A New Perspective

Last Saturday, my husband and I went to the funeral of our friend and high school classmate. I'd known the guy since the 6th grade. He and my husband became friends in 12th grade when my husband transferred to our high school. I remembered him as unassuming and a little goofy. He was often on the sidelines, but thinking back to high school, he was a friend to everyone. He was genuinely a nice guy.

A funny story about our friend: he inadvertently invited himself to Dan and my first date in college. We had already been interrupted three other times by other people (who were harassing Dan about taking a girl out), and just when Dan and I started to talk about "us," our friend saw us from across the restaurant and headed our way with a Monster in hand. He pulled up a chair to our two-seater and started talking with us. We thought he was going to leave, but he had ordered a cup of coffee and a mint chocolate chip bowl of ice cream. I remember he kept telling us that he really had to go to the library before it closed to do his paper, but then it didn't matter because he was going to be staying up late anyways. He finally figured out that he crashed our date and left. Whether or not he went to the library, I don't know.

In the last couple of years, our paths crossed a few times as we would stop by the store he worked at. We always tried to make it a point to say hi and talk to him. Actually, a few months ago, he helped us load our deep freezer into our SUV. I think that was the last time I saw and talked to him. He was still the same carefree, easygoing guy I knew in high school.

Walking into that funeral home was the hardest thing to do. I had been so shocked to hear he had passed, but when I saw the casket, I couldn't look at it. I couldn't look at the slideshow of pictures. It was just too much for me. As I spoke to his parents, my heart broke for them. I know our friend is in heaven, and I know that he will no longer suffer, but it still wasn't easy. How could someone I know from childhood, especially someone so young, pass away? I think that's what has gotten to me most. You never think that it could happen to someone you know, especially when we are all still in our twenties.

Our pastor actually spoke on this message the day before our friend died. I had missed the service due to a migraine, but the pastor said that when we've completed our purpose here on earth, that's when God calls us home. Our friend's purpose was fulfilled here on earth. He made people laugh and was a friend to all. And right now, because of his untimely passing, I can say that I now have a new perspective on life.

We aren't promised tomorrow. I've always been an impatient planner. I want the latest and greatest. The next event. The next milestone. The next, next, next. I've been so consumed with the next steps. But, through the events of last week, God has shown me to slow down. To enjoy the moments I have with my husband and daughter. To cherish the time I have with my parents. To take advantage of the friendships I have and to let my friends know I appreciate them. To put down the phone and talk to people and make those true heartfelt connections. To be kind to strangers. To forgive and release. To live life intentionally. To live for Him today. To love Him more today.

Life is too short to live with regret.

Make the most of today and live. 

My high school class on our Senior Trip to Washington DC

My high school class on our Senior Trip to Washington DC

Thoughts on December Caravan

*I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

One afternoon, as I was scrolling through Facebook I saw that Rebecca over at Caravan Sonnet was writing a book called December Caravan which is "collection of short stories on finding hope in an ever-present God." I had never heard of Rebecca or her blog, and at first, I was more intrigued at the fact that she was publishing a book. I scoped out her blog to see if she had any tips for getting books published. (Not that I'm writing or publishing a book anytime soon). Instead, I stumbled upon Rebecca's life story and testimony. After reading post after post, I just had to know more. I signed up to preview December Caravan as I had become very intrigued.


Without giving anything away, December Caravan starts off with a bomb drop. As I continued to read, my emotions were up and down. Rebecca chronicled a time in her life in which she experienced many trials including loss and illnesses. She was honest and open with her struggles. She was real. She was relatable. She was raw.

It wasn't too long before brokenness would show itself in more personal and devastating ways.

Wow. What a statement! However, it doesn't stop there! Through each situation, Rebecca showed how she worked through and overcame each trial and unfair situation that came her way. She shares a few Bible verses and applications that were very encouraging without being preachy. Rebecca shows God's power, sovereignty, forgiveness, and grace. She showed that when trials and situations out of one's control come, it's how we respond and react to those situations that matter. I was reminded once again that God is in control and that sometimes He uses situations to bring us closer to Him.

My father has shown me the truth of what prosperity is. It is in loving the Lord, well, no matter where we are at and following His calling.

December Caravan was easy to read as it was written in a very conversational tone and style. I greatly appreciated her rawness and reality as many inspirational books can be somewhat "fluffy" and wraps everything up nice and neat with a bow. I was greatly encouraged and inspired and I know anyone who reads this book will feel the same, regardless of what his or her situation.

Speaking of reading December Caravan, you can find it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble Online. You can also find Rebecca at Caravan Sonnet and on Facebook.

The Makings of a Mommy: Months 7-10

Today starts month 11. I will have a one-year-old next month. Where did the year go!?!

It seems as though in the last four months we started hitting milestone after milestone after milestone. One moment, Elli was sitting, the next moment she was pulling up on things and started cruising. Whoa, little girl, slow down! Other milestones include:

1) Teething is crazy! Elli's bottom two teeth popped out and then her top two and now a couple more are starting to work its way down. Surprisingly, Elli hasn't been drooling like crazy. She doesn't like biting on her toys....but she does like my hand. #OUCH. Any mama's have recommendations for good teethers?

2) Elli has eaten real food like chicken and sweet potato. Girlfriend is a foodie! I'm praying she stays open to different foods! And she has started to share her crackers with us. It's so cute! She will take a bite, then offer it up to either Dan or me and looks at us like "take a bite!" She won't eat it until we take a bite ourselves.

3) Dada, Mama, and Baba were her first three words...yes, in that order. She can also say "tickle tickle." (squeee!) I swear she has also said "Dats good." She's babbling up a storm! Her little voice is just adorable. I've been trying to video her babbling because I want to always remember it.

I swear that's me every time Elli babbles. I hear you, Rachel Green.

4) Elli's little personality is starting to really come out! She is definitely a mama's girl, and she is not a fan of being around strangers. A few weeks ago at church, a lovely older couple that we've known for a couple of years, came up to me and Elli to coo over her. Elli put her brave face on, but then the lip started to tremble. Then I felt her grip onto my dress tighter. Then, she started to cry. Elli clung onto me and cried. My mom tried to hold her, but she wasn't having any of it. I do think she was really tired from church. While she doesn't like being around unfamiliar people, she is very observant of her surroundings. She'll spot another child or baby and start smiling and laughing. In the restaurant, she'll watch the waiters buzz around the restaurant. It's just so cute! It makes me wonder how she'll be as a school-aged child.

5) Baby girls started WALKING at nine and a half months! Yes. That's right!! She is totally mobile! And she's a climber too. She'll stick her toes in the holes of her play pen and pull herself up. It's crazy! She is keeping us on our toes....literally! I love watching her walk... while she's starting to walk more steadily, she still waddles like a penguin.

6) Elli hates fish tanks. We were at a restaurant and towards the end of our meal, Elli started getting fussy, so Dan carried her to the front of the restaurant to entertain her. Most kids like fish tanks, right? They're supposed to be soothing. Calming. Ya know. But guess what, not our kid! As soon as she saw this giant ol' fish swim up to the glass, she screamed. Like a 'I'm terrified this fish is going to eat me' kind of scream. So embarrassingly funny!

I still can't believe that I will have a one year old in one month. Here's to the last month of year number one!


Kaycee Confessional vol. 2: #Hearties

Remember how I wrote about my love for Anne of Green Gables and how obsessed I was as a teenager?

Well, I may have been cheating on Anne and Gilbert. #saywhat

How many of you have seen the Hallmark TV show When Calls the Heart? Seriously, if you haven't and you like period pieces like Anne of Green Gables, Road to Avonlea, Little House on the Prairie, etc., stop what you're doing right now. Turn on Netflix. Binge-watch season 1 and 2 and pray Netflix uploads season 3 soon. Or if you have cable, pray for re-runs on Hallmark.


When Calls the Heart is about a young new teacher Elizabeth Thatcher who goes West to the Canadian Prairie to teach at a one-room school house. When she arrives, she's shocked by a tragedy that had just struck the town and is also intrigued by an "annoying, yet very handsome" Mountie named Jack Thornton. This series is loosely based off of the original When Calls the Heart series by Janette Oke. It is a wonderful show that people can watch with their families. There are a lot of universal themes throughout the series that people can resonate with today.

I have to admit, when my friend suggested When Calls the Heart to me, I was hesitant to watch it because I was so disappointed by the Love Comes Softly series (coughLovesUnendingLegacycough). However, one Saturday while Dan was working, and E was being good, I decided to watch an episode for the heck of it. I laughed. I cried. I was hooked. By the time Dan came home, almost ten hours later, I had finished the entire first season. The following day, I was sick, so I binge watched Season 2. And since we don't get the Hallmark channel, and since I had a gift card, I bought Season 3 on Amazon Prime. Because Season 3 premiered the same time I bought the season, I had to wait til Monday to watch each episode. Thankfully, I had a little baby who would wake me up at the crack of dawn and while I fed her, I watched the new episodes before work. I call that #winning! 

The main cast consists of Erin Krakow (Elizabeth Thatcher), Daniel Lissing (Jack Thornton), Lori Loughlin (Abigail Stanton), and Jack Wagner (Bill Avery). I've always loved Lori Loughlin because of Full House. Seeing her in such a different role was a bit strange for me since I was so used to seeing her as 20-something-year old Aunt Becky. However, she is an amazing actress and embraces the role of Abigail so well.

I had never heard of Erin Krakow or Daniel Lissing before. But, MAN. Those two! I can't remember a time where I've seen a show where the characters had such amazing on-screen chemistry! And they are wonderful actors as well. Erin does a wonderful job of catching the emotions of her character. And as a person, she seems like such a sweetheart! #letsbeBFFs

And let's talk about Daniel. First off, he's Australian. Like, what the heck?! I thought he was Canadian or American because he has NO accent on the show! After watching Season One, I watched a Home and Family interview with Daniel and Erin and when he started talking, I was shocked! Major kudos to Daniel. That takes a lot of skill and talent to act in a different accent than your natural one.

And before I go spoiling the show for people who haven't seen it, that's all I'm going to say. You'll just have to go watch it. Right now. On Netflix. That, and Season Three was the absolute BEST season yet. And I am SO excited for Season 4! (Can you tell how much I love this show?)

So, any #hearties out there? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Half Year!

Half of the year is gone! Wait, what? It seems like just yesterday, we tumbled into 2016 with no idea what the future was going to hold. We had been in a crazy transition of sorts...new jobs, new baby, and we were trying to find the new normal. It's been a lot of trial and error these last six months, and it wasn't always easy. But, I'd say, it's been a pretty dang good year so far.


  • We both started new jobs! While I loved the people I worked with, I did not love the politics of my former job. (Every place has politics, I understand that). But, my new job is like a breath of fresh air. 
  • My little brother got married a month ago! E was the flower girls...and a pretty cute one at that! I'm still a little sad she didn't have a bow on her head because she has learned how to rip her headbands off.
  • E has grown so much! From rolling, to sitting up, to scooting, to crawling, to cruising... *insert big gasp* My baby is getting so big! And she is a MOMMA's girl! She may have said "Da-da" first, but Ma-ma has her heart. ;)

Things to look forward to:

  • We are going to Disney this fall! I am so excited to ride all the rides this time! If you recall, last year, I was pregnant and had to skip out on some of the fun ones.
  • I am so dang excited about the holiday season this year. I can't wait to start planning new traditions to start with E.
  • E is turning ONE. #someoneholdme And, I've totally had a secret Pinterest board created for this since...a while ago... My dad told me that 1st birthdays are big in the Filipino/Chinese culture, so we'll be having a big family birthday party for her.

A few pictures:

PHOTO CREDS: Emerald Life Blog

PHOTO CREDS: Emerald Life Blog





Photo creds: Rebekah Slaughter

Photo creds: Rebekah Slaughter

Happy Half Year! What are things you've done or accomplished this year and what are you looking forward to?