Matteo and my penguin

It’s only right that I start this 30 day daily blog with my two favorite people: my husband Matt and my daughter Kansas.

Last year I decided to rescue a turtle. 

Matt, Kansas and I were out early shopping at garage sales. Leaving a neighborhood, I saw a turtle laying right in the middle of the road. 

Having helped a friend rescue a turtle the day before, I was filled with confidence. I proudly turned to my family and announced, ‘I’m gonna rescue that turtle.’

 I jumped out the car, ran into the middle of the street, picked up the unsuspecting turtle and raised it, belly up, high in the air. (Think Simba in Lion King, only upside down.)

All of a sudden, I heard simultaneously the sound of rushing water and uproarious laughter from my vehicle. 

Looking up, I saw that the turtle was, um, peeing. It was a full on garden hose and the turtle and I became a very awkward fountain.

I froze, didn’t know what to do, and then I felt it. This little bubble of laughter in my stomach and when it rose to my mouth I was laughing so hard I had bend over and place the turtle on the ground. 

This bubbling laughter is one of the best parts of our family. I feel free to be myself, zits and all, and because of that freedom I can experience real joy. 

And there are no ‘funnier’ people than Matt and Kansas.

I adore my little family of three. They are ‘Jesus with skin on’ everyday. 

Matt, thank you for your steadfast, deep and abiding love. You continue to remind me of God, and I would not be able to ‘do me’ without you. 

Kansas, you are a light burning bright! Your courage, compassion and love are a beautiful thing to see. I can’t wait to see what wonderful things are in store for you. 

Let us all remember to let go and allow the belly laughs to roll free! It truly is excellent medicine!



PS just bc my little family loves silly jokes, here is one for you-

Why do dragons sleep during the day?

So they can fight knights!


Joke courtesy of


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