Halloween Themed Snacks

Happy Halloween! In celebration of Halloween, I wanted to share with you a fun snack idea I made for my sons' football team last season. It isn't really a "recipe" per say. But, it's a fun food idea so I think it fits for today! I like to try to have a healthy treat to… Continue reading Halloween Themed Snacks


Night to Shine: How I Grew Through Serving the Special Needs Community

Recently my church joined 537 other churches around the world to host Night to Shine. Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs ages 14 and older. On one night, February 9, 2018, 537 churches from around the world came together to host Night to… Continue reading Night to Shine: How I Grew Through Serving the Special Needs Community

Family/Motherhood/Military Life

Deployment: A Submariner Wife’s Perspective of the toughest words a military spouse can hear. So many emotions come up when I hear that word: loneliness, stress, loss, fear, sadness, exhaustion... I pride myself on typically being an uplifting and positive person. However, this can be a struggle at times when I'm faced with the extremely difficult task of staying… Continue reading Deployment: A Submariner Wife’s Perspective

Hiking · photo challenge

Out of This World Weird

Hiking/Photo Challenge Photo Challenge: Out of this world There is nothing more "out of this world" than finding an abandoned outhouse in the middle of a bamboo forest in Hawaii...with an astronaut on it! Today, I co-lead a hike to Lululmahu Falls here on Oahu, HI. It was literally DOWNPOURING once we arrived at the trailhead. However,… Continue reading Out of This World Weird

Healthy Living

Smile: Make Life Beautiful Again

What's the first thing you notice about a person when you see them? Is it the color of their eyes? Maybe it's their outfit or the way they style their hair? For me, it's the smile. Sometimes, it's the lack thereof. I think a person's face (particularly their smile) can say so much about the person… Continue reading Smile: Make Life Beautiful Again

Faith · Family/Motherhood/Military Life

A 2nd Chance at Life: Hawaii’s Ballistic Missile Warning

It's been a pretty emotional couple of days here in Hawaii. Saturday morning at 8:08 (which just so happens to be our area code), Hawaii was woken to the Emergency Alert System blasting our cell-phones with a terrifying alert! Road alerts were flashing the warning. Sirens were blaring. The news announced the bomb threat. Twitter,… Continue reading A 2nd Chance at Life: Hawaii’s Ballistic Missile Warning


Less is More: A Few Blog Changes

Hi everyone! Yes, I know it's been a hot minute since I've written. I have been traveling and enjoying the holidays at home in Nebraska. You can read a little about it here: From Hawaii to Nebraska: Adjusting to the Cold Weather My United Step-Family: How We Spend the Holidays Together as One Family I… Continue reading Less is More: A Few Blog Changes