Aloha, and welcome to my brand new site!
You may know me from thegrommom.com, where I blogged for three and a half years.
I live on the North Shore of Oahu, where I am wife to Doctor-slash-farmer Dave, and the homeschooling Mom to four surfer boys. Around here we call kids like that “grommets,” or “groms,” thus the name of my previous blog…and still my social media name. 🙂
My boys surf and skate as much as ever, and I still love to share about their adventures, but my site grew to be about much more than that. So, last August I decided it was time to re-launch my site, with a brand new name…My name. 😉
And about me? Well, here’s my quick history: I was born and raised in a small town south of Seattle, Washington…I went to college in Southern California (Pepperdine University,) and landed in Oregon for graduate school. All of my plans changed when I met the handsome and intriguing David Swanson. We hit it off, and married within a year. The next year he started medical school in Portland, and there began the journey of being a medical spouse.
Four years later, we transplanted to Hawaii for Dave’s Family Practice medical residency. That was thirteen years ago…(and of course there is MUCH more to that story.)
I love Hawaii, but I miss autumn in the Pacific Northwest, and you’re likely to hear me
whine talk about it if you stick around. My (academic/professional) background is in health and fitness, and I’m still passionate about all of that, but these days I spend most of my time between being home school Mom by day, and blogger by late night/infrequent stolen moments.
I love to cook, run trails, and laugh at good humor. (Teenage humor being my current favorite.) I love clothes and style, even though I spend most of my days barefoot, in shorts and a tank top. I have an obsession with growing out my bangs, even though I’ll never do it. I drink a lot of coffee, but I can also power nap on demand in under four minutes. (it’s a gift.) Oh–and before anything else–I love God and cannot even believe His goodness to me. He is the reason for anything good you see in me, I promise.
As for this site—Here’s a bit of what you can expect to find:
**My writing on topics that I am passionate about: Parenting, marriage, health, and faith. My heart’s desire is to encourage, give fresh perspectives, and inspire people to be balanced and healthy, inside and out.
**Updates from our country home, and the projects we’re doing, (building a skate park, growing a veggie garden, remodeling projects...unending projects,) as well as the latest tropical fruits growing on our property.
**A recipe every week or two–Usually incorporating something we grow on our property, and most of the time using healthy/whole food ingredients. (You will still find real sugar and butter on occasion. My kids nod in approval.)
**Finally, I reserve the right to a category simply dedicated to Miscellany. Anything goes. I enjoy an occasional review or giveaway when the time is right. Stories, adventures, stuff about being a doctor’s wife–it all might show up. Sometimes I share a cause that I am passionate about, or a book that I love. I also enjoy featuring some of the incredible people or places that surround us here in this special North Shore community that we call home.
Also, as a Christian, you’ll see my faith come up very naturally in many of the things I write about. I do not post on a lot of specifically “spiritual” topics, but it’s just who I am and a part of everything I do.
I also am a regular writer for a few other places and there you can find more devotional-style writing. (If you have questions though, or want to talk about spiritual things–please don’t hesitate. That makes my day.)
Now, I hope you will kick off your shoes, (hawaiian style,) and make yourself at home! Have a look around. Of course it will take some time to get this site all settled in and arranged like any new home, but I’m just so happy to be here. I honestly want to know about you too, so leave a comment as you go.
With Much aloha,
Monica, and family