“The wild is the approaching dark mass of an outside set, and it is the unseen but very real possibility of moving shapes in the water close around us”~ Drew Kampion, The Way of the Surfer

I am Jody, wife to Bill and mom to 4 kiddos, ages 19 (boy), 16(boy), 13(boy) and 9(girl…holy cow). We are a surfing family that live along the Texas coast, and spend most of our free time at the beach. (Except our 16yo who loathes all things sandy and salty. We have no idea where he came from.) I swim, bike, run for fun and love to do extreme sports. ┬áBill said “It isn’t fun for you unless it is a death march”. Ahem. So true.







But that would be the pot calling the kettle black, Bill.

Bill, surfing Hurricane Gustav swell.

Gustav-Bill 2

Bill racing triathlon in the 80’s

Bill triathlon

The apples don’t fall far from the trees either:










More air

Originally from Galveston, Texas, we lived inland for almost 12 years raising our kids in a small Texas town with a brewery. Life in that small town were some of the best years of our life. My kids experienced a childhood that was much like a Norman Rockwell painting.

Walking to the snow cone stand

But the call of the waves was just too appealing. Our weekend adventures to the beach in our 5th Wheel proved too much like a tease, so in 2007 we moved to the coast and it became a full time life for us.

There is a saying here in our beach town. We say it during good times and bad, and we have adopted it as our motto as well:

“It’s just another day in paradise”

And so it is!


5 Responses to About

  1. Leeann says:

    You need to update your family info! You have Mia on here as being 4! lol

    So Cory is a senior this year, right? My Kate is also. How are the plans going for his next stage of life? How do you feel about it?

    I’m enjoying your blog entries!

    • Jody says:

      Thanks Leeann! Yup, the blog is soooo out of date. Cory came home from wilderness camp with a beard, so the pic isn’t too accurate either. LOL Yes, Cory is a senior! Isn’t it crazy. College, here he comes! They sure grow up fast. We are in the stage of letting him have a bit more freedom to do some of the things he wants to do in preparation for turning him loose next year. It sure is bitter-sweet and hard on moms.

  2. Leeann says:

    Hi Jodi,

    I couldn’t see anywhere to leave a comment on your blog so I hope you get this here. I really enjoyed your new post and seeing your precious Mia growing up. She is truly beautiful!

    I hope all the other kids are doing fine. I know they are growing rapidly as well! I guess your oldest is probably finishing up high school at this point, right? My oldest is about to finish her Jr year and it blows my head right off my shoulders!

    All the best,

    Leeann! Thank you! I have been so lame about posting and reading the last couple of years. All the kids are doing great. Your oldest and mine are the same age, as Cory is just finishing u phis junior year too! SAT’s this month and college applications around the corner. Blows my head off too!!!

  3. Allison says:

    So you swim/swam/surf with dolphins? Kind of my dream life really. Thought I’d say hi, share my blog. I’m envious about the surfing an marine biology thing. Really.
    Hope you’re well.

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