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At the end of September we slipped away to San Diego for a mini family vacation. I had too much fun planning snacks and activities for the road trip that I was probably having more fun than the boys while … Continue reading

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Christopher Creek

It was a surprise—our family day trip. Stephen told us on Saturday that he had taken off work on Monday so we could travel north to escape the heat for the day. I love surprises! Exploring is one of our … Continue reading

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Escape to Portland

My man and I took a babymoon last month. Babymoon=honeymoon trip without kids before Baby is born (just in case you’re not familiar with the term). We visited Portland for the first time! We stayed downtown in the Hotel deLuxe, … Continue reading

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A Bit of Beach

Cooper had his first taste of the ocean this month. In early August we were planning a day trip with our friends the Horkavys. After learning that a mutual friend of ours, Pastor Tim Sneeden had suddenly died of a … Continue reading

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A West Virginia Family Christmas

Grandma and Grandpa live “far, far away in West Virginia” (as Silas says). And the boys had their first Christmas with Grandma and Grandpa Manka and the Aunts. We landed on Christmas Eve day, and Mom and Dad picked us … Continue reading

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Mini Roadtrip

St. George, Utah will always be my special place. My own personal greenhouse where I grew into womanhood. I learned to love in new ways, to explore with abandon, to spread my wings, to soar. My first year out of … Continue reading

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Wedding Weekend

Stephen is already my favorite person, but he won my heart in new ways this past weekend. We flew with two babies for the first time. And we survived. Amy, Stephen’s youngest sister, was getting married in Indiana, and we … Continue reading

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Autumn in Indiana

I had visions in my head of leaves, cool weather, pumpkins, a bonfire, sweaters…all things autumn, and Indiana did not disappoint! Autumn couldn’t have been more picturesque. The weather last Monday and Tuesday was sunny, clear, and crisp. While a … Continue reading

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Labor Day in Prescott

We escaped the triple digit temps of the Valley on Labor Day during our quick overnight trip to Prescott. We didn’t do much—swam in the hotel pool, snuggled with Clifford while watching Toy Story 3, went to bed late due … Continue reading

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Mini Staycation

So, I can’t say that we’ve ever stayed at a resort before—until this week. Some friends of ours generously gave us a 3 day, 2 night stay at Cibola Vista Resort and Spa in Peoria (northern Phoenix). We were in … Continue reading

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