LAST NIGHT

“When I think of the Middle Ages I think of castles, Catholicism, and taking your kids to soccer practice.” 
~Jaron Kintz, Who Moved My Choose?

 

Last night we gathered with close friends to celebrate friendship and Christmas. We have been at this for at least 25 years; meeting on the soccer fields when our boys all played soccer together. Yes, that is ice cream, with booze in it! A yearly tradition (we were way ahead of our time!) It was a wonderful evening full of laugher, conversation, wine, great food and people I love. 

I am backing away from this space for the next week or so. I hope you have a wonderful holiday with family and friends. 

thanks so much for stopping by today, 
xooox 

FRESH EYES

“I would love to live like a river flows,
carried by the surprise of its own unfolding.” 
~ John O'Donohue

 

The dog and I walk around the two ponds in our tiny neighborhood most days. Underneath the biggest of those ponds is our community well; the well where we all get our water. Our water is good, sweet and always ice cold even straight out of the tap in mid-summer. I have had people ask to take bottles of it home with them.  We walk right by the pump house on our way and I am always thankful it is running, for without it we would not have water. 

He has his favorite places to sniff and wander and I let him because this walk is really his, I just go along to keep him out of trouble. I often take my camera to keep me busy.  A few days ago as we set off, I told him I was not going to take one photo of anything I had seen before, so we needed fresh eyes and needed to take our time. I surprised myself when I came home and uploaded almost 35 photos of new and unseen things. I say almost 35 because there was a few of him in there and one of the two of us and we are by no means new. 

I am over at Focusing on Life today with my farewell post. It was a hard decision to make, but something I felt in my heart, I needed to do. I hope you will drop by and take a peek. There you will see Basil and I saying goodbye to all the wonderful friends I have made over there.  

it is the last weekend before Christmas, 
is your shopping done?? 
xooox 

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JUSTIN

"We begin to find and become ourselves when we notice how we are already found, already truly, entirely, wildly, messily, marvelously who we were born to be."  ~ Anne Lamott 
 

Here is what I know for sure. . . 
~ you are the one who made me a mother
~ you have a huge heart and always put others before yourself
~ you have taught me to look at my motives and think of others instead of myself 
~ you are the first one to jump in and help me around the house when you are home
~ you are an amazing "father" 
~ you are now a college graduate (congratulations!) 
~ you love to fish, you love to talk fish, you love to watch people fish, you love fish
~ you can talk to anyone and make them feel comfortable 
~ you love mac and cheese and peanut butter but have to be reminded to eat sometimes
~ you have taught me it's sometimes all about the accessories, the hat, the shoes, the ink
~ you love deeply and with a full heart 
~ you are my hero. . .  

Happy birthday, 34 will be amazing, I just know it! 
Love, Mom