Friday, October 23, 2015

Being A Light(house)

I love these kids for so many different reasons.

They bring so much life and energy to the equation - and lately?

Literally, I am SO. EXCITED. to share this with you all.

My eldest daughter and her husband have been working in South Orange County for a group called The Lighthouse Group. It's a non-profit that brings the young adults special needs population together once a week at a faith-based social group. 

After living in Redlands for the last six months,  Lauren and Stephen thought, "Why couldn't we bring this group to the Inland Empire as well?"
Why not, indeed.

Lauren and Stephen went to the board of The Lighthouse Group and they generously gave blessing to their idea and now the two of them are in the midst of gathering and planning and expanding.
A group for young adults.
With special needs.
Their very own club.

YOU GUYS!!!!!!!!!

We have so many kids and parents who are so excited!!!!

Are you asking how you can be involved yet??
Do you want to know more??
You're awesome, and I'll tell you-

First of all, you can come celebrate with us at our first fundraiser at 

Saturday, October 31

Truly, we are blown away at the generosity of the people at this facility! 
To be honest, we are a little more than excited to spend the afternoon doing games, costume contest, raffle, silent auction, face painting and a ton more on these beautiful grounds.

We see God's hand ALL OVER THIS endeavor!!!!

I just see the gates opening wide for us to be able to make this happen for our kids.

If you can't make it to the Fall Festival, head over to 

Watch the video, (it's just the best) learn more about this incredible endeavor, make a donation, think about volunteering, make a difference.

From the bottom of our hearts,
Thank you. 
Thanks for taking time to read this and go to the website, for all your support and love.
Now, please excuse me while I go squeal some more and think up a crazy costume for the festival!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Catching Up

Well, hello, blog.
It's been a while.
It's been the longest I've ever not posted.
Friday rolls around every week and I'm surprised each time.
Friday again and I haven't blogged?
Good grief, I tell myself. What on earth could I possibly be doing instead of blogging?

First off, this house project has taken on a life of it's own.
We have been running marathon days getting bids nailed down and along with each bid comes a learning curve.

But we always look for fun along the way.

Do you know how many choices there are for casing?
And what the heck is casing?
It's the molding around your doors.
Pick one.

Then pick door knobs.

And figure out pricing on tile.
Which tile?
Pick one.

The vision is slowly coming into my head, but being such a visual learner, if I can't touch it and see it, I feel like many times I am playing pin the tail on the donkey!

Some how it turned into fall and became October and with that comes
National Down Syndrome Awareness Month.
If you follow me on Instagram, I'm posting there on this subject.
We are working and getting help and focusing on getting this love more and more independent.
Thank goodness for our team. At 21, she reminds me of myself at that age.
As in, I didn't think my parents knew ANYthing when I was at that stage.

Then there's art and Jesus.
Passionately pursing both in different ways.
Usually with coffee.

More journal time.

More reminders and smaller work.

Sometimes blank canvases,

and one glorious hour filling a whole canvas while at a workshop.

Throw in some dog sitting, working on eating clean and that's my month in a nutshell.

While my newest love is garlic mashed sweet potatoes, I was out so long yesterday figuring out tile, I embraced imperfection at a drive through with tacos and french fries.
Yes. It was good.

Thanks for catching up and Happy Friday!