A trip to northern Michigan

Josh and I traveled to beautiful Traverse City, Mackinac Island, and Harbor Springs for the wedding of one of his high school friends. Josh and Kurt have stayed friends all these years, and we were honored to be there as he married Kammy. They met 12 years ago at USC, and had some touches of their alma mater in the details of their wedding. The fantastic affair had an amazing live band and ended with a long firework show. Amazing. Josh and I loved seeing the beauty of northern Michigan. We flew into traverse city, which has a lovely and small airport, and spent the first night just the two of us at the Sugar Beach Resort. We had dinner on a rooftop pizza place. The next day, we drove the hour and a half to Mackinac city where we took the ferry to the island and met up with Danielle and Jason. No motor-powered vehicles are allowed there, and the homes are out of this world. We took a horse carriage tour of the island. Then we were off to Boyne Highlands resort, where we should stay for the wedding. Friday night was a welcome dinner in Harbor springs, with a boat ride to see the “cottages” built before the Great Depression for some of America’s wealthiest families, where they still visit for six weeks each summer (and six weeks only). The cottages were amazing mansions in actuality for families like the Bissels. Saturday was the wedding, and we took a scenic drive down MI 119 the “tunnel of trees.” It is truly a special place. Enjoy some photos of our lovely weekend!

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San Mateo Camping

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Start of School Photos

Some of these (of Jacob) you may have seen, but here are my edited “school photos” for you to enjoy:



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Our trip to Great Wolf Lodge

We visited Great Wolf Lodge over the weekend for Indian Guides. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a hotel and indoor water park. The kids were in heaven! Slides, a wave pool, lazy river, and so much water! I made a video of our trip:

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It’s all fun and games

Jacob is REALLY into playing games right now. Board games at times; more often cards. Go Fish, UNO, crazy 8s, and even solitaire if he has to. It’s great to see his mind at work on strategy and bluffing. Naturally, he’s very competitive. As he’s graduated to more difficult games like crazy 8’s, he needs to know the suits, and spades and clubs are hard for him to understand and differentiate, so he calls them as he sees them, and they are puppy feet. How cute is that?!

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Fearfully and wonderfully made

I use the Bible app, and tonight’s verse is one of my very favorites:

“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭139:13-14‬ ‭NLT‬‬


It really captures the miracle that is the human body, and the intention and love that goes into each part that He makes on each person. You are beautiful and perfect in the most lovely, intentional way. Your body is how God made it. He loves you just the way you are. How beautiful an idea, and how hard it is to grasp. I think, especially for women in our society, we lose sight of the utter perfection of our physical bodies, and instead focus on what we think is wrong. Oh, I am so guilty of this! I spend tile criticizing and even, dare I say it, hating so many of my “beautifully complex” parts. I don’t think of it as an insult to God, but didn’t he make me exactly the way He wanted me? Shouldn’t I celebrate that?

I hope that you, reading this verse, feel the majesty of your own physical body. It was indeed fearfully and wonderfully made. You are perfect just the way you are.

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Jacob is a first grader!






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A weekend in Big Bear

I‘ve just uploaded a movie to YouTube!

You can check it out here:

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Making pasta

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The poltergeist that wasn’t

This afternoon, out of nowhere, both of our garage doors started opening and closing, rapidly, on their own. I searched the kids for remotes. Jackson was sleeping but I patted him down anyway. I checked the box of car washing supplies I had used earlier (maybe a remote fell in and was being smooshed?) I disconnected the doors and yet the motors kept sliding back and forth, part of the way down and back. I unplugged one of them to stop it from moving, but couldn’t reach the plug on the other. I finally called the installer of the doors and he was confused as well. He walked me through resetting both motors, and I did, knowing that I would have to reset every remote if I did. He told me to leave the doors alone for one hour and see if they started to move. I busied myself, emptying the dishwasher and then the dryer. And then I found it. In Jackson’s clothes on the dryer was not one, but TWO garage remotes. They survived a wash cycle and went crazy during the dry.

Lil stinker…

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