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  1. I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and danced Hula for about 4 years.
  2. My family nickname, given to me by my nephew, is Shell.
  3. Though we took a 10 year break, I am married to my high school sweetheart. He even signed his name across my senior picture in the yearbook. He still gives me butterflies.temp-post-image
  4. I graduated high school when I was 16. So,…yeah that means I started college at 16. Scary!
  5. I was a school teacher for 11 years and loved, loved, loved it!
  6. I gave birth to 3 kids in 30 months. My husband and I wanted to have two kids as close as we could get them. We had Katie and then 14 months later we had Emmy. Goal achieved! Then 16 months after that God gave us the best surprise of our lives, our son Wesson (AKA Bubba).temp-post-image
  7. We have a Great Dane named Dixie, and she seems more like a human than a dog. As the days get colder she is really good at stealing peoples’ blankets and using them to cover herself up. Best dog ever!temp-post-image
  8. My favorite color is yellow. Yup, yellow walls in my room as a child, yellow bridesmaids dresses, yellow water bottle…you name it. It’s a timeless color that you just can’t help but love.
  9. I love burpees. They go well in any workout.

  10. My hubby, Phil, is a farmer. We live on a little farm, and our kids pretty much always have dirt on themselves.
  11. A little over two years ago I blew out my knee coming down from my 47th box jump. The goal was 50 for time…so close! After having knee surgery I’m back to doing box jumps, BUT now I jump up and always step down.temp-post-image
  12. Every year we get a churro and our Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving.
  13. Even though my husband is a farmer, I have a true talent for killing plants.
  14. My favorite piece of furniture is my 20 year old couch. I sit in the same spot every morning and drink my coffee. I have even been known to make children move to other spots if they are there. It’s serious business. Much to my husband’s dismay I cannot seem to find a couch that measures up to this one, so we can’t get rid of it yet. But not worries, she looks great for her age!
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  16. Phil and I were at the Giants’ game the night Matt Cain pitched his perfect game.
  17. I love serving in Women’s Ministry.
  18. I loved working out pregnant.
  19. Phil and I were only engaged for 7 weeks.
  20. I really enjoy mowing our lawn with a push mower.
  21. I love a great lipstick.
  22. While I was in graduate school I was such a nerd that I never even went to the beach, and I went to UC Santa Barbara.
  23. At 18 and 19 I spent some time in Uganda working in a school teaching Bible and computer classes.
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  24. I love naps.
  25. In grade school I was not able to make the “r” sound. I spent most of my 2nd grade year in speech therapy. But every now and then I still slip up and sound like I’m from New York.
  26. I’m full of faults, have my share of struggles and know how desperately I need Jesus. And day by day I’m learning a bit more about His relentless love for me.

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Pose of the Month

Bridge Pose
(Setu Bhanda Sarvangasana; SET-too BAHN-dah)

As one of the most commonly practiced heart openers, this posture is a wonderful introduction into the world of heart openers (also known as backbends) and can be done in a very active, challenging fashion or in a very passive, supported way.

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We are back to school and in full swing!


My son started first grade this year, and last week he brought home a diagram he and his class made about what it means to be a responsible citizen. Here are the four qualities they came up with:

  1. HONEST
  2. FOLLOW RULES
  3. RESPECT OTHERS
  4. HELP MAKE DECISIONS

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I Loved it. In talking about it that night, we ended up making our own diagram and talking about what responsible families look like. Guess what? It was similar. We talked with our little dude about how responsible families:

  1. Are Honest. Tell the truth, even if it is hard. Speak up when we need to share how we are feeling or if we are hurt because it is safe to do that in our home. Emotions are present to let us know how something is good or bad. We want our children to be honest so we can help guide the thoughts they connect with those feelings in a healthy way.
  2. Follow Rules. Rules are to keep us safe, and if we don’t know why a rule is there, we can ask. For example, our boy got a new toy and we asked him to wait until we were home to use it. He chose to try it in the car and the toy flew right into our girl’s face, resulting in a minor injury. Sometimes we really want to do something, but for the greater good we need to follow rules and wait.
  3. Respect One Another. Respecting others is one we keep working on in our home. We talked about how respecting means that if someone says “No” or to “Stop doing something,” we listen and respect their boundaries. We also discussed how respect means we look out for each other and serve one another. If we see a need in our home, we don’t wait for someone else to do it or ask, we step in and do it.
  4. Work as a Team. We talked about how we all help make decisions and have some ownership in our family. While big decisions will fall on dad or mom, we like input from our kids too.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes we have to visit these first grade reminders as a reset. If you feel your communication breaking down, or feel yourself isolating or being self-focused, or if your body is screaming for you to slow down, then get back to the basics. I love Heat...

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