Good Changes

Life here has been full of changes this past year. Tons of it.

We moved twice.
Left the forest for the city.
Missed our Redwoods and moved out to the high Desert.
Homeschooled again.
Bought a home.
Adjusted to numerous flip-flopping schedule changes.
Set up the new dentist, doctors, life…

Change accompanied by the freedom to feel renewed and worn out all at the same time. :)

Change accompanied by the freedom to feel renewed and worn out all at the same time. :)


And now the three kids have just begun school. School-school as we call it around here–as opposed to homeschool.

And of course, that change right there has been the biggest adjustment in my life in a decade. Yes, nearly ten years at home with these loves. A job I certainly dreamt of having when I was younger, and yet never expected to come to fruition. And homeschooling?! Never planned that, and yet what an absolute treat to have been able to spend even more time with these growing-up-too-fast kids.

All three are off to school for the first time!

All three are off to school for the first time!

As the kids settle into their new community at school I’m left to smile, breathe, and weave…in my dreams! Ha! No, my reality still has me busy cooking, laundry, cleaning, and as of late, trying to get a new stove. :)

But the uncomfortable stage is in the past now. I can effectively use a “smartphone” at last. The constantly-late-everywhere syndrome has improved now that I know the distances between all of our usual places. And heck, we have usual places at last again.

And so my new journey begins. At last.

My husband's day begins with the ever-dependable sun rising over Anza Borrego State Park.

My husband’s day begins with the ever-dependable sun rising over Anza Borrego State Park.


And I’m excited. Really, truly excited. And a tad anxious. And a bit overwhelmed. But most certainly absolutely flying on the high of being set free from daily child care, for 5.5 hours each day anyhow. Time for me to forge a new path.

Anyone else out there feeling the freedom or discomforts of change?

Gratitude: For Humanity

As the vantage that we see the world from these days broadens in its own narrow way (I’m thinking of Facebook in particular since I find myself there most often, catching updates on friends and family, news of the world, opinions and reviews and ideas on every subject, and of course, inspiration), this week has been difficult to watch.

To see the dirtiness of politics as the presidential races begin with their disastrous, ugly name-calling aside gorgeous picnics, family outings.

News of friendly cops and a scroll later racism stealing lives away in broad daylight.

And of course this week’s blow to the universe, I see friends enjoying their last beach weekend for the summer followed by the reality of a Syrian exodus that reminds us that even now in 2015 we will never be immune to conflict, fear and pain.

I feel myself crumbling as I struggle my own inner battle to figure out how I

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