I had a few thoughts to share tonight…and then my hubby walked up the stairs to bring me


I needed? Toilet paper. πŸ˜‰

This? Is what he brought me.

It HAD to be my blog post tonight.

Goodness, can she GET any cuter



You (I) Had a Bad Day

Because you had a bad day, you’re taking one down
You sing a sad song just to turn it around
You say you don’t know, you tell me don’t lie
You work at a smile and you go for a ride
You had a bad day, the camera don’t lie
You’re coming back down and you really don’t mind
You had a bad day, you had a bad


“Bad Day”, Daniel Powter

So this song isn’t my typical style of music, though it pretty much sums up

my day.

In fact, as I was reading through the lyrics, I found myself singing along and having American Idol flashbacks.

(Did anyone else watch that season?)

It was just one of those certifiable, bury-my-head-in-the-sand days.

I suppose we’re allowed them once in awhile.

I’ll avoid the drama of the day and leave you with the theme song to my Saturday… feel free to grab a hairbrush and rock out.

(If Tobin wasn’t sitting here, I probably would!) πŸ˜‰



Life in Pictures

Well, at least the last two weeks of life.


My birthday daisies from a sweet friend.

Aren’t they gorgeous?!

A visit with some of our favorite Indonesia friends…such good times.

Magnums…now available in the U.S.!!! Enough said.

Maelie tries to share her bottle with the sheep at the petting zoo. Haha!

Mae and Kris… I seriously smile when

I look at this.

What a fun memory.

Swinging with one of her favorite people… I just love this picture.


There’s No Place Like…



A Bit of Everything

It’s just been a little-of-everything kind of day.

You know, the kind that starts with an early morning run requiring me to get up before six. By choice. What’s wrong with me? :)

Then it’s followed, literally, by one of the darkest mornings I’ve ever experienced. Storms, rain, thunder, lightning…and almost-blackness outside.

When I put Mae down for her morning nap, her nursery was completely dark…which I will admit helped speed up the falling asleep process.

So, no complaints.

Then it was just me for awhile…getting a few things done, catching up on a couple e-mails, writing a bit, watching half of Raising Helen, which is one of those movies that makes me laugh and cry repeatedly throughout. It was a good movie for today.

Mae took a good nap, and then it was time for lunch and a game of “Let’s-Get-Into-Everything”. It’s her favorite game. :) Today she discovered Uno cards, the stepladder, the fact that the kitchen drawers pull out, and that she can see her reflection in the oven door. She also tried to climb into (?) the dishwas her, but I

herded her out of there quickly.

We played and read books and played some more. And while I ate the last few pancakes for lunch, she came and stood by my knees, waiting for me to give her bites. I…ahem…think she may have learned this from the dogs.

I should probably not

indulge it. However, it was cute.

And funny. And passed some of the calories on to her instead of letting them go into me.

I decided we should try for two naps today since Mae was up very early this morning, and she agreed.

Nap 2 was a success and gave me a bit of time to do some more things.

Tobin came home early, and I left at five to go get a haircut.

A desperately needed one.

You know how I’ve been growing out my hair?

Ooops…well, so much for that! πŸ˜€ She took a good two inches off the back today…which, for a normal person, is not a lot, but when you’re me…it’ s a lot.

Yay for a haircut! I decided that summer is about the worst time to ever try growing out my hair. Maybe this winter… or maybe not.

I came home just as the refrigerator repair guy was finishing up…yep, things just keep breaking.

Mae played for awhile, had her bottle, and then went quietly to bed…that’s kinda rare.

I tried to call Delta to check on some tickets we’re gonna need soon :) but their phone lines were closed already so we played frisbee til it was too dark to see. I strummed my guitar and sang a few songs on the back porch, and now I’m hanging out here, soaking up every ounce of my life.

I’m so blessed.

Tomorrow is park day…AND closing day.

Can you believe it?!

So. Blessed.


Little Blessings (Pt. 3)

:) A beautiful, sunny day that was NOT in the 90’s.

:) Taking Mae to the pool for the first time, and watching her love it.

And I do mean L.O.V.E. it.

:) Sharing a sno c one with her

on the above outing.

It was her first one, and I believe there was more L.O.V.E.

:) Being reminded, through other friends’ experiences and losses, that God’s ways

are perfect.

:) Birthday daisies that still look beautiful (mostly) a week later.

:) A good, solid hour of working on the book tonight… I love being productive.

:) A bit of anxiety, but also peace, as we wait (and hope!) for the closing on the house that should happen on Thursday.

:) A slight sunburn… is that a blessing

? Um… no, not really.

I’m just choosing to see it that way.


:) Seeing the body of Christ surround my brother-in-law and sister-in-law in prayer as they watched their nine-day-old son have heart surgery today.

PRAISE GOD…the surgery went well, and Baby Nolan is recovering.

:) Taking a situation I found frustrating and being able to examine my own heart through it.

:) Cooking dinner two nights in a row.

:) Blogging by the light of white Christmas lights strung around our back porch.

(My hubby is SO cool!)

:) Cheez-Its and peanut butter.


:) Magnum ice cream bars which they NOW sell in the U.S. Hallelujah! (Go find them…seriously. They’re life-changing.)


Being Happy

So, in general, I’m a pretty upbe

at person.

I think that’s mostly because I’m an extrovert, energetic, and tend to do crazy things that most people don’t do. Those things (aka: energy) often translate as being happy/upbeat.

I guess that’ s a good thing.

Tonight I was chatting with a friend about happiness, and a few thoughts stuck in my mind. So much that you get to read about being happy instead of a week in pictures…we’ll save that one for tomorrow.


For a long time I struggled finding contentment in day to day life.

This happened mostly once I got married.

Life settled into a routine, and I needed things that would keep it interesting. I guess I get bored easily? A few years later, we headed to Indonesia, which definitely kept life entertaining… and full of surprises, so it was never boring.

Then we moved back…had a baby, moved to a new place, basically started over…and had a year full of change.

Now we are just days away from closing on this house.

It’s exciting, overwhelming, and slightly scary to think about such a commitment.

This is going to be life. And don’t misunderstand me…I love my life.

But sometimes, on those boring days when it seems that routine is trumping fun and spontaneity, it’s easy for me to slump into a short depression.

I’m realizing now, more than ever, that on some days, happiness will need to be a choice I make.

And even if I’m not feeling it, I’ll need to choose to be joyful because of the many ways that I’ve been blessed. And on those happy days when the joy is just bursting, I need to soak up every second of it…and probably spread it to others. (Which usually happens, whether they want it or not!) :)

I also realized that part of happiness is being content with the stage of life I am in.

I’ve had a few good cries lately…weeping.

Literally. (My eyeliner ran…the stuff that lasts all day and can usually handle a cry or two.)

I saw some pictures from Indo that just tugged on my heart, and I sobbed over those people and places that were such an integral part of my life. Tears fell for a time in my life that I can never have again.

The time that was so good, so hard…and so full of memories.

Some days I want Indonesia back…but I still want my life now, too. Funny how we always want more…it seems that way, anyway.

I don’t apologize for crying over Indo…but I do know that I need to appreciate and love each piece of life while choosing to live in the present. Maybe for me, that means not looking at so many pictures of then and focusing on taking snapshots of now. Maybe it means not writing about it so much. (Though I am already working on my book on Indonesia, so we’ll see how that goes.) It definitely means focusing on the many blessings that surround me.

I’m ending this post even though it seems slightly incomplete.

Maybe I’ll finish it another day.

Just my thoughts and where I am tonight.

Love you all.



So I’ve talked for ages about actually making a bucket list.


Have I done it


No. Mostly because I am a huge procrastinator carefully thinking it over.


If I could write one at this moment, it would probably include a mix of traveling, music, and writing, although I can’t pinpoint exactly what I would put on that list… most things, anyway.

Except for the one of the things I’ve wanted to do for years.

Write a book.

I’ve actually written one already, but I’m nowhere near happy enough with it to actually put it in the hands of strangers.

Plus, life changed a lot in the seven years since I wrote it. I’ ve gone back and forth about how I could possibly write a book about Indonesia, and ha

ve always had doubts.

There are already way too many travel books out there, I’m not the most educated person when it comes to Indonesian culture, and who would want

to read about my life? And, really, the list could go on.

But today I had a breakthrough…I think. :)

I can’t wait to tell you more about it…I hope. :)

But the idea I have…I love. :)

So, now I’m off to write in the land of non-blogging.

Wish me luck!


Love This

I know I’ ve been quiet for the last few days.

Two of my dear friends from Minnesota were visiting, and we were busy shopping

and cooking

and taking walks and watching movies and laughing together.

It was a great three days, and my heart is already feeling the ache of m

issing them.

Here’s a picture I love… and will keep forever.

It’ s definitely blog-worthy.


Mel, Maelie, Naomi, Theresa


Cutest Ever (yes, I’m biased)


Schroeder family