May 26, 2021

slow down, resolutions reminder

I’ve been on the go physically and mentally pretty much the entire month of May. Exhaustion is creeping in, I think. I felt it last night. I love to stay busy and involved, but I need a reminder to slow down. Remember, to slow down was one of my new year's resolutions. So this is my reminder to myself:
Slow down. All of the things you have been involved in, planned, and carried out have been good. Now it is good to carve out time to be home and renew yourself with rest and the dailiness of life. A few days to catch up on house responsibilities and sleep will do wonders for your soul and your body. 

I hope I listen to myself. There are just too many things I want to do, I guess. 

One thing that has really helped me stay grounded during this busy month has been a daily walk. I wake up so stiff and in pain from my daily cancer meds. So I start the day with a walk through the neighborhood by myself. I couple that time with spiritual study and pondering and catching up on Marco polos. It has been the perfect way for me to start the day right now. I feel connected to myself, God, and others. That’s a good place to be at the opening of a day. I will keep it up until the dreaded Arizona heat conquers the early mornings, too.

Since I am talking about slowing down, I think this is a good time to check in on my other resolutions for this year. I also resolved to be more deliberate with my time. It is empowering to be in control of your time. Oh geez, I’m not perfect. But I have made huge strides, especially when it comes to social media, to be the master of my time and not waste away with mindless, unnecessary pastimes. My downtime is more deliberately chosen now to help me truly rest.

And my goal to read 52 books? I am completely on track with 19 books, almost 20, already finished. I jump between audible, my kindle, and (my favorite) turn the pages books and I love it. Jump on Goodreads of you want to follow along with what I’ve been reading.

Slow down. Be deliberate with my time. Read more.

May 23, 2021



Eight people gathered at the top of the stairs. All different feelings about pausing there. Some may call it torture to take a minute together as a family before bounding downstairs to see the treats and treasures that the easter bunny brought, but I call it centering on the most important thing first and an exercise in self control. We watched a short video about Jesus Christ then set the kids loose to find their baskets.

Two days before Easter, Perry told me that he wished for the Easter bunny to bring him a Harry Potter wand. And he knew that the Easter bunny would bring it because he knew the Easter bunny loved him so much. I’m glad Perry expressed this wish of his heart to me so I could witness the Easter bunny making dreams come true. Perry IS so loved.

I think her favorite thing was the toothbrushes.

Perry really was delighted by his wand. And Brinn was  actually just happy about everything.

Easter egg hunt!

This was the first year celebrating Easter in this house and our new backyard space made for a challenging hunt. In fact, just last week I found two eggs out there that we didn’t collect. Some kids only wanted the candy eggs, some only wanted the money eggs, and everyone wanted a golden egg.

The cutest little bunny. She had just moved up to 0-3 month clothes in time to wear this.

We had a little first Easter photo shoot.

I had the kids help me divide the eggs up by color. How pretty is this!!

Cousins came over for a second egg hunt and some prizes.

Easter 2021 family photo. 

We loved spending the evening at our friends house for dinner and an impromptu swim night.

More baby bunny pictures.

Layla made this cute card to finish off this celebration.

Because Jesus Christ lives, I get to have all of these happy, chaotic joyous moments with my family.