Looking Back at 2019: A Year of Endurance

Endurance noun: the fact or power of enduring an unpleasant or difficult process or situation without giving way adjective: denoting or relating to a race or other sporting event that takes place over a long distance or otherwise demands great physical stamina ******* Several years ago, I started a tradition in which my last blog […]

Looking Back at 2018: A Year of Awakening

Several years ago, I started a tradition in which my last blog post of the year was a reflection on the past 12 months, both in words and photos. Many people start January by choosing a word as their guiding theme for the year ahead. I could never quite get into that idea. My tradition […]

Looking Back at 2017: A Year of Personal Transformation

If 2016 was a year that reflected change for me, then 2017 is a year that embodied transformation. What’s the difference between change and transformation, you ask? For me, change was moving to a new state and starting a new life in a completely difference place. But transformation is personal and represents evolving in a […]

Looking Back at 2016

When I reflected at the end of 2015, I wrote that the year was defined by new, adventure and non-stop. When I think of 2016, one word comes to mind: change. Change defined this year for us in a big way — moving from San Diego to Indiana. It was scary and exciting, but has […]

Looking Back at 2015

If I had to pick three words to describe 2015, they would be these: new, adventure and non-stop. We began 2015 by introducing Cody to our family. It’s strange to think he’s only been with us for a year because he’s such an integrated part of our family now. When he came to us he […]

Snapshots: Thinking, Reading, Doing and Snapping (Fall 2015)

The Snapshots post is back! Here’s a look at what’s been happening this fall. Thinking and Doing … This fall has been a whirlwind of activity. Sophie started second grade and has been immersed in homework and school activities, as well as soccer and Girl Scouts. I’ve been very busy with my work and teaching. […]

A Bounty of Pumpkin Desserts

This post originally ran in September 2013. But in the spirit of pumpkin and full, I’m sharing it again for new readers and those of you searching for pumpkin recipes. It’s the most wonderful time of the year … fall! I absolutely love the season of apples, pumpkins, harvest festivals, falling leaves, sweater weather, jeans, […]

Snapshots: Thinking, Reading, Doing, Snapping and Eating (Summer 2015)

The Snapshots post is back! Here’s a look at what I’ve been doing, watching and so forth this summer. Thinking and Doing … This has not been the relaxing summer that I hoped to have. Don’t get me wrong — it has not been bad and I am certainly grateful to sleep in! But the […]

Snapshots: Looking Back at 2014

There’s something refreshing about turning the calendar page to a new month. Even more so, a new year. Each year always brings its challenges, joys and surprises. Of course, some months and days are better than others. And some feel like they’ll never end. While I generally consider myself a positive person (glass is half-full, […]