“I hope that one day you will see and read with your own eyes”

Happy Earth Day!


I have had the opportunity to visit and/or live in some incredibly beautiful places around our world and believe me when I say I am never more in awe of God and His wonders than when I take time to appreciate all of His creation.

Currently we are living in San Francisco and I have come to know of a man and appreciate his love of God’s creation – John Muir. Muir did SO much to protect and preserve the beauty of Northern California and I am so thankful for that. Have you been to Yosemite? Muir Woods? Driven along the Pacific Coast Highway? We have so much to be in awe of and the fact that much of it is untouched by man’s tendency to taint God’s beauty here in NorCal is due to John Muir. I feel the closest to God when I am out in His creation.

My mom came to visit a few weeks ago when #cavebaby was born (a blog post to come about our new little nugget!) and while she was here we drove to Stinson Beach and stopped in at a small bookstore. While there she bought me a gift – musings/quotes by John Muir – and I felt like sharing this one with you today:


Here at the Right Moment

“Look at that, now. Why, it looks as if these giants

of God’s great army had just now marched into their stations;

every one placed just right, just right!

What landscape gardening! What a scheme of things!

And to think that [God] should plan to bring us feckless creatures here at the right moment, and then flash such glories at us!

Man, we’re not worthy of such honor!

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!”



“I am sitting here in a little shanty made of sugar pine shingles this Sabbath evening. I have not been at church a single time since leaving home. Yet this glorious valley might well be called a church, for every lover of the great Creator who comes within the broad overwhelming influences of the place fails not to worship as they never did before. The glory of the Lord is upon all God’s works; it is written plainly upon all the fields of every clime, and upon every sky, but here in this place of surpassing glory the Lord has written in capitals. I hope that one day you will see and read with your own eyes.”



A list worth reading.

This has been circulating Facebook the last few days and I finally read it this morning. I recommend reading it!


20 Things I Wish I’d Known in My Late Twenties | RELEVANT Magazine.




SO, I am having a baby | pregnancy musings.

It is finally setting in to my thick skull. My due date is in less than three weeks and yesterday I had to go to the hospital because I am measuring small (which they thought was bad, but it turns out everything is ok. Perhaps my baby is just small? SCORE!)

I am starting to nest. Tonight when the huz gets home, we are setting up EVERYTHING that we haven’t set up yet. The huz has been hesitant to clutter up the house, but I cannot wait any longer. I am becoming that crazy-pregnant-lady. I also have a gnarly sinus infection, so he really cannot say no to me any longer :)

I just made an appointment with a pediatrician. I have a crib in my house. I have washed all his clothes (they are so tiny!). The carseat is installed and we deep cleaned our home this past weekend. WEIRD.

I am having a baby. I assume this will set in after he comes, but perhaps it will always be something of a wonder? Perhaps I will look at him from time to time throughout his life and think, “Gosh, he is mine. I carried him, birthed him and raised him. What a wonder.” I mean, I still sometimes wake up next to the huz and think, “Gosh, we are married! What a wonder.”

When I think about the fact that I have been pregnant for nine months, it seems like forever since I took that pregnancy test. But, on the other hand, the time flew by and I cannot believe he is coming so soon.

I have no pregnancy complaints. I had a very uneventful pregnancy. Almost no morning sickness, plenty of energy and great support from family and friends. I acted so un-pregnant that the huz decided we should go camping in January and hike Yosemite last week. And I said yes! Turns out a sinus infection + pregnancy keeps you from hiking in Yosemite, which was probably for the best. I stayed back in the room while the huz took his parents all over the beautiful national park (jealous!). I am not the type of woman to gush about how much I loved being pregnant. I don’t know if I LOVED it, but I didn’t not like it either. But, like I said, I had it so easy compared to many of my friends that I don’t think I am the right person to answer this question.

I am excited to eat sushi again and soft cheeses. And drink more than one cup of coffee a day. I am excited to be able to run again (DID I JUST SAY THAT?! People say that you cannot change your spouse, but the huz sure changed my outlook on running).

Mostly I am excited to meet this little cave baby! I cannot even begin to comprehend how completely he is going to change our lives and parts of that are scary but mostly I am excited for the change and the challenge. I look forward to the blessings and the wonder. baby laughs and baby smells (the good and the bad ;)).

Well, cheers to the next big adventure (well, maybe labor is technically the next big adventure, but I don’t feel like giving cheers to that ;))

♥ sam