About Marney

So who are the people behind Livin’ Livin’ Livin’?

The main voice here at Livin’ Livin’ Livin’ is me, Marney. I’m an American, living in Auckland, New Zealand. I love my family, yoga, sunsets, rainbows, the beach, good food, and lovely people.

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Other voices you will hear and see are my husband Clarke, gorgeous son, Oliver, and the newest addition to our family Baby Mia. Clarke is an accountant turned banker who works for an Australian bank. He’s anything but your cliche bean-counter, he loves going to clown camp (yes, it is a real thing), AcroYoga, and pulling faces in the mirror. You might occasionally hear from him regarding things in his bankerly-corporate-world.

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Oliver is the delight of our lives. He is passionate, curious, and clever. He loves all things LEGO, creating, drawing, books, and friends. You will hear from him regularly as he reviews LEGO and other amazing toys that we love.


Miss Mia joined our family through adoption in December 2015. We waited a LONG time for her beautiful spirit to complete our family and she is a joy.  She just brings happiness to the world.  Mia is from The Marshall Islands and we spent 2-weeks there when we adopted her, if you want to read about our journey head here.

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We are a vagabondish family. Hopping from Utah to Nanjing, China, to Orange County, CA, to South Florida, to Shanghai, China, and now for the last four years we have been blessed to find ourselves in the most amazing of places, Auckland, New Zealand. Stay tuned because we don’t stay in one place too long……

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And you may wonder, where did this phrase, Livin’ Livin’ Livin’ come from? Well it may surprise you that it comes from this fellow, my 90-year old Grandpa, Harold James (isn’t he cute?).

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Livin’ Livin’ Livin’ is a phrase I grew up hearing my Grandpa say, and then in turn my Dad, and now we all say it too. Grandpa lived out on the gorgeous Lake Couer D’Alene in Idaho for decades, and he would say Livin’ Livin’ Livin’ when life was just great. It became the family mantra, and we would email or text it to each other when someone would send through a photo of something fantastic.

I have had the idea for this website in my head for years, and when I got serious about it had a big brainstorm trying to figure out a great name. Livin’ Livin’ Livin’ was a natural title because it really comes from the heart. The phrase helps remind me on a daily basis to look for moments of beauty, even when things seem a little grey.

So join us on the journey as we find Livin’ Livin’ Livin’ moments as a family, and begin to make some for yourself too.