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My thoughts on God

I’ve been in a very contemplative state lately. I feel like I am in a stage of really trying to prioritize what is important to me and of trying to understand God better.  Do I remember to pray every morning and night? No. Do I read my scriptures often enough? No. Am I at a […]

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Becky hillstrom - July 11, 2014 - 7:27 am

Thanks Kara! That thought was a really good way to start my morning. I’ve had some experiences lately where God has let me know that He is aware of me. And right back at you…if you ever doubt or feel disappointed, give me a call. I’ll tell you all sorts of wonderful and unique things about you.

Niki Wieland - July 11, 2014 - 7:41 am

Kara you are able to write and share in such an eloquent way! I agree with you on everything you have said, and it is so sad to me that there are so many who feel there is no God, and how lonely that must feel. I know that when I really try to find the hand of God in my life I find it in the smallest of acts to of course the big ones, my favorite is the small things that I never realized were Him!

Thanks for sharing so beautifully your thoughts on God and I hope you know that you are a light to me!

kara - July 14, 2014 - 10:16 pm

Becky and Niki,
You are both people I really admire. Easy to see God in you two :)!!

Business in the front… party in the back!

I’ve heard story after story of little girls who go a little wild with scissors on their hair. I smile and chuckle a little when I see the cute little pixie cuts or crazy short bangs. Sofia never cut her hair. She did cut a big chunk of our friend Marianne’s hair, but Marianne has […]

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Wendy M. - July 11, 2013 - 7:14 am

She’s completely adorable, no matter her hairstyle! (Oh, and while I’m quite sympathetic, I’d like to point out that Allison had barely grown any hair by the time she was Miriam’s age. :-)

Climbing Trees

Sofia and Gabe have been loving tree climbing lately. They were excited to share this love with their pals Thomas and Tessa.

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Katrina - February 17, 2013 - 6:50 pm

That is awesome. I want to climb, too!

kara - February 17, 2013 - 9:39 pm

Come over and climb to your heart’s content Katrina. I really do want to see you. Why can’t we get our acts together to make it happen? We are happy to host you guys any time you want to come up!

New York

Casey lifting Sofia up to see inside of a coffin at the Egyptian exhibit at the Metropolitan.Sofia was obsessed with holding Marcelo. He is one seriously cute little baby.Sofia outside while the today show is being shot inside.Our mommy/daughter dayInside the American girl store. Sofia was beyond excited!Time square.Me and Laurie in the West Village. […]

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Camille - January 15, 2013 - 9:31 pm

I’ve been wanting to visit NYC SO badly lately. I went for a week with a friend to visit my brother who was living there at the time when I was pregnant with Levi, and I had the best vacation of my life. I was worried that I’d be too much of a country bumpkin to appreciate the city, but I was so wrong.

I can’t imagine being in NYC with kids. It seems like that would be a lot more complicated, especially since I thought the best part was all the walking around. I’ve been trying to recruit a travel buddy because my husband definitely doesn’t want to go, but it seems like everyone I know either has a baby or a real serious job. There’s a part of me that’s considering going by myself, but I can’t decide if that would be liberating and inspiring or lonely and uncomfortable. We’ll see if I can make it happen, but hearing people talk about their trips to the city is making me even more agitated.

Kara - January 16, 2013 - 8:54 pm

You need a girlfriend or your mom maybe?? Yes, even country bumpkins can appreciate the city :). NYC with little kids would be crazy. The whole time I was there I kept thinking, “Could I ever live here with small children??” In some ways life seems more complicated, but in some ways it seems more simple. Our friends don’t have a car, so they take the subway or walk places. So nice not to have to strap kids in and spend so much time in the car. I so so hope to be able to go back in the near future.

Laurie - January 22, 2013 - 6:09 am

Dearest Kara,
I cant believe I just happened upon this. I linked from your more recent “happy” post – (sooooo good to read, thank you!) and scrolled down a bit. :):):) It put me into a happy place this morning again. June is on my lap, Marcelo making squeaking noises from the living room and the boys already off to school. Fun pictures! We had so much fun that week. It was a great time for all in our house. The boys were telling some friends about Sofia last week, and your names are so comfortable in our house and come up all the time. I so hope we get to see you again soon. We love you and all the Becerras. Please let your family (Olson/Becerra) know they are welcome to stay here anytime if they are in town.
Huge hugs to all,
Love Laurie

Laurie - January 22, 2013 - 6:13 am

Oh, and by the way. I have a must do for your next trip. I went to a Korean spa for the day really close by in New Jersey (we walked home across the bridge). Ummm…..oh my goodness…wow. Its not luxurious pampering, necessarily, but an intense cultural experience that promotes self-care and positive and healthy body images.

just thinking ahead! xolaurie

kara - January 22, 2013 - 9:50 pm

Oh Laurie,
I love your little kidlets. They are pretty special. Oh, and I’m sure that some Olsen/Becerras would totally take you up on that!!
As for the Korean spa, I could totally use an “intense cultural experience that promotes self-care and positive and healthy body image” :). I am going to have to hear more about that!

Michael Franti Concert

A few days ago, Michael Franti did a special family concert at the Britt Festival in southern Oregon. We had such an amazing time, and the kids were in heaven. I love Michael Franti. First of all, I’m pretty sure every booty at that concert was shaking, young and old. Even my husband, who is […]

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Sarabeth - August 25, 2012 - 12:00 am

Never heard of him. I shall look him up :)

kara - August 25, 2012 - 7:09 am

Sarabeth, two songs you may recognize are “Say Hey” and “The Sound of Sunshine.” Check those ones out first… they are great dance songs.