Sunday, July 29, 2012

dreams do come true

since before we were married 
steven has had this dream
of roasting a goat.
a whole goat
that we pick out
and slaughter
and eat...

this summer my sister introduced him to
a woman who raises goats and sells them for eating.
right down the street from where we're living.
so tomorrow
steven's dream is coming true...


the most graphic pic you'll see form the slaughtering. his tasty innards

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

t-minus {two weeks}

exactly two weeks until we board a plane for tokyo 
and begin our adventure.
we celebrated last night with
a special bottle of wine we'd been saving,
and some left over wedding sparklers...


Tuesday, July 24, 2012


while our seattle friends were in town
the weather here was terrible...
now that our out of town guest have left
and we have no one to impress,
the weather clears up
and we get this view in the evening...


Sunday, July 22, 2012

friends forever

have you ever met someone
and without them
life just isn't the same?
we're going to miss this family...


Saturday, July 21, 2012

a friendly visit

last week
we hosted our friends from seattle.
it was a blast
to take them to some of our
favorite spots
and share the magic of the redwood coast.
a major highlight was agate hunting
at dry lagoon.
 there were also plenty of memories made
playing cribbage,
swimming in the eel river,
hiking at fern canyon,
and meals that made our bellies full...


the lovely couple in old town eureka

ang searched for little gems

the boys searched as a team

not an agate but still a keeper

found one!

our treasures


the man who has captured my heart

Thursday, July 19, 2012

the summer of stunning weddings

last weekend
we attended another wedding 
in the humboldt area.
it's been wonderful to see so many faces that we've missed
all in one place.
and this particular wedding did not disappoint.
the location,
and dancing 
all made for a memorable evening.
it helped that the entire inn was
filled with wedding guests.
so we could party and dance the night away 
and simply walk up to our room.

we're going to miss this place
and these people...

three weeks from RIGHT NOW we'll be in tokyo.....

a fun game to play before the ceremony

mother daughter father


love these friends

a rare picture of the photographer and the bride :)



Friday, July 13, 2012

sister love ::a cake::

while my little sister was visiting
we had one big evening where plenty of
friends and family came to share a meal 
my sister does not eat gluten 
and i try to stay away from dairy,
for everyone's sake...
so when the subject of dessert was brought up
i couldn't wait to try something from roost blog
featuring gluten, dairy, and sugar free recipes.
we made this cake together.
i used half the amount of honey 
in the meringue topping as i'm not
a huge honey fan...
and as you can see form the remains
it was a hit 
with all eaters...


Sunday, July 8, 2012

t-minus {one month}

today marks one month
until we leave for tokyo!
we're not doing much to "celebrate" today.
but last night we were invited to join our friends
as they committed to spending forever together.
it was a truly magical evening. . . 


a prayer during the ceremony

mother of the groom corsage 

married... with the rings to prove it :)

so happy to be spending time with friends we missed dearly

love these two. and they dont know how to throw a bad party...

Thursday, July 5, 2012

sister love

my mother, father, and baby sister
drove down yesterday from seattle.
i was beyond excited to celebrate the forth of july with them.
we ate some amazing food
and set off several great 
california appropriate fireworks.

but mostly i was beside myself with joy
when i got to see my baby sister!
we havent seen each other since october
when she left for a leadership school
with ywam.
i am so proud of you mel,
and i cant believe we get to spend all weekend together...


picture taken at my wedding! love you mel