Around Here, Lately

 Farewell to Palm Springs

One last weekend helping settle my late great uncle's home in Palm Springs.

 Swings with Poppy

Swings with Poppy.

 Palm Springs Sunset

This sunset.

 Emmie's 2nd Birthday Party

Friends and family getting cozy in our tiny home (after being rained out at the park) to celebrate Emmie's 2nd birthday.

 Leftover Birthday Flowers

Leftover birthday flowers.

 Little Feminist Books

These Little Feminist books (a birthday gift from a special auntie) and the little girl who has become obsessed with them.

 Creative Family Manifesto by Amanda Blake Soule

This new book, gifted to our family from a very thoughtful friend.

 Snuggles with Dada

Finally all feeling healthy after a bout of sickness.

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Saying farewell to our bed and sharing a room with Emmie - more on that soon!


Reflecting on 2017

I love the freshness of a new year - the distinct re-focusing of intentions, the camaraderie in setting resolutions, the hope in accomplishing new goals.  Whether or not we actually stay our intended course is irrelevant, because everything feels new and possible now, and I can't help but give in to such resolute optimism.

But before charging headfirst into the new year, reflecting on this past year reminds me of all the life that has been lived to bring me to today.  It helps celebrate where we have been, how we have grown, and who we are becoming.  Honoring the days behind helps center my intentions for the days ahead.

Last year was filled with so much life for our family, it's amazing to think it all fit into just twelve months.  It was a year of decisions and transitions, loss and hope, change and flexibility, and reorienting ourselves with what really matters most.  Many of our moments went undocumented, but here are a handful of highlights from our year.

 Emmie learning to walk.

Emmie learning to walk.

 Marching and documenting the Women's March in San Diego.

Marching and documenting the Women's March in San Diego.

 Sunset watching with friends.

Sunset watching with friends.

 Emmie's first birthday!

Emmie's first birthday!

 Exploring the Venice Canals.

Exploring the Venice Canals.

 Delighting in the super bloom.

Delighting in the super bloom.

 Father's Day at Tourmaline Beach.

Father's Day at Tourmaline Beach.

 Celebrating seven years of marriage.

Celebrating seven years of marriage.

 Continuing our journey of living small with a toddler.

Continuing our journey of living small with a toddler.

 Lots of beach trips.

Lots of beach trips.

 Kate's 30th birthday!

Kate's 30th birthday!

 Exploring Minneapolis.

Exploring Minneapolis.

 Visiting family in Kansas.

Visiting family in Kansas.

 Enjoying life as a family of three. (Photo by  Jackie Wonders )

Enjoying life as a family of three. (Photo by Jackie Wonders)


Our 2017, in a nutshell:

Emmie took her first steps.  Kate marched.  Emmie got her first teeth.  Luke quit his teaching job (after seven years!).  Luke went back to school for web development.  Emmie turned one!  We survived no income for six months.  Luke started a new career!  We delighted in the super bloom.  We celebrated seven years of marriage (and our first baby-free weekend away!).  Emmie spoke her first sentences.  We visited friends in Flagstaff and family in Minneapolis - both new cities for us to explore.  Kate turned 30!  We walked alongside a dear friend through her breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.  We deepened local longtime friendships, and made some new ones too.  Kate's mom got re-married.  Emmie turned into a toddler overnight.  We purged a lot of things.  We decided to stay put and continue our small living journey.  We lost three beloved elders in Kate's family.  Emmie ran around with her cousins in Kansas.  Luke built stuff.  We spent time in Palm Springs helping settle family affairs.  We started reading the book of Acts with friends.  We went on a lot of neighborhood walks.  Emmie picked a lot of flowers.  Kate took a lot of pictures.  We drank a lot of coffee.