Sunday, December 14, 2014


Dressember day one for me

Many of you received an e-mail from me about Dressember so you already know all about it but for those of you who didn't.  Here is the scoop.  And for those of you who did, enjoy the photos.  :)  More to come as well in the days ahead.  

Today is snowy!  Dress and dressy coat in the snow.

Via instagram I recently discovered a group of people using the month of December to raise awareness and funds to support a cause I have become passionate about over the past few years.  

We think of slavery as being a thing of the past but in many ways and in countries all over the world INCLUDING the U.S.A. slavery is active today!  Many, many of the goods we purchase and the foods we eat are produced by people who are:

-  not paid a fair wage for their work, 

-  kidnapped from their families in order to perform the work 

-  often treated extremely poorly while doing the work such as coercion, threats, physical, mental, emotional, and sexual abuse, dangerous working conditions, being denied education, healthcare, etc. 

Then there are the young girls and women in our country and other countries around the world who are seduced into thinking they will be given a secure job such as nannying or being a housekeeper and instead are sold into prostitution. 

The problem is huge and complex but that doesn't mean that nothing can be done.  

This group of people that I discovered via a college friend on instagram is calling this month DRESSember :)  Each participant is wearing a dress every day in December, in all kinds of weather and doing all kinds of activities to raise awareness and also to raise money that will go to the International Justice Mission.

International Justice Mission has already relieved more than 18,000 people from oppression.  

I have decided to join them.  In this small way, I am a freedom fighter!  

I would be honored if you would consider joining me in fighting for freedom for those who have no voice and have no hope.  

Since I did not find out about Dressember until December/Dressember was already underway, I began daily wearing dresses on Friday, December 12th.  That means that I will be wearing dresses daily for 20 days this December 2014.  I will be posting photos here on the blog.  

I know we are all bombarded with requests for donations at this time of year as well as spending money on gifts, holiday celebrations, etc. so I would like to ask you to consider a very small amount that as a team we can make very large!

Would you consider donating 

10 cents per day that I am wearing a dress 
this December (20 days)?

that would =  $2 

Working together friends, family and myself have already raised over $200 towards the work International Justice Mission is doing! 

In just over 24 hours!!

As a team of people uniting together we can do some amazing things!  My goal is to raise $900 for the work of IJM by the end of December/Dressember.  

If you would consider donating $2 this Dressember to support me in my fundraising and more importantly to DRASTICALLY change someone's world in freeing them from daily atrocities please leave a comment and I will get the donation information to you.  

Thank you so very much for taking the time to read this and for being the wonderful people that you are!  I am blessed to call you friends and family!  


P.S.  One final request, if you are local and would be interested in letting me borrow a dress (or leggings or tights) to wear this month as part of this fun challenge, I will definitely highlight you one day when I wear your dress on loan to me!  Thanks!!  :)  

Cooking in a dress

hiking Garden of the Gods in a dress
and this little cutie pie hiking in her dress!

Oh! And this sweet little face!!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

FOUR Christmases ago!

Time it is a-flyin'!

I loved those little velour cowboy jammies of his!

So thankful for my sweet BIG boy now!  


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

ten on ten - December 2014

7:01 a.m.  

Waking up . . . listening . . . the house is still quiet ~ Thankful

9:01 a.m.

this girl loves her water and her granola

9:02 a.m. 

This one is not too into photos today.  

11:35 a.m.

watching a video from the library, "Max Lucado Kids - Flo the Lyin' Fly" during sister's nap

11:37 a.m.

quiet in the kitchen

12:05 p.m. 

getting ready to bake a chocolate chiffon cake with peppermint buttercream for our MOPS brunch tomorrow morning

12:36 p.m. 

getting to lick the beaters and Mama determined to get a picture which he tried to outsmart and had fun doing it

1:40 p.m. 

a BIG stack of Christmas books from the library awaits us on the couch as we snuggle under the red quilt

2:28 p.m.

Still at it . . . they're due tomorrow!  

3:21 p.m.

someone thinks she's big stuff with Mama's straw cup

3:22 p.m.

late afternoon light and sibling love

3:47 p.m.

I love this man and how he provides for our family.

3:47 p.m.  

oops, "Rosie" our vacuum needs her brushes cleaned . . . not my favorite job

3:54 p.m.

back to reading

4:34 p.m.

I love this soooo much and for so many reasons!

6:14 p.m.

Daddy snuggles after dinner

I can't believe it has been an entire year since I posted a ten on ten post on the blog!  I will miss seeing that record of our days from this past year as I love looking back at what our "real life" was like on these ordinary days each 10th of the month.

linking up here

Also, looking back . . . 

Friday, December 5, 2014

tree hunting

I love this girl!  

Thursday, December 4, 2014


I love finding bright Christmas baubles at estate and garage sales and these minis are so much fun!


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

In the beginning

"In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.  We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only Son sent from the Father full of grace and truth."  John 1: 1-2, 14

photo by Adrian

Monday, December 1, 2014

makes me happy

Monday, November 24, 2014

that's one way to do it

Thankful for these super helpers!

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.