Welcome! My name is Mackenzie, and I began blogging when my husband, DJ, and I moved to California from the midwest in 2016. Initially, I began this blog to keep family updated back home on our happenings and to record our memories. But blogging turned out to be much more than I ever anticipated; it is home to a community where I have personally grown, learned from people from all walks of life, been inspired by many and cultivated friendships.
I thank you for stopping by- however you stumbled upon this page. Around here you can find recaps of our time in Northern California from 2016-2019, Austin, TX 2019-2021 and most currently, our Northeast Ohio adventures since moving here in the summer of 2021. Posts tend to include a hodge-podge of recent life happenings with our baby girl, Quinn Rae, our pup, Moose, restaurant reviews, recipe ideas and travels near and far.
A few more details that feel appropriate for an “About” page… I’m a nurse practitioner with a specialty in endocrinology (but currently working in presurgery as a nurse and lovin’ it!), I have an unusual appreciation for puns, I probably use too many exclamation points in general, and second to being with family and friends, I am my happiest running. Most importantly, l strive to make Christ the center of my life each day.
Please never hesitate to leave a comment or reach out by e-mail on my contact page. I love to chat!
128 thoughts on “About”
Mack- I love this blog! Your love, and positive zest shine through! I didn’t know you and DJ were such amazing foodies. Bring it on- we have to eat out again! Keep on having fun.
Thank you for checking it out! A compliment from a true writer means a lot. We always talk about how much fun we had with you both and are ALWAYS up for another night out with you guys! If you ever find yourself around here please let us know! Thanks for the encouragement 🙂
Hi Mack! What a sweet sharing, and I love the focus of your blog. We have a number of things in common, like running, love of ice cream 💜 , and a trip across the country. So nice to meet you, and looking forward to getting to know you. Blessings your way, Debbie
Aww thank you so much! I’m glad you found it! I cannot wait to check yours out as well, nice to meet you too 🙂
That would be my 11 year old! 🙂 I used the term for her. And thanks! I wish you all the best. Watch out for the little things that build up over time. Don’t let them build up! All the best! I’ll follow along your life! 🙂
Thank you for the advice- I appreciate it, and all the best to you as well! I like her style with the unbreaded calamari! All the best.
That is cool!!
The two of you look very happy indeed!
I don’t run. The earth would shake
Thank you! Your comment made me laugh- I’m sure the earth would be just fine, but that’s funny. Best wishes to you!
You have a lovely outlook on life. I am looking forward to reading more.
Thank you, Bernadette! 🙂
Hi Mack, great to find you. We share a love of the good things in life – dark chocolate and red wine … amongst other things. Happy journeys and keep smiling. Cheers from Australia xo
Thanks for stopping by, Miriam!!!! Sounds like you have excellent taste ;)! Hehe- Have a great Monday! Xx
Thanks Mack. Yep, good taste indeed! Hope you’re having a lovely week. xo
You too, Miriam ! Xx
Hi Mack! Happy to have found your blog! I love the layout, the style the content…everything! I’ve read some of your posts and I can’t wait to read more! Looking forward to following you 🙂
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Thank you, Lisa!!!! I appreciate you taking the time to share our life with us! I’m glad you enjoy it! Have a great rest of your weekend! Xx
My pleasure! Thank you, you too! 🙂
Love your blog Mack!!! Those pictures of your and your husband are beautiful 🙂
Thank you, Karen!!
Your blog would have been mine 40 years ago – my husband and I made the same journey but without the benefit of the internet. Thanks for following my blog and there is a shout-out to yours in a post on mine later today.
Thank you for saying hello, Noelle!!!! How cool that we are taking the same journey! Thank you for the shout out. Have a wonderful weekend. <3
Mack– love your blog– you have had quite a wonderful year– and more to come ahead… (and your wedding photo is gorgeous!) Blessings to you both.
Thank you so much for the kind words, Rhonda!! Blessings to you as well <3
What a wonderful introduction and view of the world. You and your husband look not only beautiful together but happiness defined. The best of luck on your new adventures. Moving is always a bit stressful but can also be incredibly rewarding as you meet news friends, explore the world, and grow together. From a one retired nurse to you – I’m sure you will be a wonderful nurse. Thank you for following and welcome to the fence jumpers. @sheilamgood at Cow Pasture Chronicles
Thank you, Sheila, for the kind words! So far this move has been one of the greatest adventures of my life. I am beyond words thankful for this chapter of life. And your encouragement means the world. Fingers crossed as I take my exam in just a few weeks 🙂 Have a lovely week!
Crossed. Best of luck!
Thank you so much for the follow! Personally, I like to spontaneously plan. 😉
Haha- yes, love that.
Hi Mack. Congrats on your courage to take so many bold steps this year. I hope your California adventure feeds your spirit. Thanks for following my blog. blessings, Brad
Thank you for the kind words!!!
You’re most welcome.
Beautiful couple! Love your blog
Thank you, Hannah!!! xx
Hi… I have nominated you for an award… please visit my post https://cookwithsmileblog.wordpress.com/2016/10/08/the-black-cat-blue-sea-award-and-the-versatile-blogger-award/
Thank you so much, Lathiya!!!! Make my day. Such a compliment from someone as talented as yourself.
My pleasure Mack😊… You definitely deserve this😊.. Eager to read your post😊👍
Some wonderful recipes to try. Thank you. I enjoyed visiting your blog today.
Awww I’m so glad!!! <3 I will definitely have to hop over to yours now 🙂
Nice to meet another pescatarian who loves Jesus. (: I also married my high school sweetheart, but it was after 39 years of no contact! Thanks for the follow. Congrats on the nursing degree!
Aww! That is a story I would LOVE to hear!!! Thanks for stopping JoAnna! I look forward to future conversations 💕
Lovely to meet you both. You look so wonderfully happy together.
Thank you so much <3 So very nice to meet you as well!!!!
Thank you for the like on http://thecomfortablecoop.com I’m so proud of myself that I didn’t have to wiki pescatarian! Thank you Gordon Ramsey! I can’t wait to read your blog.
Hehe- that’s too funny!!!! Thank you for stopping by, Elizabeth!
Mack you are the sweetest thing, so happy top know you’re full of Jesus’s love too!
Awww, thanks girlfriend!!! That means the world. I’m so thankful to have found ya! You are inspirational <3 <3
Just stumbled upon your blog and I already love it! I study in the Bay Area, so it’s awesome finding another blogger from Northern California 🙂 Also, I love how your spontaneously spontaneous haha
WHAT?! You are from this area too?! Girl, we are so meeting up. It’s inevitable…. Just letting you know now 😉 Thanks for stopping by and I cannot wait to check out your’s as well <3 I hope you are having a truly wonderful week!
Ahh! For sure! I’ll be back in January, so we will have to sometime after then 🙂 Hope this week is going well for ya!
Hey there! Pleasure to meet you! Love the blog so far–where did you go in Indiana? I graduated from Indiana University!!! Crazy how small the world is!
Thanks for following me as well, and I seriously think your blog is awesome! 🙂
PS: The move from the Midwest to Cali….man, you two are blessed haha.
Hey!!!! It is truly such a small world we live in- crazy! We graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion. Thank you also for the kind words. For California- not sure we will be able to stay here forever, but we are certainly enjoying the sunshine while we can!! Have a great week, and thank you for stopping by!
You two look gorgeous 🙂
Thank you so much, Jacqueline <3 <3
I am right there with you on all things dark chocolate! Great introduction, Mack. I am enjoying your blog! 🙂
Thanks so very much for stopping by!!!!! And dark chocolate is just the best- you’ve got great taste! 😋
Oh my goodness your words are too kind!!!!! Thankful for you! 💕
Adorable! I’m so glad I came across your blog. Looking forward to reading more!
Awww thank you Jaclyn!!!! Thank you for stopping by and the sweet words. I am so excited to follow yours as well!!! Xox
Wish you all the best for your future. Beware there are some obstacles. But definitely be always like this, happy, spontaneous and full of optimism for your future life. It works.
Thank you so much, Dom!! I appreciate the shared wisdom and encouragement greatly!
Thank you for the follow and it’s lovely to meet you. I am really looking forward to reading more of your blog, thanks for this connection.
Oh my goodness, Marie! Thank you so much! It is so lovely to meet you as well. I look forward to reading more of yours as well. <3 Certainly stay in touch. Have a wonderful week!
Hello, this is a fun blog. I like the energy and bounce you put into your travelling and posts. You look like a lovely couple, so all the best and thanks for following mine: I’ll be dropping in here too 🙂
Aww, I’m so glad you stopped by! Thank you, Bea, for the sweet words 🙂
It’s good to plan to prepare yourself.
Thank you to follow my blog 🙂
Haha! Thank you!
You are most welcome.
Thanks for the follow! I’m from the Midwest also!
Woohoo! That’s wonderful- which state?!
Indiana. Now living in Wisconsin.
What a delightful blog. ❤️ 💛 💙 💜
Thank you 🙂 I cannot wait to check out yours too !
So pleased that your blog post got shared, and now I have officially met you 🙂
So glad to meet you too, Susie!!!!! Can’t wait to follow along on yours!
I really appreciate it.
Hello! I’m a new follower, love your blog and hope to make it one of my weekly update/reads.
Awww thank you, Alyssa!!!!! That makes me so happy to hear 🙂 I am so thankful you stopped by! I can’t wait to check out your site too!
Lovely to meet you, Mack.
Good luck with the blog and your forthcoming interviews.
So nice to meet you too, Ceayr! Sorry to just be getting back to you! Been a bit busy. Thank YOU so much for the good wishes- I should have some big updates within the next couple days! Thank you for stopping by!
I love your header! Thank you for following my blog. I look forward to keeping up with your adventures!
Thank you so much, Kori!!!! I am so excited you stopped by. I love your site and look forward to keeping up with you as well! <3
Your not only beautiful on the outside Mackenzie your beautiful inside where it counts.
Blessings – Anne.
Oh my goodness, Anne! This is the sweetest note. Thank you so very much for your kind words ! Any good you see is simply Jesus 🙂 I hope you have a beautiful weekend !
Oh my, your photographs are stunning and a great about page too.
Awww! Thank you so much!! Your comment made me smile!!!!! 💕
this is deeply amazing, elegance, just beautiful post like a piano melody!!
Aww! Wow, thank you so much!
These pictures are gorgeous!! And I love what you said about resting on God’s grace. 🙂
Thank you tons, love! <3
Beautiful blog! I love your spirit & zest for life. I found your blog via Debbie’s forgiving fridays. And I am grateful for that! Especially since I teach psychology in the BScN nursing program at a college in Canada. You are an inspiration to my students! And for me too. 😊
Oh my goodness! WOW! I cannot tell you how much this comment made my day. These words mean the WORLD. I appreciate you taking the time to read and stop by, Dr. Dinardo! And anyone that is a friend of Debbie’s is certainly a friend of mine <3 Thank you for all you do and your contribution to education and forming healthcare professionals. I look forward to checking out your blog and following along as well. I hope you have had a beautiful start to the new year!
Thank you for your enthusiastic reply! What a wonderful way to start my day! 😘
Aw, of course! I was JUST thinking about your comment today. I hope you are having a great start to this semester, a new one you are starting perhaps?
Yes! We are started our new semester yesterday! Always exciting + frightening. No matter how many years I’ve been a professor. But that’s a good thing. Keeps me on my toes!
Yay!!!! How exciting, and absolutely! Keeps things interesting, right?!
I can totally picture you as a nurse practitioner! Your patients will be so lucky to have you caring for them! We have family in Northern Cal. My hometown is in Southern Cal, Huntington Beach. I would like to travel more, but at the moment I care for quite a few rescue animals that take up a ton of my time. A few are in their senior years which require almost 24 hour care. Looking forward to following your blog and getting inspired by your words and walking away with a smile because of it! A little late, but, Happy New Year. May 2018 bring you so much more love and joy! Koko
Oh my goodness this is the sweetest!!!!! Thank you!!! I can’t tell you how much that means to me. That’s beautiful that you care for rescue animals. ❤️ thank you for stopping by and your very kind words. I look forward to following yours as well!! Happy new year to you too, Koko 🤗 I wish you the same!!
I love finding a happy blog! Thank you for helping me finding yours, and welcome to northern California!
Aw, yay!!!! This comment made my day. Thank you so much for the warm welcome!
Somehow I just read your “About Me” section, & I love your photos!
Haha!! Thanks, girl!!! xx
What a lovely photos you have.
Thank you so much!
Hi Mack. It’s nice to meet you. 🙂
Aw, so nice to meet you too!
Very cool blog. Happy to discover you on Niki’s meet and greet 🙂
Aw, thank you, Mandi!!! <3 So very nice to meet you too. Cannot wait to check out your blog more!
Your blog is gorgeous! Can’t wait to read more of your posts! ❤
Aww thanks, Chica!!! So excited to be blog friends here. Can’t wait to read more of your posts too!
Thank you so much for following me, I look forward to getting to know you
P.S You look amazing in your wedding dress
Aw so nice to meet you too, Trina!!! I look forward to following along your blog as well 🙂 Thank you so much ❤️ Have a great Sunday!
I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award! You definitely do not have to participate, but the information is on my blog if you are interested. 🙂
Oh my gosh, Maysa!!!! Thank you TONS AND TONS!! This just made my whole day. I appreciate this soooo much.
Aw, you are so welcome!! 🙂