Monday, December 8, 2014

'Tis the Season

Merry Merry Christmas time - our tree is up, the lights are hung and the nativity is out for all to see. We're both fans of Christmas - we love the Spirit that roams throughout our community and the many opportunities we seize to spread Christmas Cheer!

We began our holiday season in Spromberg Canyon to find our lucky Christmas tree - we felt very accomplished, even though we discovered a few more feet needed to come off the top in order for it to fit in our place - we're amateurs, but the tree still looks great and the lights make it look even better.









The Christmas Season for the "Donaghy Duo" is a new experience. We're starting traditions, simplifying the commercialism, and trying our best to focus on the Christmas Story. Last night we viewed a Christmas devotional. One speaker reminded us that the greatest gifts of Christmas were exemplified in that beloved account.
"When we see Shepherds, may we remember to be humble, when we see Wise Men, may we remember to be generous, when we see the Star, may we remember the light of Christ, which gives life and light to all things, when we see a tiny baby, may we remember to love unconditionally..."
The sweet baby Jesus is truly the greatest gift of Christmas. Christ's life offered us all innumerable gifts of hope, love and peace that we take advantage of all throughout our days of life. We're lucky and very blessed.  

We wish you a merry Christmas and invite you to #sharethegift. It captures the true essence of Christmas beautifully. Merry Merry. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Jump, both feet in.

One year ago when John was interviewing with Confluence Health and I was finishing up my curriculum at BYU,  we had some big decisions ahead - Where do we go from here? If we are offered a position at Confluence Health, do we take it? And if we move to Wenatchee, who will hire an advertising copywriter/strategist?

An offer came, and although we couldn't solve all of our questions, we concluded with this statement, "Why not?"

Since our journey back to Wenatchee we've seen incredible miracles and doors open that we weren't expecting. It's been so rewarding. We're growing - our careers are expanding and our dreams are coming alive. Our thoughts on the matter... Just jump, both feet in!

As a result John's ascended to greater responsibilities at Confluence Health, running a great team in their Pediatrics department and solving dilemmas that waltz around the Healthcare industry.  I've received the perfect amount of work to keep me happy from clients on the West Coast, not to mention the new Pillow Company I recently began. I was once worried about the creative opportunities in a smaller valley, but my abilities and strategy background are constantly being worked and stretched.

It doesn't always matter where you're at, but how you view the place you're in, and what you're willing to do to improve and make that spot your own. We're certainly making Wenatchee our own place as the Donaghy Duo - meeting new friends, staying involved with the community, and supporting loved ones all around us.

Big decisions in life will always be there. Sometimes you'll have to pass them by, and other times you'll discover it's time to jump, both feet in.



Marifly's debut at Tumbleweed.

Some fun pillows for the holidays.
www.marifly.com

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Wenatchee kind of Autumn.

Simply put, it's beautiful here. The colors are in full swing and the morning air is brisk whenever we leave to start the day. It's a magical time. John's favorite time of the year. School is back in session - green and blue reign throughout the state, harvest is winding down. We're grateful for the place we call home, the humans that roam in our neighborhoods, and the life we're creating in Wenatchee town. So to catch up just a bit, here's the beginning of this happy season at a glance.
V launched Marifly in September - a shop for her creative goods, mainly pillows.
Check it out if you haven't at www.marifly.com
It was definitely frightening, because she had no idea which direction it would go.
And completely exciting when her work started to leave the shelf...or basket in this case.

Harvest came early.
And stayed....
For many days...

But this farmer kept smiling.
Until the last pear was picked.

We spent time with the fam bam.

Celebrating years of love

And working on the ranch.






Seattle of course was a must, and we jumped on the big wheel to view our sleepy town.

And found ourselves on temple grounds for some service.

26 is a magical number - one John John wears well.

And I'm not the only fan of his who thinks so.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Did you know?

Did you know....

John and I eat mustard?
We enjoy dancing (though we don't claim to be skilled)?
And, most times we order a caffeinated soda when dining out?

The questions preceding these answers have all been asked to either John or myself in various circumstances.

We're curious people. We all have questions.

But these particular questions were asked to us, because our friends and even strangers realized we were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (commonly referred to as "Mormons"), and they wanted answers and reasons to these unique questions.

In responding to many of these types of questions, we've found that there are quite a few misconceptions about our belief system and foundation. So, we decided to write this little blurb as the next 10 days are quite significant for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Yes, twitter will be flooded with #ldsconf and facebook and pinterest will be full of inspiring quotes this upcoming weekend. It's General Conference, the bi-annual event where prophets, apostles and church leaders give inspiring, Christian messages. Take a sneak peak...


 
Along with conference, next week will mark another major event for "Mormons" as the feature film, Meet The Mormons hits the big screen. No, this is not a proselyting tool, nor a fundraising effort (all proceeds go to charity) - it's another way for you to understand who Mormons are and what they believe. From the official website it says,  
Meet the Mormons examines the very diverse lives of six devout members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Filmed on location and across the globe, Meet the Mormons takes viewers on a journey into the day-to-day realities of individuals living in the U.S., Costa Rica, Nepal and beyond. From their individual passions to their daily struggles, each story paints a picture as rich and unique as the next while challenging the stereotypes that surround the Mormon faith.


Friday, October 10, 2014, Liberty Theater will host Meet The Mormons in Wenatchee.

Again, we invite you to continue with the questions. We enjoy answering them, no matter how random or involved they are. In the grand scheme of things, we feel like questions give us the opportunity to reach out and discover new paths. For us, Jesus Christ is our main source for these answers - we feel his guidance and direction as he leads us to life's greatest answers.



Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Olympics of Labor Day.

We're sticking with the photo theme for now, because this weekend was full of some great moments. Although the weather in Chelan did not let the sun shine as much as we would've liked, we still found ourselves enjoying the water, making memories and laughing at the ridiculous fun we had at the 2nd annual Labor Day Olympics.

Happy end of Summer to you all. Good luck to all the students and teachers and their new school year, and happy September.

The 2nd Annual Labor Day Olympics Crew
Our wonderful spectators - we love our lake neighbors and that they enjoy our craziness.

Look closely at Nick's attire and Kristen's expression
Get your game on.

Before...


prep.


Let the games begin!

Can you whip flip?
Jamie Can.


Make way for Big J.




There was sadness.
There was triumph

And a little bit of blind kayaking.

Some Father & Son competition


A crisis or two with the tubes.



Happy Winners.

The Whip.


In good company.

The ALS challenge.

All smiles at the games.


Selfie City.
Friends forever.



He learned it all from her.

Our favorite cheerleader.
See you next year!