Friday, May 26, 2017

Gloom happens

I am having a rough week...super tired and easily irritable A LOT. It comes and goes throughout the day...never sure when the rush of gloom will take over. Anxiety of the to do's and my need to have all errands and to do's completed as though that would be the end of them. My wise and loving husband gently told me last night that I need to tell myself "no" more. No I will not clean up the toys again right now, no I do not have to unload the dishwasher right at this moment, no I do not have to squeeze making returns today as they can wait, no.... Yes to Sara more for time of rest, reading, being present. So today I am choosing to say yes to a much needed pedicure (its going to be in the 80's this weekend!) while Lewis naps and Bill works from home. Yes to Sara! 

Sweet momma moments...after Harrison came home from school yesterday I embraced being outside while he ran around in the front yard playing. His imagination is amazing as he acted out a story by running around and making explosive noises. He didn't need fancy props or toys brought outside, he did this solo. I love this child of mine. I cherish the time we have together one on one while Lewis still naps. I lift my head up to God in thankfulness for how much love Harrison and Lewis have for each other. They play, wrestle, tackle and laugh together. Yesterday Harrison tried to teach Lewis how to play tag and later Lewis sat next to Harrison in the chair as Harrison read silently. These moments melt my heart and fill my day with light. God you are SO good! 

Thursday, May 18, 2017


May 17, 2010 at 4:08am Harrison Robert was born 
He made me a mommy and filled my heart with so much love 
A proud Daddy!
Our amazing friends, Johnny and Noelia, came to visit us that evening 7 years ago and have continued to be an important part of our lives. They are not only friends, but our family. God you are so good!

I love you our sweet spirited Sunshine. God Blessed us with you son!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Women's Retreat in Leavenworth, WA

We made it! 
The horn man at Enzian Inn
Why hello there goat!
Goat trying to escape...

This was the perfect surrounding for my first women's retreat with my MOPS mommas and Bethany Community Church. Reconnecting with God and learning to lean into him, focusing on prayer. God you are so good and thank you for all the beauty and rough patches in my life.

Saturday, April 29, 2017


A rough start to the day has lead to a very proud momma moment. First the rough parts- Lewis dropped my phone while we were leaving physical therapy (and running late to personal training). When I noticed the screen was cracked I hung my head down and cried. I cried because I was tired from the week of being solo (but I have made it, I am doing it!) and Lewis having a cold, not eating much and just cranky (rightfully so).

Lewis and I were 35 minutes late to personal training (so 60 minute session was cut to 25 minutes). A wonderful fast walk was had in the cool sunny air.

Then I went to school to get Harrison's bike after a week of learning to glide and ride. He has MASTERED his biking skills. He can ride, really ride, truly riding on his own! After class Harrison and his IA helped take his bike to the car. Best part.. Harrison gave me a HUGE hug and kiss before I left.

Now I am preparing to leave for the weekend on a church women's retreat in Leavenworth. Bill will be going solo for the weekend after his quick trip to Dubai...but I will be back on Sunday, renewed and reminded how wonderful our God is. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Last weeks field trip smiles with Harrison! Be sure to check backlog posts on the blog, (25+, Easter, One super proud momma)

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Great Wolf Lodge

Bill and I told Harrison once he mastered his swimming skills we would go to GWL and the time came to celebrate! Not only did Harrison have fun but the whole family had a blast! A much needed Nagel getaway!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter 2017

A wonderful Easter with our Seattle families. God is so good!

A wonderful day for the zoo

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

25+ years

April 5th-8th: I was Avon, Indiana bound to visit one of my best childhood friends'

The largest slurpee I have EVER was a two hand holding job!
Our shopping adventure loot 
Great friend and food 

We drank A LOT of Starbucks...caramel macchiatos are so much better when shared with a friend. 
Here we lost track of which drink belong to whom...and they were at the same level! 
Saying good bye was tough as I wish we could have spent more time together. God has been so good to give me my dear friend. I learned so much more about how wonderful God is and he is truly with us each step of the way.

A few things I am "stealing" from Aliza:
I am Blessed (not lucky)
Finding words of wisdom to put around my house and car as a remember that God is always with me
Being intentional in all I do

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Bat brothers!

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Sunday, March 26, 2017