Daylight Savings Time

I am thankful for daylight savings time, only because I’m so tired that I am in my bed by 9:15 pm, which is really like 8:15 pm and very early for me. The day was full and busy and I’m exhausted, especially after losing an hour of sleep.

I thought Sunday’s were supposed to be a day of rest. Just not in my house. The day went on and on with “nothing” to do but a little bit of work, and church, meetings, planning, shopping, cleaning, cooking, laundry and so on. I’m pooped and prepared for the upcoming week.

So here we go…to bed early. What a gift.

Happy birthday to my BFF!! I’m so glad you were born. 

Hope y’all have a peace-filled and healthy week! 


Tomorrow I Will Rest

This is what I’m doing tomorrow.

I tried today but it was too hot. Tomorrow I will celebrate Sunday with a day of rest, after we say our early morning goodbyes to Akie.

I am looking forward to a day of no expectations.

What will you do with your Sunday? Will you rest? Will you work?

Whatever you choose to do, I wish you peace and relaxation.

Sunday – Rest?

Sundays used to be a day of rest. What happened to that concept?

I’ve lost it. I value doing nothing, but I’m not good at it.

At the party I was at this weekend, I heard other women talking about not finding time to go to church on Sunday, because their lives have taken over and their kids have sports events on Sundays. They can’t do it all.  Yes, there is guilt involved and I wonder what we are going to do to change this.

It’s true. I understand.  And I don’t yet have an answer today.

We like going to church, yet we don’t go that often either. Not because we don’t want to; it’s just that we seem to be constantly on the go. And the days, we’re not on the go, we need to rest and sleep in and do nothing.

So it’s 10:00 pm and I’m finally sitting down to rest.  It’s been a long and exciting day and I’m not complaining. I think the time change stretched out the day too and our schedule is really off. It’s ok. This too shall pass.

This morning I left the beach party bright and early so that I could get back to my family. I wanted to spend the day together with them and to share experiences with our Japanese “daughter.”

I love having her here. She is such a delight and is warm and kind and friendly and engaging.

She speaks a few words of English and understands many phrases that we share. We all try to understand one another and all seem to be enjoying each other’s company.  She continuously says, “I am happy.”  I am happy too. I am so happy to be sharing this experience with her and having the opportunity to share one slice of American life with her.

Today we took her to see Big Basin and the historical redwood trees. She was amazed by the size of the trees and enjoyed walking through the forest for a short while.



From the Redwoods, we drove to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk.


She was happy again and was excited to go on the Giant Dipper roller coaster with Juliana. She loved the thrill ride and was very excited.

Charlie and I went on the Haunted Castle ride which was so cheesy and funny.  I loved sitting next to him and feeling him cover his eyes and ears, afraid of what was to come next, even though he knew as he had ridden the ride before.



It was a gorgeous day at the Boardwalk and we were so lucky to have an out of town guest to share our beautiful world with today.

Life is good – even if it means I’m resting this late at night.

I hope you have a good week. Take care of your beautiful self. xoxo


Sunday – A Day of Rest

Today was actually a day of rest and for this I am thankful especially after such a busy few weeks.

Our week days and week ends are so full, that it was really nice to be home today with time to relax and play and watch the World Series!!  We had space and blocks of open time. Of course, we still had events, but only having 2 or 3 is better than 10 at different places that overlap. Today was peaceful and shared with family and friends.

I made a family style dinner of spiral ham, mashed potatoes and green beans, and April and the girls came over to join us.  I love the tradition of a slow cooked, Sunday dinner and now I want to be home every Sunday. This has been my goal since the beginning of the school year, but keeping to that goal is not always easy.  I love cooking and I love having families join us for a meal.  I am going to try to keep this time more sacred and create this family tradition that we all hopefully will look forward to sharing.

What are your Sunday family traditions?

Hope you have a great week!  xo