Monday, June 2, 2014


So, I've been noticeably absent from the blog since late last year. In my defense, things have changed noticeably around here. The doors of Garrett Family Medicine opened on January 2, 2014, and we are officially self-employed. 

Sure, it's just seeing patients and helping them get better. While I didn't believe it would be that easy, I certainly didn't expect the learning curve ahead. 

While most things have settled down, it's still an adjustment for me. My responsibilities at the office are sometimes flexible and I really enjoy my time there because I truly believe we offer great care and really help people. Outside of that, it's hard to spring back into my role of full-time Mom. 

The balancing act is no joke. So, of course, the blog is one element that has taken a back seat. My hope is I'll be able to post date a bit and fill in some of the gaps, but the truth is when we're not working/managing the office, we're trying to enjoy this thing called life (whether I'm documenting it or not).

Thanks for being patient with me, friends. 

Great Outdoors

Friday afternoon we crossed family camping off the summer bucket list. It stormed off & on, so the camp site was wet & muddy. Probably even more perfect for a pair of excited, adventurous boys.

We made sure to create perfect s'mores, by any means necessary.

Nearby trails led to fun waterfall views & a thrill of exploration for Jack & Sam.

We capped off our night with Mad Libs by the fire, sparklers, bubbles & glow sticks. 

And despite the notice above, we managed to survive our adventure. 

Monday, December 2, 2013

A little boy

You were probably stuffing your face with turkey and all the fixings last Thursday. I won't lie; we were too. But, we were also celebrating the milestone of six years as parents. Our first born, turned six, and I'm at a loss for words when trying to think about where the time went.

Six sounds so much older than five. Mostly because the preschool years are behind us. Those carefree mornings watching Curious George and pjs until 10 am are farther and fewer between. I cannot complain though, I have done my best to savor those days. And, this precious little baby of mine has grown into a curious and handsome little boy who loves learning. Just yesterday as my mind was flooded with the responsibilities looming this week, he piped in about how thankful he was that today was Monday, so he could go back to school!

Is there a lump in my throat or a tear or two rolling down my cheek as I think back to that day six years ago? Of course, that's the day I became a mom. Like most would probably admit, I felt ill prepared for parenting, despite the numerous books and articles I'd read (insert eye roll here). It really is true what they say about deciding to become a parent. It is the decision to forever allow your heart to walk around outside your body. 

As more time passes, I'm realizing that the best preparation for becoming a parent has been my faith in Jesus Christ. I have absolute certainty in God's unfailing love. His love has been so incredibly demonstrated and His plan for my life and the lives of my family members is meant to glorify Him. I can trust in His plan.

Part of that trusting is letting go of those snuggly mornings and impromptu play dates at the park. But, because God is good, those sweet memories give way to spontaneous trips for ice dream after school and listening to my oldest read. He's not a baby; he's a little boy. Besides, six doesn't sound anywhere near as old as seven, and we're still a whole year away from that.

But, then they have to pay me!

Several months back I blogged about my future astronaut, who turned six on Thursday, by the way. As can be expected with children who have barely begun their school years, he's changed his life's ambition yet again.

Both our boys have a bit of an obsession with New York City. Jack's is partly thanks to the Big Apple Adventure VBS theme a couple of summers ago. Anyway, Jack has decided since he'd like to live in New York, he would like to drive a taxi. Never one to squash dreams, we have assured him that he can be the best taxi driver in New York City.

On the way home from bible study tonight the topic came up again. Sam, our three-year-old, was lamenting about the fact that Josh would not be home when we got there, "I wish Daddy didn't have night work on this night."

I reminded him that God had called our daddy to be helper and that tonight was a night that he was doing his best to help people. Jack added, "that's what all jobs are; they are to help people." After a short pause, he added, "except the job I'm going to do. It's not really helping people."

Just to test his current mood, I explored, "Really? What job are you going to do?" He said, "You know...a taxi driver." In the spirit of encouragement I assured him that taxi drivers help people get where they need to go. I went further in an effort to emphasize, "One day you may pick up someone who is sick or maybe even a pregnant lady who is about to have a baby, and you'll need to drive them to the hospital. That will be helpful."

Without even a pause, he chimed in, "but, then they have to pay me."

Friday, November 22, 2013

Giving Thanks

Jack enjoying the turkey cookie he made @ school. 

Sam getting his fill of a turkey cupcake.

Cute kindergarten Indians. 

In Plenty & In Want

The daily devotion I'm working through this month has a theme of thankfulness. Shocker, I know. Today it challenged me about being thankful in times of plenty and in want. You've heard it before; give thanks for your circumstances. In need, hunger, pain, suffering and gratitude. But, I think I had glossed over what a privilege it is to give thanks in times of plenty.

Sure, I give thanks for the food that graces my table, the three sweet guys that gather around it with me and the roof above our heads. I've even thanked God when I found the missing shoe or that overdue library book. But, plenty is not just these fleeting moments.

"Plenty is not just a season or a lifestyle enjoyed by a group of lucky people, just as want is not just a sad face emoji that begs to be prayed for and brought a meal. We cannot simply characterize our circumstances on a sliding scale from famine to abundance because, for the believer, plenty and want are constant states of being" - She Reads Truth, 11/22/13

Each of us have real, tangible, plentiful blessings. In reality, our constant state is a want and need for grace. I'm so thankful I know the ultimate and faithful supplier! I'm challenging myself to count my blessings not just because it's a time of thanksgiving, but because it honors my God and His generous love for me!

"Think how much grace one saint requires, so much that nothing but the Infinite could supply him for one day; and yet the Lord spreads his table, not for one, but many saints, not for one day, but for many years; not for many years only, but for generation after generation." - Charles Spurgeon

Do you need an overflowing cup of His mercy today?

Monday, November 18, 2013

Scenes of Fall

Gracious, he's cute!

Celebrated the end of our first flag football experience with a trot around the Raider field!

We can't ever get enough s'mores around this place!

Cheering our ducks on at Jaemor

Survived the corn maze yet again!

Pumpkin cookie decorating

He looks so innocent...

This guy is wild!

Such a corny kid!

Trunk or Treat fun with friends!

Jack carving his jack'o lantern!