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Sunlit

Hello dear friends! I'm so sorry for my absence. My uncle passed suddenly and so I traveled to Florida for his memorial. It was a bittersweet trip...sadness and loss coupled with the heart warming sense of a family coming together and reconnecting. I saw cousins and aunts that I hadn't seen in over a decade. We cried, we hugged and we laughed too. My uncle would have liked that. My hubby and dear Grace stayed behind and I missed them but of course leaving your home for a period makes you appreciate it that much more. I am glad to be home.

Going from the Florida sun to the Oregon rain was a tough downshift though, so I thought today I would share with you dreamy images filled with warm sunlight. A little eye candy to start your week off right...

Can't you almost feel the warmth? Here in Portland, we live for the scattered sunbreaks that Spring delivers. We had one on Friday and I found myself driving down the road, sun roof open, windows down, radio up with a ridiculously huge grin on my face!

Although brief, it was magic.

Hope sunlight is flooding your day!

xo,

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Birthday Trip

Instead of a big party for my b'day, I decided a trip was a far better idea. A trip alone - a rare and sacred occurrence for a stay at home mom. I booked myself a red eye flight to Florida to visit one of my dearest friends. She just moved into a lovely house complete with pool and guest room...how perfect is that? I feel so lucky! The heat will be ridiculous and the humidity...ugh...my hair is going to hate me, but who cares. J is an outstanding friend. Her warmth, loyalty, constant support, artistic flair and brilliant mind add up to one pretty amazing woman. She's a real blessing in my life and I can't wait to catch up with her. We're actually going to try and make this a bit of an artists retreat. She's getting all her paints, brushes and canvases ready in case we feel inspired to create. I'm also hoping to journal, read and do some collage work too.

A few of the other things on the agenda...

Of course, it is completely necessary to have at least one... The end result...

And a healthy dose of...

I will be back on Aug. 31st! Have a fantastic week!

xo,

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