When I moved back to Colorado 7 years ago after an almost 2 decade hiatus, I fell in love with craft beer. I have my husband, the craft beer lover and Colorado-Native, to thank for that. Together we set out to try all the craft breweries in our vicinity; and we also plan to visit breweries on all of our Colorado adventures.  Often, we find ourselves taking day trips to Boulder or Fort Collins and enjoying a beer or two in a tap room. (A list of our favorite Colorado breweries to come)

what a beautiful rainbow of beer image from: www.coconutsfishcafe.com

Fortunately for a family with a toddler, most tap rooms are kid friendly and even have board games or outdoor patios like most European Biergartens. In the early days of our brewery explorations, it was always reassuring to see another family with kids there too. I now make a point to say hello to a family with a small sleeping baby to reassure them there is no stigma to baby-wearing your little one while you enjoy one of your first postpartum beers! In fact, my daughter was 14 days old when she went to her first Brewery, Odell Brewery (she has since been to about 20!)

But exploring breweries around Colorado can get expensive – gas, the beer, the food/snacks to absorb your yeasty-beverages. And our little one is not always in the mood to tag along with mom and dad while we toss a few back. And then there is always the negotiation of who is going to be the DD, and who has to forgo that second Nitro Milk Stout.

So when my husband expressed his desire to brew his own beer almost two years ago, I had mixed feelings. He is a good cook, and very detail oriented so I was sure he could handle the complicated brewing process…but I was skeptical about the way it might taste. I was afraid that a bad batch would send me back to my college days when I avoided beer at all costs {all that was available were the thin, watery Buds and Coors}

This is my beer motto. It hails from Stone Brewery in San Diego – their IPA is one of my all time favorites

To our great surprise, we found out that several families we are friends with brew beer! Ryan approached them and asked to be an understudy. Since he lacked the equipment and knowledge, it was so helpful to work alongside amateur brewers who were willing to teach him, so he could decide if this is a hobby we should invest in as a family.

Beer Making as a Family Hobby?

You Bet!

We have partnered with one family in particular, to make brewing day a fun-filled family event. The dads plan their recipes in advance and gather all the ingredients and equipment to brew two different beers at a time. The moms plan the food and keep the brewing area safe. And the kids come and go between their play to assist with various steps in the brewing process.

thank you Congress! image from: www.homebrewbasics.com

To date we have done three Family Brew Days.  All the brewing is done outside on the back porch of  our friend’s house, overlooking a large yard with lush trees and flowers and plenty of space for the kids to play.

The results? Fabulous! My husband’s home brew has turned out better than some of the breweries we’ve visited, so I am strongly encouraging him to keep up the good work. And it has been wonderful to spend time with our friends and get to know their family better. I have a feeling that this will become a quarterly tradition for years to come ;)

This would look great in my kitchen image from: etsy.com

So, now that you have the history of our Family Brew Days, I will put up several more posts that detail each brew day including photos.

Hopefully you will be inspired to:

start home-brewing yourself;

 sample a home-brew the next time one is offered;

try a new craft beer;

reach out to a family you know and start a new tradition with them!



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well it has been quite awhile since I have written for the blog. In fact, it has been quite awhile since I have written more than just a To Do List. But we have been plenty busy with Colorado adventures and holidays and everyday miracles of raising an almost 3 year old.


Actually, raising a 3 year old has been the toughest thing to do in these last few months…especially since I am growing another human inside me right now…

Cheers! We're having a baby!

Cheers! We’re having a baby!


The Moore family will be getting bigger this summer as we add a baby boy to our family. We feel so blessed especially because I questioned my ability to get pregnant this past year. Here are a few reasons why:

  • I was 36 when I had our daughter, and I was 38 when we started trying for #2. I am now 39 (and loving it by the way).
  • It was so easy with our first, and after 4 months trying for #4 I was getting nervous
  • After talking at length with a close friend who is an OB nurse, I realized I was calculating my cycle wrong! Day one of your cycle is the FIRST DAY OF YOUR PERIOD… I actually never knew that ;)
  • I found out that both my thyroid and my progesterone were not optimal for fertility (get blood tests done through your primary care physician or ob if you are having trouble conceiving).
  • Through a family member, I discovered that I had the potential for a blood clotting disease that causes strokes and miscarriages. Fortunately that was ruled out by further blood testing.
  • Through the course of these 6 months, our daughter was not sleeping through the night in her Big Girl bed…therefore no one in our house got a full night’s sleep in 180 days! It was torture because she had been a fantastic sleeper at 5 weeks old. Patience and persistence with a going back to bed routine were the only thing that paid off and she just grew out of it eventually. But it was torture in the meantime!


Needless to say that the stress of all of the above made the “trying” not as jovial :) as I would have liked, but God had his timing and here we are 6 months later.


25 weeks

25 weeks

Family reactions:

Hollis-  I think it has taken all of these last 25 weeks for the shock of having a boy to wear off. We have so many girls in our family that I just thought it genetically impossible for a boy to come out of my womb. With this thinking, I saved EVERYTHING of my daughters.  So, for the last few months I have been purging lots of girly pink things, while saving two plastic tubs of the classics and favorites that I plan to pass along.


Now that it has been out with the old, I have made room for the new – both stuff and thinking. With just one daughter, I have the opportunity to pour all of my feminine energy into her. She and I are so close even at this young age that another girl might disrupt that feminine bond – at least that is what I am telling myself.  My thought is that I will not have to worry about buying two of every pink toy to be fair, or taking both on a manicure date. I am not gender specific with activities or toys, but there are differences in preferences between boys and girls, and I am excited about reserving and preserving all of that girlie-ness with my little buddy.


8 weeks

8 weeks

As I observe my friends with boys, I am a bit anxious about being the mom of a potentially wild little boy. Their energy is so different and frantic and tornado-like at times that is is exhausting just to watch them from a far at a 2 hour play-date. But then there are other little boys who my daughter plays with who are gentle and reserved – and she is the dominant play-mate. In fact, my husband was a mellow child who liked to play by himself, was reading before kindergarten, never cried, never fussed…heck, according to my MIL he never even wet a diaper ;) So maybe our little boy will inherit his demeanor. And then a friend of mine made a great point, If I do have an energetic little boy, at least I will lose the baby weight faster running after him!


So 6 months into this second pregnancy, I am happy that I will have the experience of raising both a both a girl and a boy. Isn’t that the American Dream, anyway? To have one boy and one girl. I think God’s plan for me in this regard is perfect – my mantra has always been to try (almost) everything once – and now I will get that experience with parenting too.


20 weeks and really developing

20 weeks and really developing

Ryan – my husband was actually more shocked than I was that we were having a boy. When you grow up without a father, there can be a lot of anxiety surrounding being a dad to a boy. But he is confident that the “first experiment” with out daughter went well, and that he has data to rely on moving forward (he is such an analyst). He, too, has a special relationship with our daughter and he feels the same way about preserving the daddy/daughter bond and not having to share himself in the same way with our little boy. Plus, he reminds me that we were certain our daughter was going to be a boy and we were totally prepared for that (we did not find out her sex).


Phoebe – after watching two of her little besties become older siblings in the last year, she is super excited! It was a great learning experience watching my friend’s tummies grow, and discussing how the babies are made (yes, at 2 years old she was asking very specific questions that I answered directly on a need-to-know-basis) and even what part of the body they come out. In fact, after one of those discussions, she proclaimed she wanted to be a penis and a sperm doctor – LOL!

Big Sister Love, already :)

Big Sister Love, already :)

As a preschooler it is hard to understand patience, and waiting for a new member of the family is no exception. Explaining that winter and all the snow had to be gone, then the flowers and trees had to bloom, and then we had to swim in the pool in the hot summer seems to have helped her understand that the baby will not be here for awhile. Now that spring has appeared and we are starting swim lessons indoors at the rec center, I have had to remind her that the sun and the air have to be really hot for baby to come out – he’s not done growing yet.

In the meantime, she has been a great big sister already. We talk about what we can do to make the baby feel better when he cries; how she can help with diapers and teaching him to play with toys; what little things are not safe to be around him. She even sings to him and has conversations with him – and she includes him in all our future plans as a family, even when I forget to mention him ;) Hopefully the enthusiasm continues once he is actually here; and I will be realistic with my expectations of her.


28 weeks profile

28 weeks profile

28 weeks and look at those chubby cheeks!

28 weeks and look at those chubby cheeks!


So there it is…the pleasant reason for the delay in communication. I am one of those blessed women who has really easy and symptom-less pregnancies.  Although I have been feeling great, there just has been no inspiration to write. I have been in a transitional period (obviously), where I have been evaluating my commitments and responsibilities based on a lot of bible study and growing within a sacred fellowship of my Christian sisters.

I am happy to say that I have been encouraged both directly and indirectly to continue to share myself, to be vulnerable, to tell my stories, to be authentic. My hope is that my blog will continue to inspire others to get Moore From Life – even if they do not add more children!

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In preparation for the 2014  VALS  Program hosted by CCU this week, I wanted to {finally} post my notes from last year’s Program.

On April 24, 2014 the topic will be ”The Future of the American Dream: Crisis or Confidence?” Go here to register or lean more: http://www.ccu.edu/vals/

2013 VALS Program hosted by  Colorado Christian University

The Moral Case For Free Enterprise: Part 3

More government = less freedom

This is Part Three in a Series of Posts from 2013 VALS Program hosted by Colorado Christian University.  The topic was The Moral Case For Free Enterprise – this information will assist anyone in articulating the necessity of preserving the greatest economic system that has ever existed on the earth. Go to the bottom of this post to access other posts from this conference.

The Moral Case For Free Enterprise: Part 3

Dr. Jill Vecchio on Obamacare

“Obamacare” marks the first time in history where the government can impose a penalty upon an individual if they do not purchase a product. Personally, I believe this is a slippery-slope because there is now a precedent set by the Supreme Court that allows the government to tax you if you don’t buy what they tell you to buy…scary! The premise of the Affordable Health Care Act is that ‘healthcare’ should be equal for all. Dr. Vecchio believes that equality in health care means that the quality of that care goes down across the board for all people.

image from: www.pbs.org

There are two different ideological ways at looking at healthcare that are in play: that of Hippocrates (where we get our Hippocratic Oath from) and that of Plato. Hippocrates believed that all life is sacred, and that doctors are bound to care for the individual. Plato believed that we need to approach health care as a society whose resources are limited. Consequently the very young, the very old, and the handicapped are expendable because the limited resources need to be allocated to those in the middle who are ‘viable’. Dr. Vecchio gave examples of this in action today – abortion, sterilization, assisted suicide, and comparative effectiveness (this is where a dollar amount is assessed to a treatment based on a person’s age).

image from: www.biography.com

Dr. Vecchio stated that the big question is: Who chooses what kind of care is right for a particular individual? The answer is: Whoever is paying for it. So, if the government is paying for your health care, then they get to decide which treatments (if any) you receive.

*Hollis’ remarks: Remember President Obama’s comment about the 85 year old woman who should just take a pain pill versus getting her hip replaced? This is pretty frightening to me, to have the government deciding what procedures I am allowed to have! It reminds me of a young-adult fiction book  by Matthew Tobin Anderson called FEED, that I highly encourage you to read- the government decides who gets medical treatment based on their consumer purchasing activity!

The issue, Dr. Vecchio states, is not whether all people have access to healthcare – because we can all walk into a clinic right now and get treated whether or not we can pay for it – the issue is personal responsibility versus government dependence.

Medical professionals opposing Obamacare
image from: www.hangthebankers.com

So how do we break loose from this government control? We need to accept responsibility for our own choices, our own lifestyles, and our own healthcare; and accept the consequences. AND we need to take care of the truly needy. Dr. Vecchio was very clear on the difference between those who are truly needy and those who make bad choices that put them in need.

There are people in our society who make bad choices and then want others to bear the burden of the consequences of those choices.  They are prey for a government who wants to gain more control over us, and alleviate them from their choices by promising to take care of them and that it is something they are owed. These are not the truly needy. We have wonderful charities that can assist the truly needy; and to whom many are thankful. But when government takes over for our charities then the “thank yous” go away, and that service becomes an entitlement.

Are you truly in need?
image from: www.30-days.net

There is a reason why Americans (and conservative Americans especially) give more to charities as a nation than any other country – we are tasked to take care of our own.  However, in other countries the government has programs that take care of people so individuals don’t feel compelled to give. Personally, I would rather give my support  to the causes that I feel are worthwhile, versus having a bureaucrat take my money and distribute it. I believe that we can take care of ourselves and our neighbors better than the government can take care of us!

To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, Dr. Vecchio states:

“Those who would trade freedom for security, deserve neither”

On April 24, 2014 the topic will be ”The Future of the American Dream: Crisis or Confidence?” Go here to register or lean more: http://www.ccu.edu/vals/

To access Part 1, go here: http://moorefromlife.com/colorado-adventures/freeenterprisepart1

To access Part 2, go here: http://moorefromlife.com/entrepreneurship/freeenterprisepart2

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