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

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 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

california, Kids, outdoors, Pets, Travel

Mountains of Monrovia

Penny and I enjoy the mountain views. With the state of California slowly opening up, I am happy to report that for the past several weeks, parks and playgrounds across Los Angeles County have been open. We still have to follow social distancing procedures and wear masks, but to be honest, after these many months,… Continue reading Mountains of Monrovia