Life & Family

A Family Tradition

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My husband’s father turned 21 while living in California. That’s always the excuse that my husband gives for how his Dad became a wine collector and why he knows so much about wine. He quickly follows up with the fact that his first job out of grad school was in Germany, so he had a lot of opportunity for getting to know small producers – and for importing for his friends.

I love wine tasting with my father-in-law and we’ve been fortunate enough to do quite a bit of it. Since we live in San Francisco, it is pretty easy to take a quick trip to the Wine Country when they visit. His knowledge is vast and he has a pretty large cellar himself. (So large, in fact, that my husband swore he would never help him to move it again after a particularly exhausting weekend doing so!)

One of my favorite traditions that my husband’s parents started was a wine collection for each of their children. Over the years, they collected wine from the birth year of their two children and when they turned twenty-one, they gifted the wine to them. How fun is that?! Each of them has a pretty large selection of various wines and ports from the year they were born. I’ve been fortunate to enjoy a few of those bottles myself and some of them are incredible! Hubs and I love to drink one of the bottles from his collection on his birthday each year. It’s our own little special treat.

Since we have both enjoyed this special tradition, we have decided to continue it for our own children. Of course, you have to pick a varietal that will age well and in some cases, you’re just making an educated guess on what will be good, especially if you purchase futures in hopes of a good deal. So far, it’s been really fun to do, though, and I love thinking about how my boys will enjoy these wines for years to come.

What do you think of this fun tradition? Is it something you would do with your kids? What’s your favorite family tradition that spans the generations – or one you’re hoping to cultivate with your own children?

A Daisy Love Update

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Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of you who supported our fundraiser for Daisy Love Merrick.  Your outpouring of love and generosity buying the necklace that I designed with little Daisy’s help was beyond anything that we imagined when we first hoped to help this sweet girl.  Thank you for helping us be a part of ministering to Daisy in this difficult time.  There is a “thank you” drawing from Daisy at the bottom of this post.

The funds we raised last Fall went toward’s Daisy’s treatment.  By God’s grace, the family quickly surpassed their fundraising goal of $500,000 and went to Israel to pursue alternative treatments there. In November, the Merricks came back to California.   (more…)

Pray for Daisy

Daisy is one inspirational little girl.  At only eight years old, this little beauty is battling cancer, but her joyful heart and sunny disposition are unwavering.  After 6 surgeries, 22 rounds of chemotherapy and 2 courses of radiation, Daisy Love Merrick is facing cancer for the third time. She and her family are trusting in Jesus. But they are also in a battle for Daisy Love’s life. Next steps include chemotherapy and possibly a stem cell transplant with progressive treatments in America and Israel. The estimated cost not covered by insurance will total close to half a million dollars, and because of this, a trust fund has been set up to help raise money for her treatment.  We want to help. (more…)

Wine Country for Kids – Yountville

So, you’re headed to the wine country, but you’re packing some rather active baggage (read: your children) Never fear, the wine country is very kid-friendly!  We go all the time since we are blessed to live just an hour away from this incredible area and take our kiddos almost every time we go.  (Hey, you gotta teach them to appreciate wine at an early age, right?!)  (more…)

Bouchon Bakery

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One of the fabulous things about living in San Francisco (and there are many!) is that we are so close to the wine country.  Sonoma is a quick 45-minute drive and Napa is just an hour away, making it really easy to drive up for the day.  The landscape is beautiful, the shops adorable and the weather is usually warm and sunny, which is a nice break from the city fog in the Summer!  There are more wineries than you can possible visit and more great food than is reasonable for anyone to eat and when you visit the wine country, even for a day, you feel like you’re on vacation – a million miles away from the city.  It makes for a wonderful day trip or weekend getaway if you life in SF and a fabulous vacation destination if you don’t!  (more…)

Carousel!

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Today, we went to a super fun birthday party in Golden Gate Park. Despite living in the city for three years now, we have not visited this park nearly enough.  There is just so much to see and do there – and it was a perfect spot for a first birthday party.  After the adorable birthday party, we wandered over to the Koret Children’s Quarter playground in the park, which (according to the sign there) was the first public children’s playground in the US, established in 1887.  It’s a fun (and very large) playground with lots to do.  (more…)