I took this photo yesterday in Starbucks and posted it on Instagram with the caption, “for tomorrow we cleanse. . .” not realizing that the paper beneath my cup sums up my advice for a happy marriage. “Talk things out. (have a ) sense of humor. (Sometimes) cut a rug.” Serendipity. Oh, and the definit
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Our little family at the Ocean. . . a little trip to Manzanita last Saturday So, it’s the New Year. Is your list of resolutions as long as mine? I figure I’ll wittle it down a bit and then maybe talk about it. This is a big year for me: turning 44 and that […]
I kidnapped IZ today for a quick trip to Cannon Beach. We usually try to head out there before the holiday for a little Christmas shopping–but with the 4th Sunday service this year, we didn’t make it. When today dawned a lovely sunny, promised 50 degrees: it seemed like the perfect opportunity to make up […
Ok, so there should probably be a photo with this post. But, the boy has a social life: so he’s not around today to snap a photo. Maybe later this week? Geo came home from Christmas shopping last night, “Oh, mom, you put my birthday tree up!” And then he got kinda quiet and […]
Yesterday’s forecast gave us a 30% chance of snow. But, then, the forecast didn’t factor in the collective prayers of Astoria’s children. In fact, that’s mostly what I heard on Sunday – “It’s going to SNOW!” Not a hope, but a conclusion.
Spending the day with these guys. This has been sitting in my draft folder for a day. Totally forgot to publish it. Um. I’m going to blame it on the turkey.
Happy Thanksgiving from Astoria, Oregon! It’s Thanksgiving here in the US. And I should probably say something profound or meaningful. But it’s too late, the Prosecco is already open, so instead I’ll just share the really silly things we’ve said today during Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Par
The dress code was “business casual” so of course I interpreted that to mean, artsy casual… IZ, my husband who already works ridiculous hours, was invited to be on the board of a local charity. They’re looking for good people. He’s good people. And he has mad skills they can really use, so he s
So cute, right? I thought so. I do not want another baby. I’m cruising toward 44 (that number seems like magic!) and the next chapter of our life story is keenly on my mind. Our son is nearly out the door and I’m thinking about what comes next for me. Because despite the writing [...]
Storm brewing Defying Gravity
A bit like this. . . This tray sits in the “pink” room’s window. I can see it from the hallway when I walk past, and the light pouring through it is so beautiful. I keep trying to capture it, but I either end up with an overexposed photo (see above) or I miss [...]
Via Bluntcard.com Thought for the day… or question: “Why do we judge each other?” Especially women judging other women. I get not liking someone. I get not liking what they do, or how they do it. When that happens, we should take my 80 year old friend’s suggestion, right? And just ignore and move o
This child. Is not a child any longer. Shh… don’t tell his mother. This child is driving me crazy. By all accounts, anyone as disorganized as he is should be failing out of college. A point I make. Often. He is excelling, which is annoying. And who does that? Succeeds at Calculus and Physics [...]
All over social media today. Anyone know the original source? I’d love to credit the artist. Tonight I found myself on a milk run. (Why are we always out of milk?) It was one of those “days” and I needed a bit of time with my thoughts, so I told the college student “No, [...]
via Pascale de Groof on pinterest I’ve been sitting with this idea for awhile. It’s one of those thoughts that is both profoundly obvious and deeply challenging. On both sides of the coin, people are not who you think they are. But in my case, I’ve been holding this thought in terms of the [...]
This is the problem with making proclamations. I kinda jinxed myself, right? I’ll confess, I’m finding it hard to keep up with all my obligations. There is so much to do — gardening, blogging, and laundry (oh my) end up on the floor. I’d tell you that I’m going to be better: but we saw [...]
Humoring his mother on the first day of college. It’s nearly 5 pm and he’s still not home. I’m going to take that as a sign he’s having a GREAT time! I’m in the thick of it here, but crossing my fingers, I’m hoping to be more present in October. Of course, I probably [...]
Hi. I’m Wende and I spin plates. Rather poorly at times, but spin I do. There are days when it feels as if there are more plates wobbling on the ground, just about to lose all sense of motion, than plates spinning neatly in the air. Each day begins as a lottery, a game of [...]
Spent yesterday “Aunting”. She’s captured our hearts!!
Along the river. . . For the past year, IZ and I have been walking the river on Saturdays. Weather permitting. It has become our sanctuary. Our ritual. Our way of exorcising all the pent up emotion that life throws at us Sunday through Friday. We talk about our dreams, our frustrations, our hopes. [...]
I have the same emotional response to Thursday as I do to Monday. I’m jolted by the reality that I am here, in this place. How did a weekend escape, a week slip by? Monday and Thursday turn in tandem, polar poles pushing against each other: and I am caught up in their dance.
This month in Sunday School I’ve been teaching prayer practices that are accessible to children. This week, we prayed with our 5 senses. Praying with our sense of taste was the most popular! So, we shared this practice with the whole congregation at closing and it was a huge hit! The next time you eat [...]
Here’s mine: ELEPHANT: one bite at a time. What’s yours??
Would it surprise you to know that I am a sucker for reality dating shows? I’m not ardent: I tend to google results after about 3 episodes and go back to watching true crime — but I’ll give most dating shows a glance at least once. So when this Spring’s utter rating failure (it’s [...]
Overheard at my house: I don’t know. It’s this stabby pain in my ovary. It’s relentless. ~Oh, I hate it when that happens. You hate it when your ovaries hurt? You have those now? ~I have sympathetic ovaries. . . I grew a pair. He thinks he’s so funny. Of course, me falling down in [...]
Day Two: every 80 minutes if you know what’s good for you. Apparently, we should be using this stuff every day, no matter the weather. Day two of summer seems like a good reminder to slather up now that the sun is around. And, even if the sun isn’t.
She slipped through the hole, Unbeknownst to us. The torn screen door banging against its frame. A pale looper caught up in a breeze not quite summer, but harbinger just the same. Dressed in dusty layers too fragile to touch, Not that we would, we cannot see her, But we can sense the change. The [...]
Wedding Toes IZ and I marked 23 years of marriage on Sunday. Because it was also Father’s Day we are celebrating later this month. Though, that didn’t stop him from surprising me with flowers and a card. He’s a romantic. Was then, is now. But the date has me in a reflective mood. And [...]
No, not blogging here right now. But I wanted to take a moment to point you toward this post over on Mireio. I’m planting seeds this summer to help feed the hungry in my community. I’m hoping you’ll want to join me… so, take a look and let me know. I have seeds just [...]