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The problem with running and going far;
you have to return where you left your car.
An old friend and I would run out to
Bothell from Redmond, on the Sammamish Trail,
when training for the Seattle Marathon.
It was our long run for the week.
I don't remember the length but estimate
it was about 14 miles, out and back.
After we returned, we would put on
our Sweats, pants and jacket and go
to Blazes Broiler for a Sunday breakfast.
Bacon or ham and eggs with hash browns,
toast and a few Bloody Mary's.
Our kind of training back in those days.
Some schedule I would say.

Hello there, you people.
Give me a shout
and I will tell you
what love is about.
Love is what you do
when you stay in,
rather than go out
to be with your friends.
No matter the time,
no matter the end,
when you are in love,
It's not "Lets Pretend."
Love is for real.
It can start any place,
regardless of color,
regardless of race.
No matter who,
no matter where,
when love is in bloom
it is everywhere,
so step up to the plate,
let us see very clear,
for a long love,
we suffer and endear.
I love my children.
I love them all,
short ones, tall ones,
but most of all,
I'll love you tomorrow
for don't you see
true love is but a memory.

I'm so blessed to be surrounded by such an amazing tribe!

This list is comprised of gifts other new moms and I received that made those first few months so much better. Some gifts are more expensive than others. Others require nothing more than time. And, there are those gifts which new moms have given themselves.

But, each one means the world.

CAT LOVERS! THIS ONE IS FOR YOU!!!

Come enjoy a weekend celebration of everything cats! With 80+ vendors from all over the world, you'll find high quality and one of a kind meowchandise for cats and humans!

There, you will find all the cat-related products imaginable: art, apparel, cat toys, accessories, paper goods, food brands, and MUCH MORE! Attend some of the art workshops, cat workshops or presentations from educational and entertaining speakers and advocates. There will also be cat yoga, cat cafe, and an adoption lounge, face painting, art making and much more!

When: Saturday and Sunday, October 26th and 27th, 2019 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Address: 301 Mercer Street, Seattle, Washington 98109

Phone: 206-684-7200 

Who inspires you?

I'm lucky enough to have quite a few amazing people in my life, not the least of whom is Chelsea Farmer. Her raw honesty and perseverance are a constant motivation to be the best version of myself.

Lady, you're a boss 👏 👏 👏

One of the BEST parts of my job is all the amazing people I get to meet — like Mari Peterson.

I'll be flying with this lady again tomorrow and I can't wait. She's a total rockstar and an amazing human.

Kirk Cameron will be bringing the Cameron living room to churches across the country, and wants you to join him for a heartfelt conversation about what matters most to husbands, wives and parents. 

Think of it as a "home-run date night" with Kirk along with special music guest, Matt Hammitt. 

Come enjoy a time to get away with your spouse for 3 hours to laugh, pray, learn and worship together as everyone dives deep.

You'll walk away from this event with a new lens to see your family through and you'll definitely be inspired to give your family a "Living Room Reset". Don't miss it!

When: Monday, October 6th, 2019 at 6:00 pm

Address: 4326 148th St SE, Mill Creek, WA 98012

The annual Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival is a fun, annual community event that includes artists' booths, food, a kids area, beer & wine garden with music! Enjoy fireworks on Saturday night at the festival! There is fun to be had for all ages. Don't miss it! 

When: Friday, Sep 6th from 4:00 pm to Sunday, Sep 8th, 2019 at 11:00 am. 
Address: 4902 76th St SW, Mukilteo, WA ~ Phone: 425-353-5516 
Email: info@mukfest.com

We weren't an "outdoorsy family." My mom, always said, “Camping is one bathroom and slow room service."

So while I grew up hunting with my dad and building forts in the backyard, my childhood was spent with easy access to a shower and a soft bed.

But the older I've grown, the more I've learned to love the outdoors. The more I relish nature. It's a passion I can't wait to share with this little girl and continue to foster in myself.

A huge shoutout to Rachel Zupke for letting a novice hiker tag along and for introducing me to the amazing Brenda Ulinski — who graciously captured the pictures in this piece. You two fill my heart with joy. I can't wait to hit the trail with you again, perhaps with a little friend!

Are you ready, Seattle? Join in for the St. Jude Walk/Run during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September, to raise money for the kids of St. Jude, where families never receive a bill for anything. Let's end childhood cancer. Together.

When: Saturday, September 14th, 2019 from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm.  

Address: 305 Harrison St, Seattle, Washington 98109

Phone: 206-684-7200
Email: sc.customerservice@seattle.gov

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