't work out.  I never ever wanted you to have a disjointed, separated family.  I always wanted to be the best we could for you.  So I am very sorry that adult problems got in the way.  I'm very sorry those adult problems could not be fixed.  I want you to know that these problems had nothing to do with you.  You are the best thing to ever happen to me.  You are my sun and my stars.  Never could you have done anything to contribute to what happened with your dad and I.  Here is what I do know.  We will be fine.  I will always be here for you.  Our lives will be different, but they will be good.  We can still make happy memories.  We've already started baby girl.  We can move forward.   Families are created in all different ways.  Ours is a little different now, but it is filled with love.  We are surrounded by people who love us.  You are surrounded by people who love you. 
         I'm going to keep our family scrapbook.  Just because our family looks different it doesn't negate the love that was in this space before.  Baby you are LOVED!!  Your first 8 years of life have been filled with love and laughter.  All that love is important, every mile stone made was celebrated by lots of people who love you tremendously.  You, my girl, will continue to be celebrated, cheered on, and supported.  You will always be my girl.
                                      Love you
                                 with all my heart,


Sunday, December 15, 2013

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Sunday, December 8, 2013


Thanksgiving was a beautiful day.
My family decided not to spend all day cooking.
Instead we relaxed and enjoyed each others company.
Peter and I have different days off so we relish a whole day together.
November was unseasonably warm.
Still tank top weather. 
We took our dog Wally for a walk.
Even saw a flock of turkeys.
Apparently they didn't know what day it was.

Then we got all gussied up and met my parents for a dinner out.

 And then some sillies!

 It turned out to be a perfect day with
mi familia!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Giving this Thanksgiving

In October a very special little girl passed away.
She was adopted from Guatemala like Lily and my heart aches for this families loss.
I was having a bout of sleepless nights and one morning,
by morning I mean 3 am,
an idea was born.
I called it Acts for Avi.
The idea was for people to perform
 acts of kindness in honor of Avi.
People are amazing!
(At first I was going to do this whole thing anonymously, but the truth is it felt so good I had to share. Oh, and there is the fact that Avi's Daddy Dave, found out about my campaign, that kinda made the whole anonymous idea out of the question.)
Someone paid for another families meal at a restaurant,
someone else gave a loan to a family in Guatemala for clean drinking water,
a family donated money to a hospitals therapy dog program,
another family brought food to an elderly woman, and another made blessing bags for the homeless.
there were many more random acts of kindness done in honor of Avi, these are a few off the top of my head.
Every time I think people stink
(Like Friday when a 140 worth of clothes was stolen while black Friday shopping)
I'm going to think of these kind strangers who came together to honor a little one that touched their hearts like she touched mine.
As Acts for Avi took shape a new idea was born.
My own act of kindness, that I did with countless others, was to gather items for a school for homeless children in my area.  The school is called Mustard Seed School. 
I chose the school and the cause because it is close to Avi's families heart and I'll have to say it's now close to mine too.
I was able to donate 11 backpacks
each backpack was filled with:
a binder
a pencil box filled with supplies
and one small stuffed animal to bring comfort.
My goal was 10 backpacks
As you can see the donations were so abundant that they overflowed the backpacks and landed on my living room floor.

 Countless people told me along the way what a good thing I was doing, and it was good.  It felt good. It made me smile, it gave me some perspective, and it taught me and my family a little bit more about how to give instead of take.  I didn't expect to feel this full after donating the items.  After driving through loaves and fishes and seeing homeless mothers with their children, having men direct my car to a parking space, men I would avoid eye contact with on the street and clutch my purse a little tighter, its hard not to find perspective.
Avi taught so many people about love and patience and tenacity without a single word. 
Lily has never experienced what it would be like to be a have not.  She is one of the kindest, good hearted, sensitive kids I know, but she was a little snarky when purchasing these items.   she asked why I cared so much about homeless kids.  She could not grasp what homeless meant. And why would she?  She has never wanted for anything.  When we drove through Loaves and Fishes she had lots of questions and ended up with some perspective of her own. 
My official campaign is over but I will continue to honor Aviana by doing small random acts of kindness whenever I can.  I will continue to teach my daughter the heart of giving.  Thank you Aviana for teaching us all a lesson in giving
 this Thanksgiving season.
You were truly one of the purest little souls I've ever met.  I am truly blessed to have known and snuggled with you while you were here, I am saddened by your physical loss,
 but happy you are free dear little one
May you run wild and free with Kama and always be in Peace.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Rockstar Party- 8th Birthday

 Lily told me months before her birthday she wanted a Rock Star Party.
We had a Rockin' good time celebrating with friends!
Setting the stage

A Rock Star Party just isn't complete without
staff, security, and VIP badges!
Photo Booth Fun!

On Stage!

My friend Diana is a Zumba instructor
She taught the Rock Stars some moves.
They learned a routine to Katy Perry's Roar.
I'm pretty sad I didn't get a video.
Rock Star Moves


And the cake
My friend and cake extraordinaire Meg
made this for us.
Truly perfect.
I have the best friends around!

 Some after party antics.