We don’t live in Paradise. That town is actually about 15 or so minutes up the road across the river. In the last week and a half, I have felt completely irritated, completely lonely, completely uninspired and unmotivated. I have spoken harshly to the girls and Dan. Sometimes, I have apologized and asked forgiveness…other times to my shame, I have not. I have let myself become overwhelmed with trivial details. My eyes burned as we talked to my mom at a family gathering on Skype and Aneliese sat silently with a forlorn look that expressed the missing I was feeling. They are burning now differently because a skunk visited, Molly got sprayed, and the scent is still lingering. But as always, I have a choice. I can choose to stay in that place of defeat or I can choose to keep moving forward. And so these are some of the things that I have found delight in.

6:45 am and the girls are already on the trampoline. (Sitting like this before I came out)

Our new play place...a boat play ground.

Our meals may be random right now, but the walnuts were part of a going away gift of love from a dear friend

Creamy goodness.

Daddy and daughter working on our happy little hen house.


Watching my husband doing something that he loves.

A man who loves his girls so tenderly.