Here I am, sitting at the most darling coffee shop, The Daily Grind, in Pullman, Washington, on a cool and breezy Fall day. They have a bunch of little antique tables for people to sit at, and each table has it’s own little vintage desk lamp…the perfect way to add a bit of warmth and coziness to the amount of work people have to accomplish while they are here. Finley is tucked in at my feet, watching me tap tap tap the keyboard, but never missing an opportunity to give passersby his puppy dog eyes, in hopes that they will drop a piece of their coffee cake on the ground for him.

Finn and I got to Pullman yesterday, a little escape from the city to visit my baby sister since I am on quarter break from school, and to do a bit of an early birthday celebration for her! She is turning 29, and she has been just the best little sister a girl could ask for. Look how absolutely THRILLED we were when she came into our little world. I don’t think I could possible be smiling any bigger. Just waiting for our Alex to arrive 4 years later!

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From the moment she was born, she has been such a light in our lives, that little Elena bug. From Rodeo queen, to dalmatian rock collector, (don’t ask), to soon-to-be vet student, our thoughtful do-gooder has been such a blessing to our family. She has inspired me in so many ways, and continues to surprise me every step of the way on this life journey. So, on this trip, we celebrate her, and all the wonderfulness that she is!

I love coming to Pullman. It’s a 5 hour drive from Seattle, and it feels like a world away from everything I know. The drive is half of the enjoyment. Straight up I-90, through all of the wonderful towns right outside Seattle, and then straight into wheat-ville. Thousands of acres of sprawling wheat fi