By on October 5, 2016

This week Beau and I celebrated our one year anniversary in Friday Harbor. It was a truly happy weekend full of laughs, exploring, resting and football.

Beau posted this on Saturday and it still brings tears to my eyes when I read it.


I was feeling so loved and so in love this weekend. Beau is such a special person to me and I don’t want to ever imagine a life without him in it. He is present, honest, loving, sensitive, silly, my favorite person to dream with and has made me think a lot about life over the last year. I had never met anyone with diabetes before I met Beau, and for someone going through a tough time managing it, it can be all consuming. In case you didn’t know, diabetes sucks. Beau does not have the privilege of not thinking about his health. He doesn’t get to go a single day without constantly monitoring the sometimes unpredictable and sometimes nonsensical blood sugars. He is such a strong person and I love him so much.

Figuring out how to make every day feel like it wasn’t taken for granted has been top of mind lately. To feel more alive on a daily basis is no easy task when it is easy to fall into the routine of dragging yourself out of bed in the morning to go to work, going through the motions and coming home exhausted, and occasionally cranky. We are all fighting some sort of battle every day, some bigger and more painful than others, but how can we consistently make every day feel like the blessing that it is? It definitely isn’t easy but I am determined to keep working at it.

This weekend was one of those times that it felt easy to be present and feel especially grateful for life. I felt peaceful, rested and content. Love is rad. I can’t wait to grow, learn and dream for years to come with Mr. Beau.




Professional lover of stories, the harmonica, goats and burritos. Constantly daydreaming about living in the country, ice cream and decorating. Inspired by beautiful writing, the PNW, Beyonce and kindness. I'm guaranteed to have hearts in my eyes when the lighting is just right and am totally in love with my beau named Beau, who I found in the middle of fall, my favorite season. I sleep in my makeup, grew up on grunge music, embrace imperfection and am pretty excited about the gift of waking up every morning with choice to kick butt and love every minute of this wild ride.


Welcome to Backpacks & Knick Knacks

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Follow me here + here!