Rooted in Love

Today we celebrated a wonderful woman whose love and light touched so many.

Her service lasted for two hours, before lunch was even served, because there were so many meaningful stories and songs and love to share. It was amazing to witness.

She loved life and was the best she could be. She fought cancer and never gave up. They told her she had five months to live and she fought and survived for almost six years, until the cancer completely consumed her.

There were several lessons I learned today and throughout the years from her. The thing that stood out the most to me was how she really lived out her values every day and loved everyone, sharing a smile and conversation and connections, always. 

She knew who she was and what was important to her and she lived accordingly, creating the best life possible, for herself, her husband, her family and for all those with whom she associated.

I admire her and how she chose to live it up, love it out, sing out loud, and to love everyone and to be of service. She had a clear purpose and was rooted, solid, and graceful.

God speed, Mom #2.  Thank you for being an angel on earth and now an angel in heaven. 

“So,there! Put that in your pipe and smoke it. Shine it.”  Shine on, bright star.


Day 1: Farewell

I am… Loved
I am… Tired
I am…Content
I am… Sad
I am…Happy
I am… Anxious
I am… Excited
I am… Scared
I am…Curious
I am…Thankful
I am…Done

We are (almost all) packed and ready to go in the morning. I am so thankful for all my friend’s who stopped by and shared well wishes and hugs this week. I am thankful for my family who has helped us pack and clean and feed and spoil us. Come visit us in Holland and keep in touch!! xo

Best Friends

Day 72: Coming and Going

People are always coming and going and leaving and returning. I love when our paths cross.

I was so happy that my family came to visit me for Mother’s Day. And felt so sad when they left today to go home. I enjoyed their visit very much and was so happy to be together. And yet, I’m sure they were excited to go home today, back to their own beds and comforts and probably also a bit sad to leave, knowing that it won’t be as easy to see each other in a couple months as it was this weekend. Ying and Yang. The feelings are so intermixed.


Me and K right before she had to get in the car for the 6 hour car ride home. 😦

I guess I’m getting practice for the big move and savoring the moments, and learning to let go. Not forever, but still – you get what I mean. 

Where are you going this week? Who’s coming over? Who’s leaving? Who’s returning? Hope you enjoy the ride!!  





My Mama

My mama leaves today, after being with us for two weeks. She flew up from Southern California so I could go to Holland for a week and she could be me, watching the kids and getting them to all their various appointments. She is the most industrious, loving and giving person I have ever met, and she never seems to tire. She gives from the heart and expects nothing in return except love. It’s amazing how many lives she touches. I love you mama and am so thankful for you. Thank you for loving me and my family and for taking care of us and playing with us. I am going to miss you and your spaghetti sauce. Hurry back so I can beat you at Suduko! xoxo