33 meaningful life lessons from 33 years


I celebrated 33 years today, so I thought I would share 33 life lessons I have learned along the way.

1. Love is a risk. Always. But it is a risk so worth taking. It is what makes life worth living.

2. Finding things to be thankful for day-by-day, at times moment-by-moment, has transformed my life. It leads to greater happiness.

3. Forgiveness sets ME free.

4. Working at something a little bit here and a little bit there is far more productive and effective than working non-stop. I am only human, after all, and allowing for breaks does me and the project at hand a world of good. (This is true of children, as well. Spelling words 5 minutes a day, every day, is better than 1 hour once a week.)

5. Few people are thinking about or judging me. Most people are more concerned with how they look in their own jeans.

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Love means sacrifice


Love means sacrifice.

It means putting another person’s interest above our own.

Love means opening our heart.

And that means that sometimes we’ll be hurt.

But love is worth the sacrifice and love is worth the risk.

Because love has the power to change others.

Love has the power to change us.


P.S. Do you see the heart in the picture :)? I was so excited to discover it while scrolling through pictures from our trip to Martha’s Vineyard this spring.

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Cold Brew Coffee


We enjoy coffee around here. Like a lot. Have you ever heard of people hand-grinding their coffee beans and measuring them by grams on a scale? Sound a little crazy? Yeah, well, we do. Really, it’s Brance’s doings. And although at first I thought this was all a little over the top, he really does make one amazing cup of joe.

Recently we have been into cold brew coffee. Don’t let the name fool you. You can make both iced and hot coffee from it. Room temperature brew might be a more accurate name  ;). The flavor is amazingly smooth and it is less acidic than a normal cup of coffee. So much so, that some people who suffer from GERD can actually drink this kind of coffee without any reflux. Pretty cool.

The basic recipe is simple:

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