Revolution of Love

Revolution of Love

Do small things with great love.

Online Daybook (6/23/14): Lake Tahoe Edition


Moments of Gratitude…

Today I am especially thankful…

From the drive on Hwy 50 just before you reach Lake Tahoe.

  • That we are on vacation for a whole week at Lake Tahoe.
  • That Brian was able to make the trip. (He was still feeling ill from his chemo last Monday and we weren’t sure if we could make the trip.)
  • That Brian is feeling better each day.
  • That my parents could join us on the trip.
  • The beauty of God’s creation.
  • Family time, despite the boys noisy energy when you just want some quiet. šŸ™‚


Beauty in the Ordinary…

This little guy.


In the Kitchen…

Luckily, Brian’s parents have a time-share they let us use and the hotel room is like a fancy apartment (with a separate guest room for my parents) and a kitchen so we can make our meals. Woohoo!

Sunday – Eat out since we arrived at our hotel late and there was no time to cook.

MondayPaleo taco salad. My mom cooked this yummy dish and I made a quick 5 minute salsa to go with it.

Tuesday – Beach day! Hotdogs over a camp fire and smores for dessert.

Wednesday – Spaghetti with ground turkey marina and salad.

Thursday – Breakfast dinner

Friday – Tuna Melts and minestrone soup

Saturday – Road trip home so not sure yet.



  • For Brian’s chemo and continued recovery from cancer.
  • For all those who are fighting cancer and other illnesses.
  • For family and friends who are pregnant especially my sis who is past her due date.
  • For those who are suffering physically, mentally and spiritually.
  • For some special intentions.


On the homefront……

On Monday (6/16) Brian started Round 5 of chemo. (His second to the last round!)

The next day Brian celebrated his birthday with his dad whose birthday was a couple days before.

On Thursday a sweet friend brought us a meal and beautiful flowers for the table because she knows things are always a bit tougher on chemo weeks. Love her.

The rest of the week I packed clothes, supplies and food for the trip.

On Sunday we were scheduled for our road trip but Brian was feeling too ill to go. He wanted us to go as planned and then he’d join us later in the week if he felt better. I told the kids and they were so sad (and some in tears) that dad would not join us. Thankfully, at the last minute (literally!) Brian decided he wanted to try and make the trip. Today (Monday night) he is feeling better and was able to join us on the outings we had planned. He also had time where he just slept and recuperated so that’s good. He is dealing with all this like a trooper and I am so, so thankful that he is here with us and enjoying this time with us.



The need to rest and regroup in order to properly function and handle the crosses (big and small) of life.



I haven’t had a chance to read lately so while I am on this vacation I really want to finish Jen’s book’s Something Other Than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found It. She is such a great writer… the way she can describe a scene or abstract thought until you can picture it in your mind’s eye always amazes me.


Listening to…

Silence. Everyone is sleeping and nothing else can be heard besides the clicking of the keyboard. Well, that and the noisy air conditioner. My dad walked into our room and said, “Wow, it feels like Carmel in here.” (Cold.)



In the theater – Last week Bella and I went to see Maleficent. Like most movies, there were some that loved it and some that hated it. Personally, I thought it was well done and found the story of healing and redemption to be uplifting.

At home – Did you catch The Escape Artist on Masterpiece Mystery? I saw part 1 last week and I was on the edge of my seat. I missed part 2 on Sunday with the trip but we DVRed it so no spoilers!


On the blog…

Tomorrow is the next Pinterest Party and there was a recipe I was supposed to have ready but i never got a chance so it’ll be a quickie archive post instead.


In the blogosphere…

I am just now catching up on my reading so I am still behind but I did catch these worthwhile reads so far…



I haven’t pinned much lately (as witnessed here – but I did pin this one. Yummy!

Best Whole Chicken Recipe – Erring on the Side of Love


Plans for the Week…

Tomorrow we have some water fun at Pope Beach (photo from last year’s trip.) Later in the week we have some nature hikes, mini golf and if Brian is up for it, a date night while my parent’s babysit. Yay!



I didn’t have my real camera with me so this is a phone shot but this was taken at our favorite nature trail to take the kids.


Linking-Up with…

Jenny at The Littlest Way

A Mama Collective’s Currently

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  • Jessica says:

    Wow, your Tahoe trip looks amazing! I’ve never been to Tahoe but it’s on my bucket list! I’m glad your husband was able to join you on the trip…I will add him and your family to my prayers today!

  • So glad to see that Brian was able to join you on your trip! I love all of your pictures… even the ones with “just” the phone camera (mine are all done with phone cameras, so I have phone camera love!)

  • eysaint says:

    I am glad that Brian was able to make the trip. Prayers continue for him and your family. Hope you have a great vacation!
    Thanks for sharing my post. šŸ™‚

  • Becky B says:

    I am glad that Brian was able to join you. I can’t even imagine. Prayers for your husband & your family.

    Beautiful photos from your vacation!!! What great memories you will have.

    Stopping by from the link up! I am Becky with Choose Happy šŸ™‚

  • Nicki says:

    I am so glad that your family got some R and R in a beautiful place! It sounds like you have been dealing with a lot. I hope your husband continues to have strength through his chemo, and that he conquers the cancer. Sending prayers!

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