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!❤️



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.


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

Mac and Cheese Meltdown

Mac and Cheese Meltdown

Staring at the pot,

willing it to boil.

Give me a bubble, a sizzle,

just cook.

He’s flailing on the floor,

screaming, “I want It now!”

He makes a dash,

I lunge.

Those skinny legs are fast.

He beats me to the box, noodles rain down.

Boiling water.

Turning off the stove,

I sink to the floor.

I curl up among the hard, yellow shells, and close my eyes.

His wails turn into the cry of a seagull.

Lying on the beach, I’m younger.

My name isn’t “Mama”.

My breath aligns with the tide.

Push, pull.

In, out.

I allow myself this moment,

to escape.

I open my eyes.

He is watching cartoons,

The Mac & Cheese forgotten.

-Rachel McKee


Weekend Get Away

Hi everyone,

First, I want to thank everyone who participated in Sunday Social. I’ve had the best time meeting new people and catching up with old friends.

I feel very lucky because I got to read your incredible blogs from this amazing cabin in Shelton, Washington with my family.

While I was reading your incredible writing I was also taking in this view.

Here are some more pictures from our trip. We left Sunday and arrived home this afternoon.

Thank you again everyone. It means so much that you shared your beautiful blogs at my virtual party.

I hope to see you all again this Sunday.❤️



Picture Pick FriYAY: Seattle, WA

Happy FriYAY!

Miles took these from the rooftop of The Mediterranean Inn. (Where we stayed in Seattle.) The room was pretty inexpensive, the staff was great, and it was in a good location. The rooms were a bit on the small side and dated, but really not bad for the price of staying downtown.



Hope you all have a wonderful weekend full of adventure or rest (depending on what you need most)!

-Rachel McKee


Night Baby

Close your eyes little one.

Shut out the world for tonight.

Tomorrow you can roar at the sunrise,

shake the trees.

Wail long and loud.

Kick those chubby legs.

Stretch your graceful, dimpled hands.

Reach high little beauty.

As for tonight, my love, sleep, just sleep.



Obligatory New Year Post

I wasn’t going to post about the new year.

I don’t have a resolution. I guess Time Square wasn’t the only thing that “dropped the ball”.

I slept while this year ticked into the next.

Is it Easter yet?

I did dust off my two children book manuscripts and began rewriting…again. That was three nights ago, so nothing to do with the new year.

Well, maybe I should have stuck with my gut and not do a “new year” post.

Oh wait, I do have something to say about the new year…

Happy New Year to YOU! Thank YOU for following. Thank YOU for reading. Thank YOU for engaging.

2017 has blessed me in so many ways. My husband has shown me grace every day. I’m so blessed to call him mine. My son began talking and it’s music to my heart. My beautiful, sweet, funny, baby girl was born this year. My friends and family continue to humble me with their love and generosity.

2017 was great and at times chaotic, like most years. The milestone years, such as my wedding, or birth of my babies are hard to see go. I’m greeting 2018, resolution-free, wrapped in a soft blanket with my Irish breakfast tea.

I’m just going to sit here and keep reading about your plans. If you wrote about the new year, please post a link in the comment thread below so I can share in your excitement.

Happy 2018.




Hayden’s Reading Nook

We put up hanging bookshelves in Hayden’s room yesterday and I love them so much I had to share a picture with you guys.

This makes my little book-loving heart so happy!

Happy Saturday friends.



Picture Pick FriYAY: Washington Winter

I hope everyone is having a cozy winter, and you are all recovering from the bustle of the holidays. Does everyone have New Year’s Eve plans? Miles and I are going to enjoy a quiet evening at home with the kids.

I have compiled a few of Miles’ photos that he has taken this winter.

If you would like to see more of Miles’ photography please visit his Instagram account: @milesmckeephoto.

Hayden and I doing a little Christmas shopping. She is 4.5 months old now!
Skyline Ridge Washington State
Skyline Ridge, Steven’s Pass, Washington State.
Skyline Ridge Washington State
Skyline Ridge, Steven’s Pass, Washington State
Skyline Ridge Washington State
Skyline Ridge, Steven’s Pass, Washington State
Winter Solstice Reflection Walk.
Dog running snow
Zeus on the loose. Christmas morning.
Home for the holidays. This is my mother’s house where I grew up in Orting, Wa. I’m standing on the dike of the river.
My river, my church. Carbon River, Orting, Wa.
Washington State
Carbon River, Orting, Washington.
Washington State
Carbon River, Orting, Washington.

My Life in Numbers

2,255 unread emails.

3 cups of tea.

4 hours of uninterrupted sleep. (A huge win.)

0 books read since August.

1 surgery. (Wisdom teeth removed.)

1 four-month old.

1 two-year-old.

1 over-worked, amazing husband.

Overall, I’m tired, happy, sad, tired, lucky, crazy, exhausted, guilt-ridden, tired, scary, blessed.