Kansas City has now been our home for a little over a year now and my how much has happened over that one-plus-a-couple-months- time span. Lots of really normal things that people our age are doing these days like getting a dog and buying a house and subsequently learning the joys of lawn care and do-it-your-selfing. I for one have fallen in love with Kansas City, and I think it is the perfect place for us in this season of life. After a craaazy busy summer full of trips and weddings, and sporting events and so on, things have settled down and we get to spend more time actually enjoying our new home. On the weekends I wake up and with my early-morning-riser-energy in high gear, and want to skip around the kitchen singing about all the windows and morning light that floods the entire home and instantly puts you in a good mood. Mochi is a morning person...er.. puppy... as well as he eats breakfast with me and proceeds to run around the living room squeaking his favorite toy or taunting me to come chase him. Life is good right now in all our normalcy. Sometimes I think I am afraid of the word "normal"- never wanting to settle in to a daily routine that prevents me from doing more, trying more, being more. But normal feels good in this moment, and I am thankful for all these slow moving, very normal days as we move into fall.