Saturday, October 4, 2014

six years

This is the one I love.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

road trip

Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day Weekend 2014 we road tripped.  It felt very "all American".  It was a nice way to bookend the summer.  We didn't plan it but it just worked out that way.  

Over Memorial Day weekend we went to Mount Rushmore to meet up with a friend and over Labor Day weekend we helped my brother and sister-in-law and cutie pie little niece move to Salt Lake City.  

We really enjoyed both trips and both places.  The kids really did great in the car too!  I also got to add two new states to my list!  

I think a 7-8 hour drive plus stops is my preferred maximum for a day but we are learning as we go and also going with the flow as we continue to travel as a family.  

On our way home from Salt Lake we had a 9 1/2 hour or so drive to make and did it in 12 hours with a stop for lunch, a quick stop to retrieve lost sunglasses and a rest area stop to use the bathroom.
Oh and also a stop to take a photo at the continental divide.  

I really enjoy trying out places to eat while traveling that we can't get at home.  On our way home from Salt Lake we stopped in Green River, Utah.  Now there are not a whole lot of places in Green River, Utah to eat but this place looked interesting to me and reminded me of C & D Burger Shop that I went to growing up so we went in.  They were very nice about working with our food allergies and letting us read ingredients on packages.  

Cora and David midway through our drive home waiting for our food to come at Chowhound

The greatest gems of the trip food wise though were Taco Time and Spitz.  We discovered Taco Time while searching Yelp for one $ and 4 stars or more as we were entering Price, Utah and needing a dinner stop on our way out to Salt Lake City on Saturday.  Their customer service exceeded chick-fil-a if such a thing is possible, they were great about food allergies and the food was yummy!  

We ate at Spitz on Sunday night in SLC.  David particularly liked saying the name.  :)  The food was very yummy, described as Mediterranean street food.  Mine actually was served in a loaf pan!  Oh my!  At least some of it was a salad (served atop a bed of sweet potato fries!) But boy was it yummy!!  Fantastic fries and sweet potato fries, lamb that both kids (and the adults) ate hungrily, great sauces and dressings, etc.  I would definitely go back.  

Oh and they also had complimentary fresh mint and fresh cucumber waters.  

David checking out the vending machines at Chowhound

I don't know that I have ever crossed the continental divide in a car before and it was something that really made an impression on me this trip.  To drive up the mountains and then back down the other side so dramatically on highway 70 on our way out (this picture was taken on our way back on highway 50) was really neat.

Have you been to Salt Lake City or Mount Rushmore?  Any suggestions of things to see, so or eat when we go back?  

Did you road trip this summer?  I'd love to hear about it.

Best tips for road tripping or traveling in general with kids?


Friday, August 22, 2014


I am participating in Kelly's Korner singles link up day today to introduce you to my friend Jenni. 

Did you know that in the time Kelly has been hosting this link up for singles to meet one another that EIGHT couples have gotten married??!  

Pretty cool. 

This is my friend Jenni.  

She is a truly wonderful person.  She is one of the greatest friends.  She is very thoughtful of others, is a great cook, loves to travel, is into sports and likes Harleys.  :) 

She is a very giving person.  She is smart and capable and has a very good job.  She currently lives in Abilene, TX.  

Jenni is a Christian and her faith is very important to her.  
She has a sense of adventure and likes to have fun.  

Jenni is an incredible cook and makes wonderful desserts, comfort food and hosts an amazing Christmas open house each year with holiday goodies that keep everyone coming back for more. 

If you happen to know
 of an eligible Christian man who you think would like to meet Jenni or if you are an eligible Christian man and would like to meet Jenni feel free to e-mail me (sundrenchedmoments @ gmail dot com) or e-mail her directly at jennipearl76blog @ gmail dot com

Obviously more women read Kelly's Korner's blog than men so if you know of any great single men who are looking to find someone to marry, point them to Kelly's Korner blog today.  The more people who check out her post, the better the chances are.  

Friday, August 8, 2014

Monday, August 4, 2014

big tree!

my sweet boy exploring in Alaska!

July 2014

Thursday, July 31, 2014


Saturday, July 26, 2014

grandma time!

We've been getting to spend some good time with Grandma this week!  

Thursday, July 3, 2014

throwback Thursday

Venice, Italy


Wednesday, June 4, 2014


Tuesday, May 27, 2014


I know it is not officially, officially summer but it feels like summer.  

Preschool is over for the year, the temps are warm, we are grilling and traveling.  

One of the things I love about our house is that in the summer we hear the sounds of doves.  We have been in our house three years this past weekend so the first months we spent here were summer months.  
The sounds of the doves bring sweet memories of that summer.  

What says "summer" at your house?


dove photo by Adrian

Monday, May 19, 2014


"A person cannot receive even one thing 
unless it is given him from Heaven."  

John 3:27

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

random post

Random post but did I ever show you a picture of the groom's cake from our wedding?

Oh yum!  Just ran across this photo and I want to eat some right now.

It was SO good!!!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

What I learned in April

Today I am linking up with Emily at Chatting at the Sky

for What I Learned This Month.  

This is my first time to participate and I will admit that a couple of these things I learned last month but who's counting, right?  

the first one is my most recently acquired knowledge and that is that the flu is nothing to be messed with!  My family will be getting flu shots from here on out.  Someone(s) in our family has been sick since April 20th and wow it has really thrown us for a loop and knocked us out!  We are looking forward to being back to normal.

When I was nursing Cora and still eating dairy free I learned that liberally sprinkling dill weed on your baked potato is an excellent substitute for sour cream.  It still provides a zesty taste but without the dairy or if you're watching calories, as a much lower calorie option.  

This last one was a huge ah- ha for me!  I had no idea this existed.  During mom's night out one evening I learned that one of my friends is planning to do embryo adoption!  I am soo excited for her.

Have you ever heard of this?  

Basically, when a couple does IVF and doesn't use all of the embryos that have been fertilized then those embryos are frozen and/or donated for research or destroyed.  

A couple can choose to place those embryos up for adoption to another couple and that couple can then have the embryo implanted into the mom and the adoptive mom can carry and give birth to her adopted child.  How amazing is that?!  

I really love this option both for adoptive couples as well as the parents who want a different option for their frozen embryos.  

Another really neat fact I found out about embryo adoption is that it is the least expensive type of adoption currently.

So what about you, I would love to hear something you learned in April or what you think about one of the things I've learned.  


Monday, April 14, 2014

Friday, April 4, 2014

12 months old

lots of eating going on this month!  

You really took off with solids this month - you love them.  

You've started smearing things around on your tray a lot.  Little stinker.  :) 

On March 18th we got your spica cast off!!!  

What a happy day!!!

You got a short leg cast instead but the next morning . . . 

You managed to wriggle yourself right out of it!!!

We had to go back in and get a longer leg cast - still it was WAY  better than the spica!  We are thankful!

You even fit in your regular high chair again!!

You got to go on a morning coffee date with Mama and her friends this month and you sat all big in your stroller enjoying your snacks while we chatted.  

We also went to the world water day party at Mrs. Mandy's house and you enjoyed so much being held by Gigi Elaine!

Sweet friends from church also gave us a gift certificate for Marco's Pizza and it was so nice to be able to go to a restaurant now because you could sit in a booster seat whereas in the spica cast you could only sit on our laps.  We all enjoyed a fun Friday night out for pizza!    

Mama and Daddy celebrated being married for 2000 days (!) and you did a great job staying with brother with some friends of ours so Mama and Daddy could go out.  

Our friend, Mrs. Julie, came and she helped Mama give you your first (and only) pedicure with your little toesies sticking out of your cast and took all of these pictures for us!

Finished!  Cutie toes and eyelet glued onto the cast!

We went on a library date with friends this month.  That was a lot of fun and you enjoyed hanging out with and being taken care of and read to by the girls.  

getting ready for your birthday party!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

happy birthday to Cora!

We woke up to TONS of snow this morning but we're having a happy birthday!

Sunday, March 23, 2014


"The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it." John 1:5

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


Okay so snow is really frozen water but how cute is my little 

boy-o shoveling the snow like his Daddy?  He felt SO big and 

was so proud.

But let's talk about the kind of water that you drink. 

Do you remember the past two Marches when we've raised money in partnership with The Adventure Project to not only provide CLEAN WATER to communities that desperately need it but also to provide JOBS and lots and lots of HOPE!!!

This is SUCH an exciting thing to me.  We have all been blessed so very richly and the opportunity to bring Heaven to earth is such a privilege!! 

Once again, my friend Mandy Houle is hosting a world water day raffle.  You can read all about this year's project (and see all of the fun raffle prizes up for grabs!) here but here is a little excerpt.  

"by investing in existing wells, we have the opportunity to 

employ entrepreneurs to become well mechanics, while 

simultaneously providing clean water.  i've always loved 


diana keesiga works with water for people.  they believe that 

it is possible for everyone to always have access to clean 

water.  their slogan says it all.

"everyone, forever.""

UM . . . YES!!! 

Last year readers of this blog donated $150 to The Adventure Project to help provide water, jobs and HOPE.

Can we do at least that much or MORE this year???

I would LOVE that!  

Consider it your birthday present to me 3 months early.  :)

Any questions, please feel free to ask.  

Oh and hey, don't bid on the same thing I did.  :)  JUST KIDDING.  You are welcome to!  

AND you don't have to live in Colorado Springs to participate in the raffle.  Many of the prizes can be shipped.

Especially if you have Easter/birthday/graduation/Mother's/Father's Day gifts to buy coming up anyway, what about entering the raffle to win a present to give?  Just a thought.  


six years ago . . .

photo by Rachel Debell

This wonderful man asked me to be his wife!

I am so thankful!  It is a wonderful adventure and there is no one I would rather be doing life with.  


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

ten on ten March 2014

flowers left over from the birthday dinner we hosted the night before
kept company by a little lamb from my Mama

I love when I see these trucks around town!  I love the colors and graphics.

Fresh new haircut

All by myself in the car!  Thanks, Mom!

Only 8 more days with the cast (7 now!)

This sweet girl is so ready!  She WANTS TO MOVE!!!

Brother likes to wear his jammies (preferably footie jammies) all day everyday.  They are warm he says.  Clothes are not warm he says.  I've stopped fighting the battle.

He likes to read with me and I like to read with him.


This sweetie *loved* her baked beans and pulled pork!  

And is just basically all around a charmer.