Let's just get this out of the way, Arizona is hot.

And contrary to what Andrew keeps insisting, dry heat is still heat.  I mean, I'm beyond thankful that we are leaving the humidity of Georgia behind, but when the thermometer hits triple digits I call that hot.  So let's all just agree that I'm going to be commenting on the heat all Summer.

It's only April and I'm already hesitant of going outside after 11 am.

But Andrew is only here for a few days before he heads back East for a guys trip so we have to hit the sights during the day.  That's how I ended up climbing Papagos under the scorching midday sun.

It was hot, but it was pretty.

Maybe someday I'll be a real hiker, but for this one I was required an afternoon in the pool and massive margaritas as my reward for not complaining.


Easter 2014

Insert photos of delicious food, good wine, and an abundance of chocolate, and you have our Easter.

Today was fabulous.  The only thing that could have made it better is if Andrew was here.  His plane lands in exactly two hours and my day will be totally perfect.  My heart is full and I am happy.  Feeling incredibly thankful for this life I get to live.


Good Friday

For a long time, Good Friday didn't mean anything more than the end of Lent to me.

Whatever trivial self sacrifice I had committed to in Sunday School was over.  Bring on the chocolate and fast food.  I knew that it was a day to remember Jesus dying on the cross, but the significance just didn't resonate with me.

I get it now.

I mean, I get it as much as I can this side of Heaven.  The sacrifice made to redeem me.  Someone who didn't deserve redemption.  I get a pit in my stomach thinking of Good Friday.  It must have been so awful.  Oh, but the joy of knowing Sunday is coming.  The tomb is empty, y'all.


My family has been saved from a lot.  

Each of us carrying our own battle wounds, regrets from past choices.  My babies were nearly forgotten, abandoned, lost.  There's been sickness and disease and broken hearts and through it all, He carried us through.  We found each other.  Redeemed.  The impossibleness of it is not lost on me.  I see it and I'm thankful.

We spent Good Friday morning at the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale.

It's one of the most peaceful and beautiful places I've been.  There are nuns in habits walking the grounds and gardens where people are scattered, deep in meditation.  I watched my rowdy, Southern babies chat with the nuns and explore the Prayer Labyrinth and thought, yup, I want to live here. 

I took the cooler temps and 15 minute rain shower as a sign that I could survive the Summer heat here.

Do you know how good a desert rain smells?  So good.  All the colors are instantly brighter after the plants get a little drink.  I love it here so, so much.

And then this happened:

Those kids slay me.  So stinking cute!


A Good Day

I booked us on the last flight from Atlanta to Arizona Wednesday night in hopes that the kids would sleep.

While the kids were sleepy, as luck would have it, there was a baby in the row behind us that cried the entire 3 hours and 45 minutes.  Like, the whole entire, from boarding to touch down, time.  As much as I'd hoped my kids would sleep, I felt awful for that young mom.  Josie and Gabe were troopers and entertained themselves for the whole flight and when we finally got to my mom's house, it was 1:30 am our time.

We didn't head for bed for another hour after that and Gabe decided 6 am was a good time to greet the day.

Oh well, we are in Arizona and not even a short night can get me down.

I have one goal for this week: love my kids.

Not the normal love, but the verb love.  I want to fill their little love tanks to the brim.  Make eye contact, learn Josie's bunny hop dance, actually get in the pool with them.  Based on today, we are off to a good start.

My sister flew in today to see a friend and we got to steal a few hours with her!

Josie's favorite thing to do here is dress up with my mom's hats and scarfs.  This morning we all indulged her and had a full on fashion show.  Girlfriend knows her fashion.

The weather is total perfection.

By 8 am it was near 80 degrees with a bright blue sky.  We headed for the pool and parked there for most of the day.  My babies smell like sunscreen and have bloodshot eyes from all the jumping.  Bonus: they played together like tiny besties.  

Add in some giant ice cream and we are all feeling pretty happy today.

I love it here.