Who Am I?

I am tall, and unassuming. I am a wife. Mother. Painter. Creative Thinker. I manage a hectic household of three four boys and a husband who is an amazing man. He hunts, fishes, does amazing woodworking, mathematically gifted, a gourmet cook, fantastic father and a very loving and patient husband. I am truly lucky to have found such a catch.

I love to cook, which is what my blog is mostly about. However, I am highly opinionated so I write about anything that sparks me to speak out. Usually it is something that either has fired me up or amused me. Please, please comment and give me your point of view (respectfully!). I live by the motto: "Debate Without Hate" and welcome healthy exchanging of ideas. As long as we are respectful of each other, not resorting to juvenile name calling then it's all good in my book.

I live in south central Alaska. The largest state in the Union. That is, the United States of America (despite what some online businesses believe). Yes, they take American coin, and have since becoming the 49th state in the U.S. You can take the girl out of Alaska, but not Alaska out of the girl.
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Money is tight most of the time, but we have a roof over our heads, food on the table and are resourceful enough to find lots of low cost things to do for fun. I paint, take pictures and write. None make me money... yet!

I married in 2001 to a south east Alaskan commercial fisherman. I still have yet to tame him. We sometimes look around at those around us, and find ourselves so grateful that we are still together and treat each other respectfully and with love. We may have moments, in our hectic high stress life, where we don't like each other very much. But we will always love each other.

In 2007, our son Connor was diagnosed with type I diabetes. It turned our world upside down for a long time. He was only three, and it shook our faith and robbed us of joy for a time. But he is so very tough and watching him conquer his fears and face them head on was an inspiration. Being type I diabetic myself, I look back on my diagnosis and realize he was much stronger than me.

In 2008, we moved to the Kenai Peninsula and a whole new world opened up to us. We were very far from our respective families and it was hard starting over, making new friends. However the people we met have been a blessing and we feel like God drew us to Soldotna. We were just waiting for his direction and hoping we were heading the right way.

In March 2010 we were blessed with our third son born naturally and without medical interventions despite my being type I diabetic and it was awesome! So now I have three wonderful boys and I am so VERY very blessed to be their mother.

Update 2011!
In January, Connor got his very own insulin pump! It has been amazing for him. His hemoglobin A1C is almost at a normal level and he has more freedom and confidence. This makes me so happy. The only thing that could be better would be a cure, but this is close enough for now I guess.

Update Summer 2011!
In April, we were given the opportunity of a lifetime. Family wanted us in Montana, so we prayed, and carefully considered our options before taking a leap of faith. You can read all about it, from the beginning, starting with my blog post "Another Door Opens".

Update Spring 2012!
Newborn pic courtesy of Lot22
We welcomed baby #4 into our family. Brennen was born a month early via emergency C-section. It was scary, and we had a bit of a struggle, but he is getting big, and thriving. He also has loads of personality!

Update Spring 2015! 
We returned to Alaska after 2 years in Gig Harbor, WA. It's been quite the journey and are now very relieved to be back in Alaska. Homeschooling, exploring the beautiful beaches here and just feeling safer to roam.

February 2016

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