Category Archives: Vacation

Seabrook Celebration

I got to spend an whole weekend surrounded by some of the most amazing women I have ever met. 20 of them in total, to be specific.

My good friend Amy invited us all out to Seabrook which is located in Pacific Beach, Washington, to celebrate her birthday!

Meet Amy! Isn’t she beautiful?


We all rented a house on the coast and one of the first things we did when we got there was sprint out to the ocean in typical Amy/Lana fashion. Pacific waters are cold.


And of course we took the obligatory “jump in place” photo.



Bet you could never guess which feet are mine. Hint: look for the black rotting toenails and the bunions. Sexy.

We spent a lot of time hanging out, talking, and laughing!




A lot of time was spent walking along the beach. Here are several photos to serve as a visual explanation as to why the majority of our time was spent outside…






Sunset from the deck of the house…



I’m not much of a chit-chat kind of gal, and knowing that there would be 20 women (most of whom I did not know) staying in one house, sort of made me want to shrink inside myself. It is challenging when you encounter women who just want to talk about throw pillows and bargains and make up and celebrity gossip and their husbands’ flaws. Those topics aren’t my forte. BUT this was not the case this weekend! When everyone under one roof knows and loves the Lord, you skip the “getting to know you” phase and get right to the heart of the matter and talk about real life stuff with vulnerability and authenticity because even if you’re not perfect, you know it’s all covered by grace. With that said, I had some great conversations that I will undoubtedly remember for a lifetime because of the wisdom and perspective I gleaned from them.

Here are a few of the members of “the league of extraordinary women” as I like to call them collectively…as I fondly reminisce. 🙂


I was seriously so humbled to be included in this group of amazing women! I have now forcefully clawed my way into new friendships and will henceforth force every single one of them to hang out with me as often as possible.

Very thankful for this friend right here!


What relationships are you thankful for today? 

Have you ever been in the Pacific Ocean?


Photos from Summer 2013

Seeing as how it’s fall already and there’s a new beauty and weather climate to enjoy, I thought I’d share some of our favorite photos from this summer with you.

Beauty on the ground.









Beauty in wildlife.







Beauty in plants.



Beauty in the mountains.










Beauty in…OOPS! How did this photo get into the mix? 🙂


Beauty in the sky.







[If you could go anywhere/do anything next summer, where would you go and what would you do?]

[What is your favorite season?]

Visit from Grandparents

Tyrel’s grandparents (now mine as well! HA! Benefit of marriage once again) came to visit this summer and yes, I’m just now sharing it with you.

Meet Grandpa and Blue Jean.



They are so much fun.


While they were here, we took a ferry over to the Olympic Peninsula, stayed at Kalaloch Lodge, hiked in the Hoh Rainforest, hiked Hurricane Ridge, and visited Ruby Beach. Oh and also picked blackberries.

Here’s a couple a zillion photos of the days they were here!


This is Kalaloch Lodge.


And these are the cabins we stayed in…


Ruby beach…


photo-116The Hoh Rainforest…



I found my happy place. Underneath a tree.


Blue Jean found hers too.


And so did Tyrel.


Jean has an affinity for moss just like I do. It must be touched. We couldn’t leave the forest until we buried our hands in some.


“Hey Ty can we pretend I’m lichen and you’re a tree?”

Hiking Hurricane Ridge.








Here is a chipmuck licking it’s butt. This one’s for free. You’re welcome.


And, of course, blackberry picking.


We had such an amazing time with Grandpa and Blue Jean.

At the end of their trip, Ty and I wanted to take advantage of their wisdom and life experience. So we asked them to share five “nuggets of wisdom” with us before they left. Here’s what they said:

1. “You only have control over your action, reaction, and attitude.”

2. “Learn to laugh at yourself.”

3. “Life is messy and that’s okay.”

4. “Don’t take things too seriously.”

5. “Don’t do drugs or drink alcohol to excess.”

Thanks, Grandpa and Blue Jean for coming to stay with us! It was a memory we’ll always treasure!