Author: Jess

I am a Christ follower, wife to the most amazing guy, and a full time mommy which I wouldn't trade for the world. I am a lover of photography and a wannabe world traveler. Sometimes I find myself in the kitchen cooking up a new recipe. I love sharing my adventures old and new with anyone that will listen.
The Local Turkey Trot

The Local Turkey Trot

Since I started running nine years ago, if I wasn’t out of town or traveling on Thanksgiving day, I have been out at the local Thanksgiving day run burning a few calories before the big feast of the day. This is the perfect way to make sure you still get your workout in before you …

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What am I running for?

What am I running for?

The Struggle These days as I struggle to get out for all my weekly running goes, I started asking myself what am I running for? Usually I am training for something and I have set goals and training days scheduled. For me, this makes it easier for me to get out during the week. I …

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Apple Picking | Hood River Valley

Apple Picking | Hood River Valley

In October, I was craving a family day at a local apple orchard. We ended up going to Kiyokawa Family Orchards. Being near Hood River Valley, there are so many orchards to choose from. Depending on what time of year, there is almost always something for you to go do at a local farm. Let’s …

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Pumpkin Patch Fun

Pumpkin Patch Fun

At the beginning of October, we went up to Kent, WA to visit our friends that just moved there from the east coast. It is so nice to have them closer and we can’t wait for more opportunities to visit them. It was a beautiful weekend and we took the chance to head to the …

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Learning to Find Community

Learning to Find Community

I didn’t want community When I first started running, I did not like running with other people unless they were faster than me. I didn’t want to be set back because of someone slower than me. Terrible I know! Especially since I was ok with making someone faster go slower with me. This was my …

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Top 5 | November 2017

Top 5 | November 2017

I am so excited to share some of my favorite things/go to items with you all! Starting now, I am going to do a top 5 for my favorite running things either monthly or quarterly. We will see where life takes me. This will be anywhere from my favorite shorts to my favorite drinks and …

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Where are all the runners? | The Dalles

Where are all the runners? | The Dalles

Since moving the The Dalles, Oregon a little over a year ago, I have been struggling with what to do with my life. I have been trying to figure out my purpose and how to connect with people in a new town. We weren’t originally planning on being in The Dalles since my husband works …

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To Go or Not to Go

To Go or Not to Go

Morning Runs Do you ever have those mornings where you really want to run, but are crunched for time? Let’s face it. Most morning runs start out this way. For me, I really do love running. I have my mind set on running every week day and then to see how the weekend plays out. …

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The Best Running Buddy

The Best Running Buddy

Running Buddy I had been running for several years and had convinced my husband to run with me a few times. I even got him and my sister to run my first marathon with me. It was an exciting start to my running, but then something happened. We all slowly stopped running together. Every now …

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Birthday Boy | Elijah Turned Two

Birthday Boy | Elijah Turned Two

Elijah was the happiest little birthday boy these last two days. We celebrated with him and family a day early. Several family members came and we had a blast watching him participate. He loved everyone watching and giving him the attention during opening presents. We are beyond thankful for our little man. I hope these …

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Why I Started Running

Why I Started Running

I was just lazy I haven’t looked back on why I started running for several years now. October marks my 8th year of running. I couldn’t be more happy that I made the decision to start and make it a part of my everyday life. I had graduated from college in December and immediately switched …

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Three Other Runners

Three Other Runners

A typical yet not so typical morning The other day, I was out on my morning run trying to get it in before my little man and I were off to start our busy day outside of the house. I had gone back and forth about getting out. Mostly, I just wanted an hour or …

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