Europe and the United Kingdom, Family, Historical sites, Kids, Travel, Uncategorized, writing

The International Adventures of Chris the Puppy

Chris the Puppy between the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia, Istanbul It has been a busy season of travel lately, more so than I am typically used to. From July 2021 till now, every month has seen a new adventure. From camping in Yosemite to international flights to Prague to take Emily to school… Continue reading The International Adventures of Chris the Puppy

Family, Kids, parenting, School, Uncategorized, writing

The Class of 2021

Don't blink, I told myself not long ago. Because all too quickly, the kiddos are growing up. In a scenario that I could not have foreseen as I sent the kids to elementary school over a decade ago, my two eldest children both graduated high school in the midst of the Covid19 pandemic. Jacob graduated… Continue reading The Class of 2021

american west, california, Camping, Hiking, Kids, national parks, outdoors, Travel, Uncategorized, writing

Yosemite Valley Views

It’s no secret how much my girls and I love visiting Yosemite National Park. There is no shortage of wonders to behold, and with literally hundreds of miles of trail to explore, it’s not a surprise that Yosemite is one of our favorite places in the world. The last time we visited the park, we… Continue reading Yosemite Valley Views

Family, Kids, safety, Uncategorized, writing

San Gabriel Valley Resource List

As we continue our slow emergence from a global pandemic, life is beginning to feel more like normal. Schools across Southern California have returned to some form of in-person instruction, and we are now looking forward to graduations and other end-of-the-year celebrations. While these events are greatly modified from the parties of years past, at… Continue reading San Gabriel Valley Resource List

aging parents, Family, Kids, Uncategorized, writing

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