Just letting everyone know. Due to circumstances beyond our control, our Adoption has failed. I may one day decide to publicly go into the circumstances more deeply, but for now, the main reasoning is that Ana is not actually available for adoption. The ugly side of international adoption (and adoption in general) is that truths and transparency are hard to come by. Weaving of fabricated tales, be[...]
We have received such an outpouring of love, support and prayers since we announced our Adoption Plans exactly a week ago. Thank you SO much for your words, care and desire to help! We are floored, speechless, humbled, and often in tears (well, at least I am, Matt holds it together better than I do) at reading your emails and Facebook comments. THANK YOU. Also, I’ve received a few questions and th[...]
Wow, it has been over a year and a half since I last posted here. Honestly I did not intend to let this site go defunct. But hey, life happens. And my abilities to keep up regularly blogging have obviously slipped. And it hasn't been a high enough priority to devote the time and energy to write & post images. It was  the images that made it super time consuming. Especially with the last templa[...]


For the past several months Araiya has been taking Ballet classes at our local Community Center. The adorable slippers, tights, tutu, leotard & classes were a Birthday gift from Grandma. This past month, Tallis has joined her. Now that we have hit November, our girls are taking a break until Spring. Much to their dismay, but we know as ski season will be starting up soon we will likely be push[...]
It’s been a long, trying few weeks. Er, rather, months. Emotional too. We definitely need a bit of a break from our life. I feel like much of our Summer has been eaten up by me struggling through some health issues. Issues I haven't really talked all that directly to here and likely nothing has really come across as to how much it really has sucked. Basically I spent the latter part of May and[...]
Seattlites experience extreme mood swings between overly bemoaning our 2 weeks of annual sunshine and then becoming Vampires hissing at the photons the moment those precious rays hit our lilly white skin. Just two months ago activists were petitioning our Mayor for a nude beach. Really? Seattle + nude beach? Imagine that. A bunch of neekid people running around the shoreline while it's raining. Am[...]


Gooey eyes. Sinus Infection. Photography workshop postponed. In-Law's in town. Camping in the backyard. Power-washed deck. More digestion issues. Toddler Soccer classes. Purging junk. Trips to Goodwill. A funeral. A baby shower. Awaiting labor to shoot a birth. BBQ's. Photo print orders for Father's Day. In-house date nights. Sun. Rain. Warm. Cold. I don't know what it is about getting sick tha[...]
29 years ago today Matt was born. 29 years. That means only ONE left until he hits that big, daunting mile marker of 30. Somewhere inside of me still thinks 30 is old. So here is a glimpse back into the 10 years I have known Matt. One more year and we will have been together in our teens, twenties and thirties. I still haven't figured out exactly how I feel about turning 30 in two years, thou[...]

Joe's O's

I think we pissed off the weather-makers with all our joyous delight about the wonderful spring we’ve been having, because it responded with a little mini frigidly cool wave at the end of this week. There’s even supposed to be snow where we’re going this weekend. Bummer, ‘cuz I was soooo looking forward to last year’s sun-soaked lounging at the pool. It’s completely weird to be back in sweaters on[...]