We’re Desert Rats. We love to joke about how walking out in an Arizona summer is akin to opening up the oven to get your cookies out and having your face burnt off. We love our air conditioning and our pools and curse the sun all summer long. We’ve convinced ourselves that we live in […]Read More Garden Bounty in the Sonoran Desert. (Plus How to Help Plants through the Summer).
It’s funny how the MINUTE you bring children into your life, people feel entitled to ask the most intrusive questions. We had something similar happen when we were first married… our first Sunday at church as a married couple, we had at least three people ask when we were going to start having kids. We […]Read More Fostering is Our First Choice, Not Our Last Resort
It’s been a minute since I’ve shared an update on how our tiny backyard garden is doing…between chasing bulldogs and holding babies, life has been pretty hectic! My one consolation throughout all of the chaos has been walking outback and seeing all of the life and growth happening in our own backyard, so I wanted […]Read More Backyard Garden Update
Our little backyard garden saw a LOT of progress this week…I’d like to say that I planned to get both garden beds done AND have plants in the ground all in one week, but truth is, we’re just flying by the seat of our pants, as per usual! Last week, I started my seeds three […]Read More BYG Week #2- Pests and Progress
I used to think that Arizona was the worst place for a gardener to live. The triple digit summers, the sandy soil, and the spiky, dry native plants scared me into believing that I wouldn’t ever be able to grow anything I really wanted to. About a year ago, however, I took a Plant Science […]Read More Backyard Garden Week #1
It’s my FAVORITE time of year in AZ…”Fall”. If you’ve ever lived in the valley, you’ll know why the quotation marks are oh so necessary. Fall is a different creature here…the leaves don’t shrivel up and fall off of the trees during our “fall”…they burst into bloom. Right around the end of October, the temperatures […]Read More Lessons Learned from 1 Year of Tower Gardening
How one simple question helped me focus my service in a meaningful way…and feel more peace in the process. From a young age, my search for purpose was important to me. I thought that there would be a theme to my life–some grand, highly individual mission that I and I alone was sent to fulfill on […]Read More Finding My Seasonal Ministry
We’re approximately a month away from being licensed foster parents! This upcoming Thursday is our CPR class, the 10th of July is our home inspection, and THEN it takes about two weeks for the state to approve the license. We’re (a little) nervous, but mostly excited. I wanted to take the opportunity to explain why confidentiality […]Read More Fostering Privacy
I actually finished reading this book at the end of February… but at the time, we had 8 newborn puppies, and a series of illnesses in the house, and I was also competing in the CrossFit Open and trying to get my midterms done… Needless to say, I wasn’t able to focus and reflect back […]Read More The Word View #2: The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B.
Dear Social Media, We’ve known each other for over ten years now. Wasn’t it good, in the beginning? I’ll openly admit that I lied about my age in order to set up a Facebook account, but it was worth it…because look what I gained, right? YOU. I was connected, and I had YOU to thank […]Read More Dear Social Media–We are SO Over…