I’m so glad you’re here! We are definitely due for a good catch-up coffee date, don’t ya think? Because life is busy and it’s easy to let the everyday things slip through the cracks. And though I’m
enduring enjoying my latest series with you, hehe, and I love to share an occasional recipe or bit of encouragement, I really love sitting down and imagining we are actually hanging out over a leisurely cup of coffee.
I’m guessing some of you will relate: I have a few friends who I meet for coffee or a meal just a few times a year, and when we finally meet up, we basically act like school girls, full of shrieks and giggles and “You look so great!” and “No YOU look so great!” and “I love your hair!” and “I have a million questions!” and “You start!” and “No you go first!”
It’s quite a scene. But it’s awesome. And that’s how I feel today.
And today I’m extra giddy because: Well, first of all: today is my birthday. And there’s no one I’d rather start the day with than you. (You know I love you guys!) And lately I’ve thought a lot back to 7 years ago — on my 40th birthday, when I sat at a restaurant, nursing baby Levi (and thinking that I never would have imagined nursing a baby on my 40th birthday. haha.) I was totally happy then. But, there was also something stirring in me…Something I couldn’t put my finger on. Then, 2 months later (on New Years day, 2011) I sat down and wrote my first blog post. And my life has not been the same since.
“Baby” Levi ^^ getting in the zone before last weekend’s surf heat. 😉
I have loved this blogging journey, and I am SO thankful for the community that has grown because of all of the amazing people who keep showing up to read, comment, and just be real with me here.
Aw, now I’m getting all teary.
Anyways, back to ME: (haha) Though it’s nearly impossible for moms to get a reeeeeal day off, I happen to be a fan of allofthereasons to celebrate, including (and especially?) my birthday. So, somewhere between Levi’s homeschool phonics class and the third load of laundry, I have a little secret plan to slip out of the house to an undisclosed location (I’m looking at you nail salon or favorite boutique) to do a little…well, I think we call it “self care.” Birthday style.
I wish you could join me.
But there’s more: The real celebrations will be happening over the next few days AND weeks. Our good friends, the Thompsons (yes, Roger Thompson —the author — and his wife and 2 sons) are in town this week, so we’ll be having some fun celebrating with them. Also: Dave and I might get to do a little island-hop getaway this weekend. And…
Finally: I’m not just celebrating my birthday…I’m celebrating something else too…Something very exciting, that I cannot wait to share with you, in the near future.
(stay tuned…I promise to fill you in soon!)
But as for today — I’ll share a few random updates, and a few fun links, and then YOU get to comment at the end sharing anything from your life that you would share over a cup of coffee. (Coffee dates should definitely be two-way conversations.)
From our island life…
1. Luke got baptized. Though he has loved the Lord since he was a little boy, recently Luke wanted to make a public profession of his faith. And I’m proud of him because (believe it or not-) he gets really nervous in front of crowds (unless he’s on a surfboard). It was just awesome; His Dad and his youth leader, Sergio, baptized him here on the North Shore, with a bunch of friends and family from our church there too.
*Photos, compliments of Emily Turner
2. (Speaking of surf contests), Levi just competed in the 41st annual Menehune contest in Haleiwa. A gazillion kids were in this year’s contest, but Levi did super good: as a young 7, he competed against 7 and 8 year olds, and he advanced out of his first heat but did not make it further than that. Since Dave was working, I really appreciated Luke being there all day to coach and support his little bro.
3. Fall is in the air on the North Shore. Waves are rolling in, and — interestingly, everyone is smiling.
4. If you follow my healthyhappyandfree Instagram account (and I hope you do!) you might have seen my latest dilemma: I want to start drinking lemon water more (because it’s good for you, right?) but I have no intention of giving up coffee. I asked for some help on the situation. Thankfully a lot of avid lemon water+coffee drinking friends helped me figure this thing out. Life is complicated, we need each other.
I’m sure there is more, but kids are waking up now and there are rumors of a birthday breakfast in the plans, so I’d better sign off. Click on a few links I’ve gathered below for interesting reads and mouth-watering recipes:
Reads from the Internet:
The Secret to Raising Grateful Kids Kristen Welch.
The 25 Happiest cities in the US. (Does your city make the cut?) From Motherly
Permission to be Less than Great A Life in Progress
Why Self Care is an important part of parenting, and how to make time for it. The Washington Post
I watched in bewilderment while a man tried to return butternut squash because he thought it was cheese. SB Nation (haha, the title alone is worth it.)
The Dirty Truth (My birthday post from 2 years ago)
Just ordered this book and I now it’s gonna be great: Becoming MomStrong: How to Fight with All That’s in You for Your Family and Your Faith By Heidi St. John.
FALL RECIPES TO CHECK OUT:
Pumpkin Gingerbread Coffee Cake. (I drool.) From Country Cleaver.
Instand Pot Wild Rice Soup. (OK–WHO out there has an instant pot!?? I’m feeling a little behind the game on this one!) From Pinch of Yum.
Apple, Pomegranate, and Ginger Cobbler Yes, please!! From Climbing Grier Mountain.
And a few fall favorites from my archives: Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal. (<–a reader favorite.) Healthy Butternut Squash Mexican Casserole (if you haven’t tried this, you’re missing out!) Pumpkin Spice Energy Balls (a fall-twist on a favorite healthy treat!) and Perfect Pumpkin Scones. (a personal favorite!)
Now, make my birthday complete by sharing in comments: What’s new? How’s your fall going? Anything goes!…I look forward to catching up with you!
Love you all!
Another photo by Emily, which I love because it pretty much sums up my 46th year of life. 🙂