I’m Amber. I live in Park City, Utah with my mountain man husband, John. We met on New Year’s Eve 1999, spent a decade as friends, then fell in love and said, “I do” in the fall of 2012. The journey from friends to husband and wife is far more complicated than that sentence implies, but it was meant to be. We have a German Shepard/Chocolate Lab named Cholula who is on the constant hunt for snuggles and cheese. She has crooked ears and she thinks she’s human. We welcomed a bouncing baby boy named Oden in March of 2016, and his brother, Morrison, joined the party in December of 2018. We waited a long time to be parents and every day is an adventure as a family of five!
I strive to live a simple and optimistic life- it’s just too short to allow it to be filled with negativity (whether it be my own or from others). My desire for solid roots and a comfortable, welcoming home is countered by a restless side that fuels the travel bug in me. My life continues to surprise me, and it’s far from perfect…but I know that every day is a gift, and I’m grateful. This blog started as a way for me to remember that there is always something blissful to smile about, even during times of struggle. Since that first post, there have been a LOT of struggles: friendships ending, infertility, miscarriages, trials of marriage, spousal substance abuse and recovery, postpartum depression. It hasn’t been easy to always find the bright side, and that’s ok. I’m learning it’s still there when I’m able to finally lift my chin again and look for it. My hope is that I inspire you to do the same.
Here, you’ll get a taste of the mostly-blissful mountain life: delicious food, photography, how we entertain, travel adventures (near and far), and a healthy dose of mama life. I share the big and little bits of joy (as well as some tears). Thanks for being here!
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