california, Camping, dogs, Family, Hiking, outdoors, Pets, Travel

Snow Much Fun

There’s something magical about snow covered mountains. This is especially true in Southern California where we really don’t get snow at elevations under about 5000 feet. Last weekend, as we prepared for the advent of spring, we headed up our local mountains in search of an adventure for our pets. About an hour away from… Continue reading Snow Much Fun

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The Long Road to Loss

My girls hold close their grandpa's flag. Last year I wrote a post about grieving through the anticipation of death and loss. This year, on what would have been my dad’s seventy-third birthday, I am finishing up plans for a socially distanced compliant church memorial service. For over two years now we have felt the… Continue reading The Long Road to Loss

Beaches, california, Dog, dogs, Family, outdoors, Pets, Travel, Uncategorized

Dog Days at the Beach

Owen's leash drags behind him as he plays in the Pacific. In these golden years of our Golden’s life, we’ve been adventuring more with him and trying to make the most of the time. He's been a part of our family since his adoption at the Pasadena Humane Society over eight years ago, and although… Continue reading Dog Days at the Beach

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Christmas Greetings 2020

Merry Christmas from Owen and Penelope While Christmas present for us looks quite different from bright memories of Christmases past, there is still much to be thankful for even in the midst of what has been for us a difficult holiday season. I acknowledge that we are not alone; this year has brought for many… Continue reading Christmas Greetings 2020

Family, traditions, Uncategorized, writing

The Last Good Day

Jacob's Eagle Court of Honor took place the Saturday before the first shutdowns in March. Happy nine month anniversary of ‘14 days to flatten the curve.’ Needless to say 2020 has not been what anyone expected, and the loss of what used to be has brought about some difficult emotions, especially as we head toward… Continue reading The Last Good Day