hello monday {walking in morro bay}

Hello friends. After a restful weekend in Fresno, our family is coming home reflective and thankful. Steve attended a memorial service over the weekend. It was an opportunity to reconnect with old friends, celebrate a life well lived and consider how we are spending our moments and days. We’re starting this week with a renewed perspective and softer hearts.

I’m sharing pics today from an afternoon walk in Morro Bay. I took the boys a few days ago, we soaked up some sunshine {before the fog rolled in} and ate ice cream. For some reason, I have to convince the boys to go on these adventures–I practically have to force them into the car. But once we’re there we have lots of fun and we never regret going.

How about some hellos for a new week?

Hello sunshine. I’m loving the warm rays after days of rain.

Hello Matthias. This is his ready-to-ride face. That kid can get some serious speed on his scooter.

Hello walking. We’ve been leaving the stroller behind and giving David more opportunities to talk. It also involves me giving up control and I when he drops to his knees I have to wait patiently until he’s ready to walk again. We’re both being stretched by this process–and it’s good for us.

Hello exploring. Hello 10 year old who craves independence.

Hello brothers. Hello melting heart.

Hello texture. I think texture inspires me as much as color and sunshine.

Hello chocolate malt. I told myself I would only have half–and then I sipped all the way to the bottom of the cup.

Hello fog rolling in as we got in the van to come home.

Hello list of big projects. I’m trying to make progress a little bit at a time.

Hello Blissdom. It’s coming quickly–will you be there? I’m speaking Friday afternoon about telling your story. I’ll also be at the handmade market. I would love to meet you. Please find me!

Hello grocery store run. We need food for dinners–otherwise I’ll be ordering pizza. Every night.

Hello brand new week. Just a few more sips of coffee and I’ll be ready to face you!


  1. Hi Lisa! I will be at BlissDom! I have long loved your jewelry, and I have one of your necklaces (and I have a wedding to attend, so I am thinking about that adorable plate for the bride and groom as a little sumthin’ extra! I am looking forward to meeting you in Texas in a little over a week!

    xorenee schuls-jacobson


  2. My 10 yr old needs dragging out too – they would just play inside on screens or with Lego all day if we didn’t MAKE them go on little adventures – and as soon as they are out they are GREAT!!!! And love it! So worth it – as you say, you never regret it, and so much more fun and memorable to be doing things together! Love your pics – they inspire me to use different angles and apertures x

  3. I also love the shot of Matty & David from behind. It speaks volumes of so much love & strength in all your lives.

    I’m saying hello on my blog this week to my birthday girl & letting her stretch her boundaries, too — letting her go solo for a bit at Disney with her friend. Scary, but it went great. And I’m stretching myself this week too, which is also scary.

  4. Hello to wishing I lived where the sunshine is!

    So sorry to hear about Steve’s friend. Thinking of you guys.

    Hello to my birthday week, my older daughter’s first play, dinner out, a day at the spa, and some relaxation. Ahhh.

  5. Hello gorgeous pictures! The first one took my breath away, and it brought so much joy to my heart to see your boys playing in the sunshine!
    Just what I needed on this dreary & sleep deficient Monday!

  6. Ahh, the pic of David and Matty side-by-side made me all teary-eyed. So much story in one sweet photo.

    Life is hard but God is GOOD!

    I finished listening to your pod-cast with Tsh last night while doing the dishes. Looks to me like you’re doing a GREAT job of allowing your boys to expand their borders with new freedoms! I KNOW it’s hard…especially the letting go of control part. (I struggle, too, with my three active little guys!) BIG hug! 🙂

  7. ha! pizza’s good, right? 🙂 we’re having italian chicken w/spinach salad and brussels sprouts. Love your pictures at the beach. Long for those warmer days!

  8. LOVE seeing these smiley faces!
    LOVE seeing David’s independence.
    LOVE hearing that it stretches you all and that is a GOOD thing.
    Your blog puts the really important things into perspective for me. Thank you for that.

    Happy Monday.
    Lovely sunshine.
    We still have snow so I’m envious of your sandle wearing days.

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  10. Sorry for your loss. I’m always reflective in those circumstances too. Morro Bay was beautiful. David looks awesome walking beside you! Matthias looks cool in his helmet riding his scooter. Fun!
    Have a super week!

  11. Lovely set of images, your boys are gorgeous. Lovely to see some blue sky (it is snowing here….) and the feather picture is beautiful, love the colours and textures. Have a great week. 🙂

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