Checking in

It’s been a while, but I’m still here. I’m down nearly 20lbs to date and I feel good. This journey has not been without struggles as we’ve been riding an emotional roller coaster. 

I can tell that I’m beginning to feel the slide…meaning, I’m less motivated to track my food and now that school has started there are demands on my time that are keeping me sedentary.  

The other interesting factor is that just about the time my clothes feel loose and people begin to notice my weight loss, I start to feel somewhat entitled to that extra helping of whatever.  So, I’m here to remind myself to stay the course. I have 14 pounds to reach my first goal, and hopefully another 20 or so beyond that. 

I’m hoping to join a gym soon to keep me motivated and moving!! And spiritually, I’m leaning in and waiting on the Lord for His perfect timing in my life. He knows my heart and is using these trials to perfect my faith in Him!!

First Day of School!! 

Summer Projects


Last winter, the kids and I went to a silent auction in town. One of our middle school students was facing a major medical condition and the community rallied around them in support. 

We bid on horseback riding which we did last August, and a 3-pack of model cars. This week, Garth got them out to tackle one and Calder loves the focused work and special time with his Dad!! 

I’m also happy to report that our student has seen a full recovery and is doing very well!! 

First Full Week of Camp


This shot captures his cool exterior as he was prepping for his first full week at church camp. He’d been awake far too long the night before with nervous anticipation, and could hardly eat breakfast on the drive north. He pecs around the restaurant, then in the car vacillated between playing on his phone or sleeping – neither activity seeming to provide the right level of distraction or comfort. 

On Saturday – we picked him up and I was too amazed to take a picture – he seemed older, more confident and had made several new friends. Sure – his belongings were haphazardly packed and I learned he thought he lost his toothbrush Monday night, so we still had some evidence of his 9-ness, but the change in his actions was fantastic! 

He’s already ready to return! I pray for the wisdom and strength to be the mom he needs and to give him this same opportunity to be more independent at home. 

{gr}ATTITUDE ~ Day 2

Despite the fact that I was roaming the halls between 5-6am dropping of copies of the day’s assignments for my students, I was encouraged by the simple knowledge that my day off allowed my husband to enjoy a beautiful (and bright – thank you daylight savings time!) walk to school, and gave my kids an extra hour of sleep this morning.

I was able to drop my daughter off at school and watch her walk in the doors, already in her final year at this elementary school.  Wasn’t it just yesterday I was dropping her off for kindergarten?  The sun was shining and the promise of everything I love about autumn hung in perfect possibility.

My son and I spent a couple hours at the orthodontist, where, after 18 months, my tin grin fell away revealing my straight, pearly whites!



It’s still strange to look in the mirror and see only teeth.  White teeth.  Big white teeth.  Big teeth.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled, it’s just gonna take a while to get used to!

And the best part is that I’ll still be a regular at the orthodontist seeing as how my son will be getting his brackets on by the month’s end…photos forthcoming for sure!

Having wrapped up our appointment early, we were able to surprise Sis with lunch (McDonald’s of course) and then we ran around playing tag on the playground.  We headed to the middle school to say hello to Daddy and were greeted with cheers and celebration by the lunching seventh graders.

A mid-afternoon at home allowed us to catch up on a few things and gave Calder an opportunity to relax a little bit before we headed out to the next appointment in Lansing.

To top off the evening, we walked downtown for the kids to get a haircut and enjoyed the warmth of this fabulous November night.