About Me


I’m Kelly. I’m also a storyteller and love to learn and share my experiences with others. Living in the Pacific Northwest, a transplant from the Midwest USA, we love to spend our time learning through living: this is interest-led learning. My blog is where I document our experiences, our travel, my writing, our family images, our canine family members, my children, our unschooliness, and much more.


I restarted this blog because of my cancer diagnosis and treatment in 2015. I was diagnosed just prior to the end of 2014 and treatment involved two surgeries to eradicate the cancer cells from my body. I am fortunate, but will not be considered cancer-free until February 2020. Though I occasionally still write about it, I’ve found there is so much more I want to say about life.

Consistent themes in my work include:

  • Grace and Space because life is too short, the world is too big, we need to try to be more kind, generous, and give the love to the world we so richly deserve!
  • Margin to just be or to accomplish your goals, exercise, playing games, or be available to your family.
  • Family First! because my family is my rock and these guys are pretty amazing ❀
  • Planning is an extension to both my writing and my journaling. How I want to live, I write my vision and make decisions which move me closer to that goal. While I’veΒ  used different planners, like travelers journals, bullet journals, and Happy Planners, it’s the writing which helps me craft my plan. As my paper planning calendar, my boys and I now exclusively use Passion Planners.


Grab a cup of coffee, tea, or wine and enjoy a glimpse of our lives learning, loving, and living. I’m active on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and various blogs writing, interacting, and living life to the fullest – and trying to curtail my use of emojis πŸ™‚ While I super appreciate being nominated for blog awards, I have to decline — but thank you for the love!

❀ I’m happy to have you here ❀

Thanks for stopping by — it’s great to hear from you, so feel free to leave me comments — I read and respond to every one πŸ™‚

Cancer Survivor

Do You do Pinterest? I also have collections here for inspiration.

More Questions? Sure!


32 thoughts on “About Me

  1. I awarded you the Liebster Award, which is a cool little thing for newer bloggers with less than 200 followers, so we can all get to know each other and get out there in the blogging community! I would love if you would join in, You can see my post and the information at https://mommylanesadventures.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/discover-new-blogs-liebster-award/. I hope you will join in! I love getting to learn more about my fellow bloggers!

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  2. Good day! I’ve enjoyed poking around your blog. Under your picture on this page, there’s a link that says Cancer Survivor. When I click the link it opens to a new word press, blank page (I think that’s what it is.)

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  3. Always glad to meet another Midwesterner–even transplanted to a new locale. The Pacific Northwest is an area I am looking forward to visiting someday soon. Is it really as green and lush as it seems in photos? I’m look forward to reading more of your site!

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    1. The Pacific Northwest is beautifully green year-round! The first time we flew out here, we were struck by the grey/brown slushy mess we left behind in the midwest compared with the dense forests of evergreens here. Thank you for your kind comments and hope you enjoy reading along πŸ™‚


      1. We do love it out here. I was never a fan of the snow anyway, so not getting snow here {rarely in the winter, usually not at all} is fantastic. You can drive to the mountains for snow or to the ocean for beach {although it’s completely different than the east coast}. It does drizzle for about 9 months, seemingly constantly, but we get less rainfall on average than NYC, it’s just the perfect microclimate. But take heart, spring is just around the corner for you!


    1. Thank you for your kind words! I apologize I’m not able to contribute, but do so appreciate your nomination. It’s so kind of you to hold me in such high regard – a real honor for another writer in my circle to single me out — I am so grateful and thank you sincerely!


  4. YAY, for being a cancer survivor!! And yay, for the Pac NW–I’ve lived other places, but nothing beats “God’s Country”. I’m just north of Seattle–today we had all kinds of “weather”, including thunder crash, and “WET”–Love it!!! Wishing you well.

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    1. We love living here — and thank you so much for your kind words! I had blood drawn today for my quarterly monitoring. God willing, I’ll still have NED (No Evidence of Disease). Love that you stopped by and checked out some of my posts – thanks πŸ™‚


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