Friday, August 21, 2009


This has been an extremely hard week. Death is never easy, especially losing someone so close to me...I think I'm all cried out. Monday night, my mom's best friend, who's been like another mom to me, lost her battle with pancreatic cancer.

Ask anyone who knew her, Kim was a godly, vibrant, beautiful and compassionate woman. She lit up a room with her smile, her elegance and all six feet of her commanded your attention. I will miss her so much.
My heart goes out to her family - her husband Bruno, daughter Nicole and son Jean Paul and their families. They have watched her suffer over the years and were all surrounding her when she breathed her last. They have such a strong bond as a family and have shown amazing strength, I can't imagine what they must be going through.

Next week, we'll fly down to LA to celebrate her in life and in death, as we rejoice knowing she is in Heaven with her Savior, a place she always longed to be...we will see her again! Even with that promise, life here without her will never be the same. I will miss her smile, feeling her warm hugs, smelling her perfume (her signature scent), hearing her laugh and that funny whistle that every kid cracked up at. I'll miss our long talks on the phone, her wise counsel and her genorosity. She always thought of others first and that was so evident in her words especially - when you received a card or letter from Kim it was a gift in itself because you knew you were getting something so special that was carefully thought out and meaningful. Words were her love language and she spoke right to your heart.

Kim, you have left a lasting impression on this earth. I will never forget the ways you loved me and my family. I promise to care for your loved ones as much as I can and I look forward to the day I see your smiling face again. I love you so much.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Lummi Island

We had a fun time visiting Brian's Aunt and Uncle's house on Lummi Island. Nothing beats the beauty of the islands of Washington (aka San Juan Islands - shout out to Sara!) It was a quick getaway and a long drive (4 hours each way) but always worth it to see family, be near the water and give our kids fun experiences. Livi had a great time riding the ferry, being the center of attention and exploring the beach. She is at an age where everything is new and exciting to her! I'd definitely love to go back soon!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Two Years...

and 175 posts later. Wow. I don't have the sticktuitiveness to a particular "thing" that I always wish I had, I guess this has stuck, I finally found my niche. My first post (click HERE) was written two years ago, tomorrow actually. I can't believe it...two years gone by, two babies had, two more years of marriage and two years of growth. I definitely was a different person, in many ways, those two short years ago.

It is very humbling to know that there are people out there interested to read the happenings of our life - our little family in our little town. I always wanted to document this time and never knew what that would look like. It's my take on our family album, like a live scrapbook, that I get to share with you regularly.

So thanks...for all the comments, support and encouraging things you say. Keep em coming and here's to the next two years!

Happy Blog-a-versary!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


The Sharps (Brian's sis and her clan) came last week from Cali and it was a fun time! I think the best part was seeing Livi's face light up when she saw "Morgi, endall-boo, and tarsen" AKA Morgan, Kendall and Carson. The girls were such helpers to me and like little mommies watching out for O. Carson was patient with Liv's little two year old antics, poor guy is out numbered by all these girls! My camera charger is missing (as are many things lately) so Jen sent me a few picsthat she took. I'll post this one with more to come!

Monday, August 3, 2009

A Little Bit of Livi...

singing her ABC's with Elmo and India.Arie. Enjoy!