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Finding and creating adventures in everyday life.


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Stances and My Laid Back Boy

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I love my Zane. He is a bundle of joy and fun and frustration. He doesn’t have a hustle bone in his body, he doesn’t understand the concept of hurry. He wants to play and chat and have fun and tell jokes and get to know you and spend time with you and invite everyone round for a playdate. Like I said, joy and frustration. Frustration only because we do live in a world that has schedules and clocks and you do have to focus in class to be able to learn, but his love of people and sharing are a great joy.

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Karate is hard. It’s fun, it’s invigorating, it’s exciting. It’s also tough and it requires focus and sharpness. It’s not a natural sport for a laid back, chilled out boy. Zane loves karate. He knows the stuff – his self-defenses, his katas, the Japanese. He takes his time with it all and that’s good, but it can also be a hindrance because speed is important too. He’s also not particularly competitive and isn’t upset when others pass him on their way to higher belts.

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Then there are the stances. Stances are the things that Zane gets dinged for most of the time. He has trouble doing deep stances consistently. He knows how to do them, but when he’s in the middle of a kata, he sometimes forgets or gets distracted.

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He really wants to get to his next belt and prays every night that God will help him to get there. He’s also working on practicing his stances. While we were at the Oregon coast recently, he was constantly jumping into his horse stance when I took his photo. Jude did some stances too, but he did lots of different stances and even made up some of his own. Zane was focused on that horse stance which is featured prominently in one of the yellow belt katas.

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It’s hard to see your children struggle, to not rise to the top and shine brilliantly, but it is a deep joy to see them dig deep and persist and practice and do their best. It’s hard to struggle yourself, to feel like you’re not sure if you can do what needs to be done, to forget the things you’ve learned in a fog a weariness and sweat and self-doubt. For our whole family, karate has been about so much more than working out or learning cool moves. I don’t know when any of us will get our blue belts, but when we do, I will know how much was involved in getting there – especially for my laid back Zane.

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Campfires are Magical

005 CampfiresCampfires create a special sort of magic. I have no idea how many campfires I’ve sat around with family and friends over the years, but I know they have been filled with laughter and conversation and shared secrets and jokes, and history.

We’ve just returned from 3 nights of camping on the Oregon coast and it was lovely. Adventures and beauty and fun.

We had a campfire every night and on a couple of mornings. I love how we gather round and all get involved. Jude has learned a lot about campfires from Grandpa and he has become a master at making wood shavings to start our fires. We try very hard to not use any accelerants and it’s a fun challenge for us all to make it happen.

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One night around the fire, we told a one word at a time story where everyone gets to add one word to our story. The stories are usually odd and funny – this night was no exception. Smokey Bear was actually a chicken and then Donald Duck and Donald Trump were causing trouble, so they were sent to a town in Iceland called Hawaii. Barrack Obama came along and saved the day and then he agreed to stay on as president for a while longer. There was a bunch of other stuff that happened, but I can’t remember it all.  No idea where all this was coming from, but we laughed so much. It was magical.

004 CampfiresAnother night, we had a wide-ranging conversation that began with a question about lawyers and the law – we discussed the justice system we have in the United States, its flaws and the many good things about it. We moved on to family and vows and had an amazing time talking about the ways we are similar and the ways we are different and how cool that is. Jude and I are so much alike, but there are also ways in which Colin and Jude are alike – they are both good debaters and would make great lawyers. Zane and Colin are very much alike, but Zane and I are alike in ways too. Zane and I both are peacemakers and very empathetic.

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Making cool shapes in the smoke with flashlights.

We are all working hard to earn our next belt in karate – blue, so we went around and each said what we thought we needed to work on so that we would be ready to test.  Me – Japanese and kihon drills, Colin – kihon drills, Jude – kiais, Zane – stances!

We talked about empathy and the importance of thinking about how others feel and what circumstances they might be coming from. We talked about lying and being trustworthy.

003 CampfiresThen, out of the blue, Jude said that he thinks of life as a journey and there are times when you are at a petrol station and you get fueled up and then there are ramps and jumps and those might be hard and scary, but they can be exciting and fun too.

Then Zane said he thought about the good times in life being filled with light and like day time and the sad, hard times being dark and night time. So we talked about how even at night, there are cool things like campfires and stars and fireworks – so there can be joy and light in the darkness.

I cried when I thought about these amazing 9 and 7 year old boys  – how thoughtful and deep, how the whole conversation had flowed and how blessed and full I felt.  And then things got silly again and we laughed and played. And I’m telling you, campfires are magical.002 Campfires


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Photo a Day 2016 – Days 215-227

Day 215 – I haven’t taken any karate pics for a while. Here’s Zane doing a mighty side kick.

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Day 216 – Zane practicing self defenses with Sensei Brian.

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Day 217 – I’m not sleepy Mom…

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Day 218 – Stunning sunset.

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Day 219 – Zane in flight.

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Day 220 – We all fell in love with this baby goat at the fair. I really think we need a goat.

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Day 221 – Our family is working through playing all our board games and rating them as we go. We love board games!

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Day 222 – Needles.

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Day 223 – Buzz, buzz, buzz.

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Day 224 – It’s getting super hot and the plants are fading.

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Day 225 – Moonlight through the trees.

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Day 226 – In honour of Left Handers Day, I decided to take a picture of our own left hander. Sadly, I was so tired that I didn’t realize until later that he was holding up his right hand.

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Day 227 – Sunlight through an agate. I used this as an illustration when I taught at Vacation Bible School this year.

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Photo a Day 2016, Days 196-214

Day 196 – Water fun, Summertime.

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Day 197 – This was not a hope-filled day. So many terrible things happening in the world. I simply needed to remind myself that there is hope.

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Day 198 – The boys were building forts in the woods near a park.

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Day 199 – We played Star Wars Monopoly.

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Day 200 – Garden Gnome at Sunset

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Day 201 – Cloudy sky reflected in a window.

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Day 202 – My Zane on his 7th Birthday. Love this boy so much.

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Day 203 – Splashing in a very cold river.

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Day 204 – Growing stuff (not much) in my garden.

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Day 205 – Colin is so great with kids and is an excellent teacher. Proud of him.

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Day 206 – Zane at his Kitty Birthday Party.

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Day 207 – Despite his road rash, Zane is a happy boy, going to sleep on his new Jedi Kitty Battle Pillowcase.

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Day 208 – Wonderful reunion with friends from Mercy Ships who brought me some cool mugs and amazingly some cutlery from the Anastasis. So cool!

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Day 209 – Sad Face. No photos were taken today.

Day 210 – A fun day in Downtown Tacoma. Took heaps of photos, but I love this one of Zane – totally unprompted, he wanted to help me capture this flower.

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Day 211 – Day out in Seattle included the Seattle Science Center and the Butterfly House.

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Day 212 – Out for a walk in Point Defiance Park.

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Day 213 – Probably time to harvest soon, but then there won’t be much left in the garden.

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Day 214 – So many tomatoes in Mom and Dad’s garden, just waiting to ripen and be eaten!

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Photo a Day 2016 Days 184-195

Day 184 – How does your garden grow?

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Day 185 – He says he’s the only pistol-carrying Jedi.

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Day 186 – Independence Day Sparkler Shenanigans.

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Day 187 – Pink sky beyond the trees.

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Day 188 – Central Oregon is not Aotearoa (The Land of the Long White Cloud), but the sky sure is pretty.

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Day 189 – Boys in a Fort.

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Day 190 – Now there’s a strategy for selling shoes.

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Day 191 – Koosh!

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Day 192 – The robot spider that Jude built.

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Day 193 – Clover

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Day 194 – Sunset, looks like a bird in flight.

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Day 195 – Wild flower.

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Photo a Day 2016 Day 175-183

Day 175 – Swim lessons!

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Day 176 – Han and Chewie doing a little recon in the terrarium.

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Day 177 – Flowers

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Day 178 – My squash are bloomin’!

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Day 179 – Park time.

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Day 180 – Four teeth pulled!

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Day 181 – Laser tag boys.

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Day 182 – Scooter boys.

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Day 183 – This is Lizzy – we met him on our hike today.

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Photo a Day 2016 Days 164-174

Day 164 – Summer hair cuts mean piles of hair!

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Day 165 – Once again, I know that they are weeds, but I do love to take photos of dandelions.

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Day 166 – Parachute fun as the school year winds down.

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Day 167 – It’s a balancing act.

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Day 168 – First night of the end of school year camp out.

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Day 169 – Funky fungus.

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Day 170 – McGregor Viewpoint

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Day 171 – Packing up and heading home. The kids hanging out being kids.

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Day 172 – Saying goodbye to our old vinyl back splash. The remodel continues.

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Day 173 – Sign of Summer. Towels hanging out in the summer sun and wind, drying.

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Day 174 – Sparring. Sometimes you have to take some punches.

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