The Moments that Take Your Breath Away


When I look back over the past 31 years of my life, the moments that stand out most sharply in my mind all tend to all have one thing in common-they all have that rare ability to make my stomach tumble and steal my very breath.

There are many moments I recall….like jumping into the ocean for my first dive at 12 years old or walking down the aisle to the handsome guy that would soon become my husband.  Spectacular sunsets, walks on the beach and misty, muddy hikes through the woods.  Also those moments when the early morning sun filters through the trees in such a majestic way that it nearly brings tears to your eyes.

Then there are those moments that not only take your breath away but usher in a new chapter of your life–like becoming a mom for the first time as I stood and held Little Man in an orphanage in Vietnam….


And that moment in Hong Kong when Big Brother first looked at me–I mean really looked at me–and smiled….


And then the surreal moment when I saw a little, tiny heartbeat appear on a monitor as I laid in the doctor’s office, wondering what I did to deserve so many blessings….

babybThese fleeting moments that are forever engraved in my mind seem so simple but yet so profound. I love awaking each day with anticipation that I’ll have a chance for just one more…


Peace Begins at Home

Remember me? I used to blog here.

Let’s face it, I have neglected my blog over the course of the past few weeks. It wasn’t intentional and I have truly missed sharing my thoughts and photos with all of you each day. Life, it seems, has swept me away into a dizzying whirlwind of to do’s and obligations. I’m actually blogging from my phone while sitting in my office, if that gives you any indication of the state of my blogging goals. But I’m readjusting the sails, so to speak, and I’m going to try harder to spend time nurturing my precious and worthy outlet–my blog.

A single moment out of my crazy and hectic morning stopped me in my tracks, reminding me to start looking at the big picture.


I always put notes in the boys’ lunch boxes each day. This morning I found that Little Man had also decided to write a note for his brother, and he placed it next to mine. Looks like Big Brother will get a double greeting today.

Such a small act of kindness that speaks more profoundly than words ever could.

I mused to myself that I must be at least doing something right in this crazy and chaotic season of my life. And then it struck me that today is the International Day of Peace. And you know what? I had a thought.

Peace begins at home.

It’s not something you teach, but something you live. It’s not something you have, it’s something you are. So live it and pass it on.




For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been struggling to keep my head above water.  The boys started Kindergarten.  I started back teaching at a local university. Then the sinus/cold/mystery virus crud made its way around the family, one member at a time.  Exhaustion has become the norm.  But in all fairness, things are going very well here in the Hiking household.

If you’ve been following Big Brother’s school journey, you know that we’ve had major issues in the past.  So you can imagine how happy I’ve been to hear that Big Brother has been having good days at school and that he will soon receive his very own aid [fist pumps spastically.] Everyone told us we were crazy to advocate for such a thing in our school system.  Good thing I consider myself to be pretty crazy, huh?  It seems to have worked to our favor in this case.  I guess that’s why I chuckled so much at the sight of this image on my fb feed tonight:

So all in all, I’d say we’re doing great despite the never-ending streams of mucus and lack of sleep.  Once we settle into our routine and recover from the crud, I have a feeling it will be smooth sailing as far as school is concerned.  In the meantime, we’ve been trying to get outdoors as much as possible in addition to weekly visits to the climbing gym.  I’ve only got a few cell phone photos to show for our week.  I’ll try to do better next time.  Right now?  I’m going to try to catch up on some much needed sleep….

Yep, life is good.


Thanks to all the new readers who found me through my SITS day!  I’m still responding to all the awesome comments and trying to go and visit each new blog from all the new visitors.  I absolutely enjoyed all of the blog love, thanks for making my day so special 🙂