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Death, grief and promises

Death is hard. Death is uncomfortable and emotional. It has the power to illicit fear, anger, and guilt while at the same time inspiring empathy, sympathy and compassion. Death is awkward and private and the unavoidable reality of human existence. Yet, the unexpected death of someone young due to tragedy makes death all the more […]

A little (food) inspiration…

So I have been a bad blogger. Seriously. Baaad. Like if this was my job we would have long since starved because I would have been fired. I admit, I succumbed to the frantic stress of moving, to the endless expectations of the holidays, the dark winter blues and the depressing realization (after getting my […]

Exploring the valley: Smallwood’s Harvest

So in my quest for adventure I overlooked a couple of important details…. I am horrible at remembering to take pictures (like thank goodness my mom and sister have been at important childhood milestones!) and the fact that sometimes it gets crazy hot and smokey here. When we were all enduring the 100-plus degrees outside, […]

Sprouting Willows: Fun for little folks in Leavenworth!

I had the pleasure on a recent sunny morning (just prior to the gagging smoke and squelching heat) to visit with some very imaginative and lively little folks along the Wenatchee River in Leavenworth. This was no ordinary group of little pixies, mind you. This was a giggling, curious little group determined to find adventure […]

First Stop: Silver Falls

Alright, alright… Silver Falls isn’t technically in the Wenatchee Valley. It’s in the Entiat Valley, but cut me some slack, okay? My dad is from Entiat so I have great childhood memories of this little town and we are exploring the greater Wenatchee Valley. Plus, it is totally worth the drive — a very doable […]

Exploring the Wenatchee Valley with kids

I hereby concede that I am an epic failure in the inspiring “joy and wonderment” department of parenting my youngest. Seriously. Let me explain. Yes, he’s already been to Maui twice (he’s 7) and Glacier National Park, and driven from Denver to Spokane and we counted that he has been to like 8 states. However, […]

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