I want Life to Be Simple

I want Life to Be Simple

I want life to be simple, 

beautiful

and undistracted.

A life full of family,

and of running,

(oh yes, the miles!)

and of coffee in the morning.


I want life to be simple,

beautiful

and with plenty of trees,

(and water!)

and of coffee in the afternoon.

Spent with family:

wife,

kids,

and our no-good dogs.


I want life to be simple,

beautiful,

not free of pain

but free of suffering.

(Do you know the difference?)


I want life to be simple,

beautiful,

full of faith

and of

grace. 

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Photo Diary: Earth Day

Photo Diary: Earth Day

Hi, how was your weekend?

I had a four day weekend and deliberately wanted to spend the time outdoors together as a family. I also wanted to spend it away from Instagram, Facebook, posting, taking pictures, and so on and solely focus on enjoying my family, and that’s what we did except today where I took out my camera out to snap some pictures.

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Music of Our Parents

Music of Our Parents

In our 2007 Jeep, we have an album binder full of CDs from when CD buying was a thing. Our radio stopped working several years ago when I took the car to a car wash and came out without an antenna. The car already had bumps and bruises so I never considered replacing the antenna. Rather we moved forward, or should I say backward, to the world of compact disks. Among the CDs in the binder is a Top Hits of 1983. It may very well be my favorite album. There is something great about 80s music, dare I say, it was THE best music time period? READ MORE

Mad Mommy

Mad Mommy

Some days relationships are incredibly easy. Everyone is getting along and in a calm state of mind putting out positive energy into the world. But there are days and moments when tension is high, and relationships are hard and messy. READ MORE

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

The afternoon started as most do, I walked into the house and within one minute of Remi seeing me he was crying, and Sofia was asking me to play. I rushed to put my work bags down, say a quick hello to Joshua, and get the pumped breast milk in the refrigerator. I picked Remi up and began talking to Sofia. After a few minutes of sharing about our day, she was ready to play.
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Take a Deep Breath, Mom.

Take a Deep Breath, Mom.

Last night after our two bedtime stories, I sat in the rocking chair holding Remi like I always do waiting for Sofia to fall asleep. Some nights she falls asleep in five minutes but other nights, like last night, it takes her over thirty minutes. I could have left soon after the stories, but I decided when she was younger that I would stay with her until she fell asleep. It helps comfort her having one of us there, and it allows me to have some quite time with her. If the process is particularly long, I let her know that I will be going out and that I will come back in to check on her. She rarely objects.

There we were, in the dark room listening to Angel by Jack Johnson playing quietly in the background. My right leg beginning to feel numb from holding Remi while Sofia attempted to start conversations every five minutes. The first few times I didn’t mind and responded with, “yes, baby… (paused to listen) …okay. It’s time to go to sleep”. But by the sixth or seventh time of her calling out my patience was wearing thin. READ MORE

The Lonely Rainbow: The Power of Storytelling

The Lonely Rainbow: The Power of Storytelling

We have the same bedtime routine almost every night. After dinner and some play time we do the usual bath, brushing of teeth, giving bedtime kisses, and turning off the lights for our final part of bedtime, story time. When Sofia was younger we would read a few of her favorite books and sing a few songs until she drifted off. As she got older, the need for complete darkness in the room increased so, we began to tell her the popular bedtime stories that one always tells. Then one day she asked if I could tell her a story of a blue horse. I knew of no such story so, I made it up.

She loved it.
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Giving More by Giving Less

Giving More by Giving Less

It’s officially December! While I could do without the cold days, I love this time of year (yup, even though we only get two months of cold here, but I’m from Texas!). I love the music, the lights, buying and decorating the Christmas tree, the time to see loved ones, the time to rest (hopefully), and of course the peppermint flavored everything. This time is also a time of stress for many of us as we navigate through family gatherings, parties, and gift giving. READ MORE