September 26, 2019

a dream come true... and so much more

This is one of my favorite pictures of me...
I am at my grandparents, in this sparkly, blue vinyl chair, talking to my Uncle Sonny who lived in Colorado. Even though I only met him a few times, he held a very special place in my heart - and because of that, I have always had the desire to travel to Colorado!

Well, today is the day.
We are getting on a plane, and heading west... and by tonight, I will have my arms around my girl. We are really proud of her and her bravery to step out in the world, time after time.  We are excited to see her in her new life, and we are looking forward to helping her do a little more exploring!

It's a bonus that Camden will be along - and Laura was thrilled to hear he is able to come. And so... just that makes this trip wonderful before we have even headed to the airport. I say it a lot, but it is one of my greatest gifts - the relationship between the two of them. These days, I know that to have the four of us together is a rare gift. One day soon, Cam will be offered a job, and he's likely to head off to parts unknown, much like his sister.

Cheers to my always favorite...four. Together.

September 25, 2019

life lately...

It's the middle of the week and I'm feeling light... because I'm on vacation from work! I wanted to feel energized and happy walking out of the office yesterday, but all I really felt was exhausted, and maybe a little relieved to be able to tune out. It was a whirlwind kind of day, getting everything checked off the to-do list, and making sure I'll be able to dive right back in on Tuesday. But I made it! 
Here's a little bit of what else has been happening in my life!
1. A little Saturday fun with my husband... we headed down to cheer on the
fishing boats coming in for the Take A Soldier Fishing day.
They were late though and we had to some other place to be!
We did enjoy our walk though!

2. Friday nights = Marching band...
I love seeing my nephew march along with his bass drum!
He had to another ear surgery this week, and I've been praying him through recovery.
He's getting there!

3. I needed a round table... to play a game.
Camden & I found one at a yard sale and a little blue chalk paint spiffed it right up!

4. This kitty... she snuggled right in under my crochet hook.

5. Pumpkins & gourds galore! A coworker and her beau brought in tons to share
- and it's given me a little fall feeling.

6. We have been on the hunt for this peach Crown ever since we
heard they re-released it. It was an exciting find over the weekend!

7. I snuck over into a friend's yard to give her a little pumpkin surprise. It gave me so much joy!

8. These lights at a local restaurant also bring me joy! I just love their starry glow.

9. And these two make me laugh... especially on our wine tasting night.
I don't know if I think they are two of a kind or unlikely friends,
but I am certain it's a lifetime friendship.

September 24, 2019

the art of floating...

When was the last time you did nothing? I mean really nothing.
These days, even as I sit and watch TV, or am resting on the couch, I find myself multitasking. I make my hands busy with a crochet project, or I am scrolling through my darn phone... it seems I hardly ever give my mind complete rest, even knowing my soul needs it.

For the past couple of months, many of our Sunday afternoons have included a trip over to my in-laws with our pool floats... to simply float. I love the feeling of the cool-ish water and the warm sunshine, and stretching my arms out, I surrender to rest. My mind empties and and I am somehow able to let go of every care, listen to nothing, and let myself be at whim to the wind. I love this time we have purposefully been carving out, practicing rest... time to be still.  

How sweet to be a cloud, floating in the blue.
-A. A. Milne

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