2016 Year End Roundup

California SunsetI am so late to the year-end-edit party, but I am doing it anyway because at the end of the day I blog for me, as selfish as that may sound. I blog so I can pull up memories at any given moment and share them with friends or relive them with family. I blog so I can reflect on my days and remember to live one day at a time. I blog as a way to document time because it just seems to keep slipping away no matter how fast I run to catch up with it.  I blog to release the thoughts whirling around in my mind before I forget them. Here I share with you this gift to myself, a roundup of the events of the last year that marked my journey of discovering grace.


{In January I cut my hair for the first time ever, with Blindspot’s Jaimie Alexander for my inspiration}

Broncos Superbowl

{We hosted a Superbowl party for the youth in our church.  Jeff painted his face in support of the Broncos}

Danny disneyland

{We took an overnight trip to Disneyland & California Adventure with Uncle Dan}

Cherry Blossoms

{The cherry blossoms outside my office in Beverly Hills brightened my days}

Luke 8th Bday

{Luke turned 9 and had an epic Pokemon party}


{Luke and his cousins hosted a lemonade stand in our front yard}

Bella Quince

{Jeff officiated our God-Daughter Bella’s Quinceanera}


{We organized an opportunity for kids to stuff bags full of donations to a local women & children’s home as part of Take Your Child To Work Day at AOL}

Teresa Graduation

{My sister Teresa graduated from College. We were there to witness it in NY}

Mom and Luke Central park

{My Mom rowed boats with us in Central Park}


{Jeff and Luke enjoyed NYC’s Serendipity 3’s famous Frozen Hot Chocolate}


{We went to the Foursquare Leaders Convention in Honolulu, HI}

Luke Surfing Wakiki

{Luke surfed Waikiki}

Lisa & luke Beach

{Luke and me had fun on the beach in Hawaii}

Hawaii Water Toys

{We incorporated water toys into family bonding time in Hawaii}

Luke Marty Wilson BB Camp

{Luke went to basketball camp at my alma mater, Pepperdine University}

Gracie's Cancer Free carnival

{We went to Gracie’s cancer free carnival & celebrated with old friends}

Luke Grandpa golf

{Grandpa taught Luke to golf on the 4th of July in 100° heat in Palm Springs}

Palm Springs Water slide

{We conquered a huge water slide at Wet N Wild Palm Springs}

Luke and Lisa Palm Springs

{Luke and I had a moment at the Westin Desert Willow}

PG Before










{We remodeled the children’s classroom at Church. Before and After}


{We put in a pallet wall in the Youth room at our Church}

Luke Skateboarding

{Luke took up skateboarding}

Sally pool

{My best friend came to visit us and brought her kids}


{We hosted a free carnival for the our community}

I love you God

{We told the neighbors God Loves them}

Alex's Lemonade Stand

{we raised money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand to end childhood cancer, in honor of Gracie who conquered Leukemia}


{We experimented with a pet for the first time.. getting a hedgehog}


{I saw Aerosmith in Concert with clients at Kaaboo in San Diego}


{Jeff and I went to Pismo for the Fall Leaders Conference}

Charlotte Trees

{I caught some fall foliage in South Carolina}

Mom visit

{A business trip to Charlotte, NC allowed the chance to visit my Mom}


{Jeff and I celebrated the anniversary of our first date at the Four Seasons in Santa Barbara, CA}

Thanksgiving Hope of the Valley

{We volunteered to feed the homeless with Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission for Thanksgiving}

Palm Springs Tram

{We accomplished the Palm Springs Tram Challenge with Grandpa}

NY Lights Lord & Taylor

{I got to witness the Christmas Lights in New York City}

Foster Home Christmas

{We hosted a Christmas Eve gift giving event for teenage boys from three local Foster Group Homes}


{We had an epic Christmas}


{We went to see WWE Live at Staples Center}