Today was Ellie’s last day at Agape, and therefore her last day of Preschool before heading off to Kindergarten next week, and I’m a wreck. Ellie is fine, of course, but I’m a mess. It was a bit of a struggle to get into Agape in the first place. Our friends Dana and David had … Continue reading Transition

Field Trips

One of the things I love about Agape is that the teachers are fearless and adventurous. They will take the kids anywhere. Hour and a half bus ride (each way) to get to The Museum of Flight? Okay! Transfer buses three times with 20 kids? Okay! Take them all on a ferry to an island? … Continue reading Field Trips

Camano Island

Our PEPS friends invited us to spend the weekend with them at their vacation home on Camano Island. We already had camping reservations so we were at first a little hesitant to accept. But, we haven’t really spent much time with them outside of PEPS meetings, and we knew Ellie would love it so we … Continue reading Camano Island

Preschool Graduation

June 28, 2013 There are not enough nice things to say about Agape. It has become our home, our center, and we have felt so supported and nurtured by these amazing teachers and friends. We are all a bit heartbroken to be leaving it. But before the tears begin, we celebrate our time there with … Continue reading Preschool Graduation

Extending the Vacation

We couldn’t be in Southern California without spending several days with my mom and brother. After they picked us up from Disneyland, we all drove back to Glendale. Understandably, we were all exhausted the next day and did almost nothing. But, on Sunday, we went to church, which was great fun since it was choir … Continue reading Extending the Vacation


June 3-7, 2013 Let’s be clear. Jeff LOVES Disneyland. Before we had Ellie, Jeff took me to Disneyland because we knew we wouldn’t be able to go back for a while, and as soon as Ellie was approaching five years old, Jeff started talking about making it a family vacation. Not that I wasn’t a … Continue reading DISNEYLAND!

Beautiful Brides

We don’t dress up often, but it was great fun to get gussied up for the wedding of our friends Colleen and Lee Ann. We met them through Ellie – their son goes to Ellie’s school. And it is largely because of Colleen’s efforts that Washington State passed Ref 74 legalizing gay marriage back in … Continue reading Beautiful Brides