Checking In

Hi friends,

I just wanted to say a quick “hello”!

I hope everyone is doing well here. We celebrated our son’s third birthday in July and our daughter’s first birthday on Sunday. Miles’ birthday is also July and mine is later this month. I guess we like to knock out birthdays in one swoop around here!

Our son starts preschool in September and I’m excited/dreading it.

I look out my window and see a wall of smoke. We are getting a lot of the smoke from the fires in Canada. It seems smoke is something to expect from our PNW summers now. This is the third/fourth year it has been an issue. It makes me sad and worried about our environment.

Summer is probably my least favorite season and to say I’m excited about fall starting is an understatment.

I hope you all are doing well.

-Rach

Word of the Day Wednesday

I love the word “maritime”. I think it’s wonderfully romantic and classic. Also, I’ve been dreaming of the water.

For Miles’ birthday we took our camper up to Bellingham and stayed for two nights. I did get some water time in with my family.

Do you see the rock formations in the foreground? I took the paddle board out and climbed all over them. They are incredibly beautiful.

Happy Wednesday friends.❤️

-Rach

Parenthood Can Break Your Heart And Make it Stronger

My daughter had a reaction to yogurt, eggs, and peanut butter (puffy eyes/ hives).

Turns out, she is allergic to dairy, eggs, and pretty much all nuts. Dogs and cats.

But not dust. Which honestly blew my mind. Isn’t everyone allergic to dust to some extent?

Anyway.

I thought after learning my oldest was born with a heart defect, nothing could phase me. I was very wrong.

I’ve been a nervous wreck since we found out on Friday. Questions keep emerging: What will she eat? Will people bully her? Will she have a “normal” life? How many time will I have to save her life with an epi pen? What if I’m not there during a reaction?

I’ve already cleansed the house of offending ingredients, I just wish I could organize (control) her future.

Perhaps the most important task as a mother with two children who have health conditions is to teach and encourage them to be their own defender.

I’ll write more as time goes on. If I tried to cram all of my feelings into this post I’d have a million bunny trails and a Costoco-size pile of Kleenex by my chair.

-Rach

Mother’s Day Recapture

Happy Monday!

First off, I’m sorry I didn’t post Sunday Social yesterday and that I didn’t notify everyone that it wasn’t going to happen. I got very caught up in Mother’s Day.

Second, happy belated Mother’s Day to all of the strong, beautiful, tough mamas out there.

To anyone who felt grief or loss yesterday for your own reasons, my heart goes out to you. I know that while yesterday was a day of celebration it can also be painful for people who have lost their own mother or a child.

Holidays can be rough.

Over here in Washington, we celebrated with my mom and went paddle boarding on the lake.

Have a wonderful week. See you on Wednesday.

-Rachel

A Mother’s Love

A Mother’s Love

A woman pressed her finger into the inky blue night sky.

You too left tiny fingerprints on my soul – a constant reminder that I am not myself only.

The two best aspects of my being walk side-by-side. They call me “Mom”.

My heart still beats beside you as it did the first nine months.

You are never alone. My thoughts are always with you.

We see stars that have extinguished years ago. Still burning bright.

When I am gone, may you still hear my heartbeat, feel the brush of my fingertips on your brow.

May the light of my love never burn out, but always guide you.

-Rachel McKee

guradian angel

Favorite Thing About Spring

What is your favorite thing about spring right now?

We’ve had beautiful weather the last few days and it’s suppose to be 80 tomorrow. I love spring! It’s hard to pick my favorite aspect but right now it has to be basking in the warmth.

I take my children outside and just stand in the sun. Maybe I’m needing the Vitamin D.

Everything feels deliciously lazy and slow. I’m really just living in the moment and enjoying life.

Hope to hear your thoughts about spring in the comments below.🌸

Rachel

The Soundtrack to My Life

Have you ever heard a song and felt each note was a significant moment in your life?

That’s how I feel about the song, “Big Country” by Béla Fleck.

We played it at our wedding and every time I hear it, it resonates within me. Like a soundtrack to my life, images flash before my eyes. Beautiful, raw, agonizing, glorious moments flood me.

Do any of you feel that way about a song? You can comment below or write your own post where you can drop a video of the song. Either tag me or link to this post.❤️

-Rachel

Life Update: Happy Crazy Campers

Hi friends,

Miles and I decided we weren’t busy enough (haha) and we bought a 2003 camper. And she is a fixer upper!

We have big plans. Redo the sleep space, walls, floor, cushions, and curtains. Basically we are keeping the bones and the appliances.

Miles started demolishing the walls.

Big shout out to my crafty friend AJ who made the sign for us!

I’ll post more updates as we go!

Wish us luck!❤️

Rachel

For My Valentine

Your mere existence reminds me every day that anything is possible. Your gentle, patient, loving nature, so unlike anything I’d experienced before. You, my husband are beyond anything I’d ever known.

Nobody makes me laugh like you do. You are so funny without trying.

I’m still in awe of you. I still crush hard on you. You are the one I want to be with forever. You are my home.

Happy Valentine’s Day to you my Love.

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AND Happy Valentine’s Day to you my friends! This year Miles surprised me with inflatable stand up paddle boards. I’m SO excited to get out and use them. Stay tuned for pictures of our paddling adventures.

Photography note: Miles staged this photo last weekend. We had a lot of fun and a lot of laughs getting that pose.

♥Have a wonderful day.♥

-Rachel McKee