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Estes Park
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Earlier this month we joined my parents and Ryan & Ashley at a cabin near Estes Park for a weekend getaway. It was a special weekend as it was Mom & Dad's 35th anniversary ~ yahoo!! We had a great time celebrating with them. In addition to eating some wonderful meals, we also managed to do some fishing, hiking, reading, and chillaxin. What a fun way to start off the summer!

Congrats to Mom & Dad as well as JD's parents, David & Connie, who also recently celebrated their 35th! Way to go guys!

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Celebrating JD
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With Father's Day and JD's birthday falling within a few days of each other this year, we've had a great time celebrating JD this week. He's a fantastic father and wonderful husband. The kids and I are so extremely blessed to have him!!

Happy birthday Jimmy D! As Addie would say, we "love you to the moon and back" and thank God for you daily!

Taken during our getaway to a cabin near Estes Park earlier this month

JD & the kidlets on Father's Day morning; these two think the world of their dad!

Good Morning
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O satisfy us in the morning with Your lovingkindness, That we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.

~ Psalm 90:14

Sarah is a High School Grad!
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We've never known anyone quite like Sarah! She is so easy going and wonderful to be around. She has a genuine servant's heart and is ALWAYS a huge help to EVERYONE! Instead of getting moody, she gets silly and funny. Instead of worrying about herself, she thinks of others. Did I mention Sarah has the magic touch with kiddos? Many times over the past few years, Addie has said, "I want to be like Sarah when I grow up!" Most importantly though, she's a godly young woman that loves the Lord with all her heart.

This month Sarah became the fourth one of the Kary cousins to graduate from high school. Now that we are back in the States, we were sad to have to miss out on her big day. She's one of my best friends and I miss her dearly!!

Here are a few Senior photos that JD shot for Sarah last summer. Doesn't she look beautiful?!

Congrats Sarah! JD & I are so proud of you!

Is Granola Boring?
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Mom & I recently whipped up a few batches of homemade granola. It was my mom's idea. I must confess, I was surprised at how addictive it was. On my list of good eats for breakfast, granola would have been near the end...perhaps right before a bland piece of toast or a blah bowl of plain Cheerios. I tend to gravitate more towards breakfast breads and muffins. My toast is always paired with homemade jam, and bowls of oatmeal are generously sweetened with brown sugar and cinnamon. Come to think of it, the only granola I've ever enjoyed before now would have been dipped in milk chocolate!

So despite my preconceived notions & major sweet tooth, I now declare that NOT ALL GRANOLA IS BORING! This particular mix has just enough sweetness thanks to the coconut and maple syrup. It makes a great snack too; my whole family is hooked!


Adapted from a recipe from Real Simple


  • 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick cooking)
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1/4 cup salted sunflower kernels or mixture of nuts (I used a mixture of sunflower kernels, pine nuts & soy nuts. Pepitas would be good too.)
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup dried fruit (such as cherries, cranberries, or raisins)


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the oats, almonds, coconut, and sunflower seeds with the maple syrup, oil, and salt.
  2. Bake, tossing once, until golden and crisp, 25 to 30 minutes.
  3. Add the dried fruit and toss to combine. Let cool.
  4. Store in an airtight container. It should keep for several weeks or so.
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Last month John Krajec was in Colorado for a family event so he dropped by for a visit one evening. The kids had a great time crawling all over him and showing him their rooms. They even convinced John to brush their teeth & help put them to bed!

Once the munchkins were down we had a chance to catch up with John. The three of us had fun recalling our time working together in Canada (with GoodSeed) and had some good laughs about funny things that happened on our trip to Moldova back in 2005. Good times!

about us

The McCulleys
Married in 2000, we are proud parents of Addison, Ayden & Emryn. Originally from Texas, we moved to Canada for five years of mission service and have now made Denver our home.

When JD isn't hanging out with his awesome family, he keeps busy with nerdy web stuff and photography. Les feels privileged to be a stay at home mom ~ a very rewarding & entertaining way to spend each day!

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