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you’re breaking your ground.

okay, please play this song while reading. i’m obsessed with Bon Iver and love listening to this song while driving.

i have been in WA for 3 weeks now and while it’s been an adjustment on many levels, i must confess, i really like it here. the weather can be gloomy and dark, but it has truly made me appreciate the sunshine. and this place is absolutely stunning when the sun shines. the days are slowly getting longer and instead of pure darkness while driving to work in the morning, i drive with the sun rise. and the shades of yellow, lavender, and pink in the sky make my heart flutter. i’m serious.

clear skies & sunrise

there’s a church just down the street from the hospital that the parking garage faces. instagram followers have seen this steeple in many photos, as there are days that i simply can’t get enough of what i see. gosh, itsn’t it gorgeous?!

while at work, i stare out of patient windows and admire the sunshine. i told a few of my co-workers that i wanted to eat lunch outside because it looked so nice out. they laughed a little and reminded me that it may look nice, but it’s still in the 30’s outside. they get a kick out of this california girl and her immediate draw to the sun. so while i’m stuck inside during the day, i leave the hospital at sunset. a few days ago, i walked outside and smiled from ear-to-ear as i looked up, with squinted eyes, and saw these clouds before me…

God-painted clouds from February 2nd

God is quite the artist! and as i walked towards my car, Mt. Rainer stood boldly and beautifully, covered in snow for the cities to see. i’m working on getting a picture of the mountain, and often think about pulling my car over just about to snap a quick shot. i’m telling you, something about this place has awakened my senses to the incredible beauty that i’m surrounded by.

okay, enough about the weather. oh wait, one more thing- it’s supposed to be sunny all weekend! which means i can actually be outside during the day and soak up those rays!! :) okay, now i’m done. so, my internship! there really wasn’t much to say last time i posted. but now that i’ve finished two, solid, 40+ hour weeks, i have a little more to write about. well, for starters- i LOVE it. being at the hospital, working with patients and families- my internship has confirmed, 100%, that this is what i’m supposed to be doing with my life. i’ve heard from so many people, “gosh, that must be so hard”, or “i just don’t think i can work with sick kids”, or “kids shouldn’t have to be in the hospital, it’s so sad”- yes. i validate those things. some of the kids i work with are incredibly sick. some get better quickly, some slowly, and some just won’t get better at all. but something that i’m learning and recognizing is that the environment of the hospital does not stop a kid from being a kid. the patients still want to play, still laugh and smile, and still hold on to hope that they will get better.

emergency entrance on my walk to and from the parking garage

one of the units at the hospital is shared with an adult neuro unit, the door to that unit was open one day and i saw an elderly lady lying on her bed with her husband next to her. i got choked up as i glanced at what could have been a final moment together. this was probably not the case- but the feeling of the pediatric unit versus the adult unit is so different. don’t get me wrong, there have been moments in the past two weeks that i wanted to break down in tears for things that some of these patients and parents are going through. but on a day to day basis, i remain humbled, honored, and thankful to be a small part of their hospital experience. the beauty and joy of my job is to make the hospital a kid-friendly environment. while there are many components to what i do, on a very basic level, part of my job is to bring comfort and smiles. thank you Lord, for bringing me to this place, this career. may i use it to honor You daily…

now, i wish there was a smoother way to transition, but i’m stumped (and too tired to think). so here goes the next thing:

my daily life here pretty much consists of working and working some more. i’m up before 6am and don’t get home till after 5pm. so i’m pretty tuckered out and ready for bed around 8pm ;) Kelsey has invited me out with some friends a few weeknights, but unfortunately- i’m pretty boring after those long days! but i have found some time to explore. Kelsey and i went to a delicious coffee shop in Tacoma. sadly i’ve only been once. not quite living up to my coffee-shop junkie reputation. but give me a little more time. i’ll get there!

delicious mocha from Metronome Coffee

we went to Seattle last weekend, walked around University Village in the rain and then hung out at a great brewery with our friends Chelsea and Bino. today we went to Seattle to see Oklahoma! and it was phenomenal. did i mention we had front row seats?! i’m so spoiled!! it was truly a perfect day.

me & Kels with Curly at the 5th Ave Theater

gosh, i think that’s about it for updates. i’m continually in awe of God’s creation, absolutely loving my internship, and beyond blessed to be on this adventure! Psalm 9:1-2.


it’s been a year!!

holy smokes. it has been a whole year since this blogging adventure has taken off! and i have to say, from day 1- i have had nothing but love, support, and encouragement. so thank you for all the great comments and feedback. my desire was for this to be a place where i could process through art journal pages and maybe inspire a few others along the way… but along the way, i have been inspired by so many others and this has turned into much more than art journal pages.

celebrate! via KikiLaRu on etsy

this past year has been one full of challenges and triumphs. celebrations and mourning. and growth. and change. and growth, again. but that’s what this adventure called life is all about, right? it’s not the easy life or the fun life, sometimes it just plain sucks. and somewhere along the line, each of us realize that. the dictionary describes an adventure as “an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity”. or even “the exploration of unknown territory”. as each step of life changes and continues, it is an adventure. it is unknown and unusual, yet exciting as we each experience what is new.

and while i continue to stand eye-to-eye with change and the unknown, a few things remain.

  • God’s faithfulness and promise to not give us more than we can handle (although at times it seems we are at our breaking point, He is ever present).
  • my family loving, caring, understanding, and sometimes silly family.
  • my beautiful and gracious roommates (check out my roommate’s blog here– it’s so great!).
  • amazing friendships that have lasted longer and grown deeper than i could have ever known.
  • and this great passion to create and appreciate all that is handmade.

so thank you, THANK YOU, thank you for support and encouragement along this journey. and here’s to another year of the adventure!


pics from my phone

welcome to the new layout, if you haven’t seen it yet! wordpress informed me that they were retiring the former layout (or something like that), which i was pretty bummed about. but i got the chance to change things up a bit, which can be exciting :)

i don’t have anything wild or crazy to post today. i just thought i’d share some pictures that i recently uploaded from my phone. i have been having some issues getting my pictures from my phone to my computer, but for some reason- today, it worked. some of the pictures are a bit old, but i hope you enjoy them!

still in love with ranunculus from the flower market… soon they will be in season again!

i had a fun time at the pumpkin patch with lovely friends. i won’t lie, i’m a bit sad that fall is ending and winter is nearing. don’t get me wrong, i can’t wait for Christmas… but i just wish the fall season would last a little longer!

our delicious pie from last Thanksgiving! excited to see (and eat) what’s in store for this year!

“it’s the most wonderful time of the year!” these are the gifts i gave to my family last year. i think i could spend more money on wrapping decor than gifts :) is that terrible??

and my dad bought the movie White Christmas to get us into the holiday spirit! i’m looking forward to family time watching it… but can it really already be here?!

last but not least, it’s always great to come home :)

there you have it! some oldies, but very good-ies! this is kind of a fun post :) might have to do more of these…

i hope you all have a great Thanksgiving. i am thankful for so much in this season of life: my beautiful family, roommates to journey with, studying a field that i’m passionate about, opportunities to create, this humble little blog that i adore, and a God who is absolutely faithful through the big and small.

[what are you thankful for this year?]

ps- i have had a few people ask about Christmas decorations and what i will blog for the holiday season :) i love it!! i am brainstorming some things now, and i can’t wait to share them with you all!