Mental Health Awareness Month | Suicide Prevention

Suicide prevention/awareness month isn't technically until October. But I wanted to address it this month because it so often is the result of untreated mental health issues. Having suicidal thoughts doesn't make someone weak or flawed. It can be a result of many factors. According to NAMI: According to the CDC, each year more than [...]

Mental Health Awareness Month | Cure Stigma

Today, I'm going to talk about the stigma surrounding mental health. Having been close to ministry and in a ministry dense life, I can tell you there is a lot of stigma surrounding mental health and the church. We need to do better. From NAMI: Stigma is when someone, or even you yourself, views a person [...]

National Park Series | Pinnacles National Park | California

We found Pinnacles NP almost by accident, we were wanting to explore a new place while family was visiting. We were thrilled to find this little hidden treasure just off the California coast.  We did a the Old Pinnacles Trail, to the Balconies Cave Trail then the Balconies cliff trail before meeting back up with [...]

National Park Series | Denali National Park | Alaska

In 2006, we went on an epic family vacation to Denali National Park in Central Alaska. It was one of the best National Park visits I have.  There is so much to know about Denali, it's a 6 million acre park and preserve with one road, one entrance,  and more exciting views than you'd ever [...]

National Park Series | Lava Beds National Monument | California

I picked to include this park just after we visited which was a good idea at the time of scheduling this post but led to a very long post...so enjoy! Lava Beds NM is in North Eastern California, it's secluded and serene. It's been a National Monument since 1925, it's one of the earliest and [...]