Monthly Archives: January 2013

1440 {29} :: in spite of the rain

i’m sitting here, listening to the rain pour down, here in the south. i left the back door open, even though it’s january 30th. because it’s 68 degrees out and i can hear birds singing. through the sound of the rain. i wonder how it is that they sing while the rain pours down? don’t […]

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Angela - January 31, 2013 - 12:29 pm

What great perspective! We had a warm front but the snow is coming our way too. Have a great weekend, friend!

Tamar Strauss-Benjamin - January 31, 2013 - 12:56 pm

You make it look so pretty!! We’ve got the nasty rainy weather today. I am ready to see the sun!

Stephanie - January 31, 2013 - 2:43 pm

Lovely! Needed this!

Amy Avery - January 31, 2013 - 7:40 pm

What a beautiful post Patty! If only we all could sing our songs loudly in spite of “whatever” because there was too much living to do. Hope you have a wonderful weekend and sing lots of songs out loud!

Pieces of Sunshine - February 1, 2013 - 12:19 am

Beautifully expressed and captured. Yes we must keep singing and living despite the rain – and the floods from which we narrowly escaped this week.

Tiaras & Tantrums - February 1, 2013 - 6:07 am

we had 4 days of rain and the temp peaked at 62 degrees! Unheard of in Jan here! Today – 18 degrees with a windshield of -9! FREEZING right now!!!

Kim Cunningham - February 1, 2013 - 12:56 pm

Refreshing! Spring is on the way!

Laurie - February 1, 2013 - 1:00 pm

You are a better woman than me…when it rains…I just want to curl up in bed with a book. No camera girl for me:) Great pics.

Dina@4LettreWords - February 1, 2013 - 1:06 pm

It’s certainly been crazier than normal this year. Lovely shots of the rain, Patty!

Kim Stevens - February 1, 2013 - 2:42 pm

And who knew that rain could be such a great photo op! I now love when it rains just enough to capture it in a photo but not enough to still get wet on my covered front porch!

Brenna D (@chicagomama) - February 4, 2013 - 10:52 pm

Beautiful photos of such a beautiful day. Thank you for sharing. Oh , how I wish my doors could be opened up today :)

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Costa Rica, Adventure Day in the Jungle, part 1

I know… feels like this trip will never end, right?  😉 It actually went by very quickly for us. Saturday through Saturday with six full days of adventure activities. Puts “vacation” in a whole new perspective. On this particular day, we hiked up from jungle camp, a little deeper into the jungle, and spent the […]

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin - January 29, 2013 - 3:24 pm

Ok, I need to stop reading about this amazing trip when it is snowing and freezing in Boston!! I am so putting this gorgeous place on my bucket list!!!

Kathy - January 29, 2013 - 3:50 pm

Oh this is sooooo one of my bucket list items….zip lining in Costa Rica!

Kim Stevens - January 29, 2013 - 7:25 pm

Oh, I do hope this vacation never ends personally – living this Costa Rica thing through you has been fun!

Ross - January 30, 2013 - 6:29 am

This looks really amazing! Thanks for your comments on my blog. I will be contacting you so I can get some information from you in regards to the guide company. Hope your having a great week!

Rebecca Cooper - February 2, 2013 - 4:22 am

Great photos….looks like SO much fun! :)

[…] spending the morning zip lining, and a delicious lunch back at Jungle Camp, we decided to explore the rainforest on the other side […]

1440 {28} :: Costa Rica, Jungle Camp

We paddled over two hours down the River Pacuare to reach our Jungle Camp. It was beautiful, really. In a very rustic sort of way. It sat up on a mountainside, in the heart of the rainforest, over-looking the river. We fell asleep and awoke to the sounds of the jungle… birds, insects and the […]

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Dina@4LettreWords - January 25, 2013 - 11:34 am

I know I said it before, but what an adventure, Patty! Tho, 2-hours of paddling makes my arms burn. :) Gorgeous shots, as always. I think Costa Rica would certainly be proud!

Amy Avery - January 25, 2013 - 11:43 am

As I was looking at and reading your post, Patty, I was thinking, “Wow, now that is living real life!” And to find out that this place is called Pura Vida. I have loved all of these posts about Costa Rica that you have shared. Thank you! Stay safe with the ice out today!

Tamar Strauss-Benjamin - January 25, 2013 - 12:53 pm

Just looking at these amazing pictures warms me up on this frigid, frigid morning! Thanks for hosting the link-up!

Stephanie - January 25, 2013 - 1:24 pm

I’ve always wanted to go to Costa Rica. These photos are awesome!

Marty - January 25, 2013 - 1:49 pm

What a wonderful trip!

Serendipity is Sweet - January 25, 2013 - 3:00 pm

Incredible! I love the candle light images. What a fantastic experience for you all!

Kim Cunningham - January 25, 2013 - 3:09 pm

Amazing place and photos! Looks so wonderful. I could do without the spider though…Yikes!

Kathy - January 25, 2013 - 3:11 pm

Wow, what an AMAAAAAAAZING adventure and experience!

Kim Stevens - January 26, 2013 - 12:49 am

Ahhh, I am so loving these photos and your adventure and I don’t want it to end… :)

I do so love the photos he took of you all at the table at night, so beautiful! And that spider looks like some of the ones around here in Texas…yes everything is bigger here! haha

June - January 26, 2013 - 4:31 pm

Looks like a fabulous time! You can keep the spiders, but the orchids are stunning! Isn’t everything centered around the kitchen ? :)

Ross - January 28, 2013 - 1:11 am

What a once in a lifetime experience! These photos are amazing! I think the whole candlelight experience would just be the ultimate. My wife and I are thinking about a trip to Costa Rica and reading your blog just makes me want to go all the more!

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Grace, and Authenticity

I struggled this year with the idea of Grace. Not God-grace, but maybe God-given grace… Unconditional love and acceptance and non-judgement of the human kind. Which is all lovely, until you meet someone who is mean to you or someone you love. Or for me, when untruth hits you in the face. When disappointment rolls […]

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Southern Gal - January 24, 2013 - 1:28 pm

Love the realness here. That’s why I keep coming back. The pictures are fabulous, by the way.

Carolyn Grenkoski - January 24, 2013 - 1:42 pm

Patty you are perfect when you accept the imperfections and embrace the lessons you learn from them… Love your pictures and the true glimpses into who you are. It is easy to see your beauty. It is much more difficult to show people your soul…Thanks for sharing those raw and unrehearsed moments!!!

MG Atwood - January 24, 2013 - 1:46 pm

Good for you. Grace can be challenging at times. Something for all of us to rmember.

Tamar Strauss-Benjamin - January 24, 2013 - 1:53 pm

Happy birthday to you!! ou look so happy! Enjoy your year around the sun!

Kathy - January 24, 2013 - 3:24 pm

Oh my. I struggle with Grace all the time. I know what I WANT to do…but can’t seem to achieve it when it would prove to be the most useful. Happy birthday to you, there is beauty in the everyday…and you illustrate it wonderfully :)

Amy Avery - January 24, 2013 - 3:26 pm

Oh you are the real deal Patty! You are one of the most sincere authentically beautiful people I know. oxox

Heather D Livesay - January 24, 2013 - 4:58 pm

Thanks Patty, been struggling a bit here lately and this was a wonderful message for me to see. You inspire hope. Thank You again,

Elizabeth W. Marshall - January 24, 2013 - 6:52 pm

Oh it is so wonderful to meet you…..visiting from Em’s. I love the real, the authentic and the pure joy of this post. And happy birthday to you.Your photos make my heart pitter patter and your smile is captivating. Hoping to see you again at Emily’s place. Wishing you JOy.

Ewa "Mom Photographer" - January 24, 2013 - 8:04 pm

there is nothing wrong in being imperfect and trying to embrace it!
wonderful post with such real photos!

Dina@4LettreWords - January 25, 2013 - 11:36 am

The 1st thing I noticed were all the smiles! Such a lovely post…and happy (belated) birthday, my friend!!

Stephanie - January 25, 2013 - 1:27 pm

Happy birthday! Looks like a great one. I love these photos! They really capture the moment. You look so beautiful and happy :-)

Serendipity is Sweet - January 25, 2013 - 3:01 pm

Beautiful!! Happy belated birthday :)

June - January 26, 2013 - 1:45 am

Heartwarmingly beautiful :) Happy Birthday!

emily wierenga - January 26, 2013 - 6:53 pm

oh, what a gift, to receive the REAL you, and on your birthday too! happiest of days, friend. you are so, so beautiful.

And On The Way to Jungle Camp…

We left the comfort of our Bed and Breakfast in Turrialba on our third day. We loaded our bus and headed for the river, which we paddled by raft for two hours, and eventually ended up at the Jungle Camp. We planned to stay there for two nights. Along the way, we made a surprise […]

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Tina´s PicStory - January 22, 2013 - 8:53 am

wow! great pics! i love the little frog :)

Paul O'Rourke - January 22, 2013 - 9:24 am

Lovely set of shots, the frog on the glasses is brilliant. Seen from Kent Weakly Sweet Shot Tuesday.

Gemma Wiseman - January 22, 2013 - 9:25 am

What an incredible adventure! And I have never seen such a colourful frog! And a people loving frog too!

Molly - January 22, 2013 - 9:33 am

What an amazing trip… and Penelope is a stunning creature!


Pieni lintu - January 22, 2013 - 9:52 am

So cool!!! :)

Janine @ Just a Moment - January 22, 2013 - 10:40 am

Great photos! It must have been a great trip.

Patricia (Pollywog Creek) - January 22, 2013 - 11:54 am

Awesome captures! Love them all.

Southern Gal - January 22, 2013 - 12:24 pm

Fabulous adventure! Love all the shots.

Amy @ The Avery House - January 22, 2013 - 1:30 pm

I have loved all of your AMAZING photos from your trip. We went on a trip last year and hiked in the rain forest. It was awesome and I long to go back there daily. I hope that you have a wonderful week. Saw you again on Fit and Fun. You look fabulous as always!

Jill Wellington - January 22, 2013 - 1:35 pm

Wow! That looks like and amazing trip. The little frog is so colorful and FUN! Great photo of the snake head.

MG Atwood - January 22, 2013 - 2:27 pm

What a great adventure you’re having! I love that frog!

becky @ farmgirl paints - January 22, 2013 - 3:40 pm

amazing…paddles in hand. how awesome. wondering what you did with your camera while you were paddling? i would freak that it would end up in that river!

Lizzy - January 22, 2013 - 11:58 pm

Great shots of Penelope especially the one on the sunglasses!

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