1440 {83} :: Snowed In

i had the grandest of intentions.

and isn’t that always the truth?

the big ticket wishes, the i’m gonna’s and i swear’s…

and life comes [c]rushing in

it was the last day

the day we thought we were through

our bodies begged it, our hearts wished it, our heads were ready for it

and we awoke to 8″ of beautiful fresh snow, with talk of 42″ total and no end in sight, but we were reassured that we would get out. others always had. always. they were prepared for this, old pro’s and well rehearsed. so we called the bell-hop and loaded our packages and he said, i feel compelled to tell you…

the airport just called to say they are closed.

it took a few moments to absorb, and i’m sure our mouths hung agape. surreal. but there was no room there, sold out. even though their expected guests couldn’t arrive, their rooms were guaranteed.
out you go.

so we called a cab and the driver was sure he could get us there, and this was his dream, not his wife’s, to live in wyoming, driving east coast guests through the mountains, to the airport, in the snow. and he was all snarky-like and told me i was pretty.

the planes were neither coming nor going and all the people with all their luggage and no one smiles. except me. because i have a clear understanding that you can’t control the weather, and sometimes, stuff just happens. and you know what? the next day? we’ll still be okay. and the kids at home? they’ll be okay, too. and work? check. and the pets? check. and we will all eventually get to where we are going. because that’s how it works. stuff happens, but really, everything is gonna be okay. so why be stuck and miserable, too?

and i know i’m lucky that way. one, because that’s my nature, but also, because we have that luxury. we have choices. not everyone that day at that airport had choices. i know that. but i still choose to not be miserable, too.

{so next time you get stuck in an airport thousands of miles from home on a snowy saturday {{or just when stuff happens}}, don’t be miserable. choose an adventure instead}.

so we hopped in a car with strangers and no one knew the others’ names. and he drove us 8 hours through purple mountains – through three states, from wyoming through idaho into utah – and through a blizzard called Titan that stretched from sea to shining sea. the couple next to me spoke korean but i’m pretty sure she’s an architect who owns her own business and she built beautiful, sleek buildings in korea with lighting that evokes emotion, i swear. i saw her pictures. she has three children and she wants her oldest to not move back home, because she’s tired, and i know that feeling, too, {but i would never want for them to not come home}. she doesn’t like her korean ginseng candy, but loves french fries. and we had 8 hours to decipher each other’s gestures and broken language, and her pictures on her cell phone helped, too. but the point is, strangers who share adventure and risk sharing themselves become a part of each other’s history.

there was this thing that we shared.

 her name was Jun. in the middle of blizzard Titan, i sat with Jun. and i thought that that was just lovely, too.

we drove down out of the mountains into salt lake city, with her beautiful buildings and melting snow.

our flight was scheduled for 2:30 the next day

so i told my parents to leave the next morning as they had planned. we would be home that night, the kids would be okay. and we settled into our airport hotel with crisp, white linens and cheap wine.

{come by next week to read the rest of this adventure}

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Dina@4LettreWords - March 14, 2014 - 12:08 pm

Now, that’s some serious snow!

Barbara Hurst - March 14, 2014 - 1:16 pm

These are just wonderfully gorgeous, all while and untouched.

Tiaras & Tantrums - March 14, 2014 - 1:32 pm

oh we received more snow too! I’m so over winter right now!

Kristy, Life-n-Reflection - March 14, 2014 - 5:43 pm

You’re right life is full adventures!

Lisa @ FSL - March 14, 2014 - 6:37 pm

WY is on our short list for retirement… after seeing these picture I think it just moved up on the list. Visiting from Kim’s

Thanks for hosting! These are a couple of pictures of my garden *before* Wednesday’s storm hit!

Suzanne - March 15, 2014 - 1:24 am

The best way to live….
Open to possibilities,
to connections, to
surprise and wonder
and unexpected new
friendships.

Love it!

xo Suzanne

Molly - March 15, 2014 - 6:22 pm

Oh my goodness that is one serious adventure… I am on tenterhooks now about the ending

Mollyxxx

cathy @ ma vie trouvee - March 18, 2014 - 12:05 am

BEAUTIFUL photos! what an adventure! I live in singapore so what you experienced with the language is my daily life : ) isn’t it great?

Becky - March 19, 2014 - 1:27 am

You are a beautiful story teller girlie. I love your new banner Btw.

Julia - March 20, 2014 - 7:30 pm

love-love-love! it’s great when those adventures happen! cannot wait to read the rest of it :-)

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1440 {82} :: From 12,000 Feet


This is Jake.
He comes to watch my kids when my husband and I steal away.
And he usually brings my mom & dad, too, because he doesn’t like to leave them home alone.

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we settle in, seatbelts on, cell phones off. books and magazines and headphones on our laps, and he nods off just as soon as our plane takes flight. 

i look out the window, and watch the world go by and wonder how different things look from so far away. almost unreal, like my sons’ train sets from so long ago, with buildings and trees and tracks that move. as if i could reach right out that window and pluck a house from its foundation, dust in the wind.

and i think about the people, scurrying about, living life, doing the important. never even noticing a plane in the air with a woman sitting in her window seat, the love of her life sleeping contently, and her children growing right out of reach, as the plane climbs and the years roll by.

and we stood at the front desk, waiting our turn. and i smiled as i watched them, three littles and their big sister lost in the plastic in the palm of her hands. they clung to the brass luggage cart like spiders on a web. one yelled out, i’ll push!! and the other replied, i’ll ride!! as he climbed up and up, over the groceries and onto the luggage. and the littlest knocked a yogurt onto the floor. suddenly she noticed and tried to corral them. she pulled the little one up by his arm with one hand and reached for the yogurt with her other, hushing the boys and begging her daughter for help.

and then she noticed me.

she glanced up and our eyes met, and suddenly she was flushed with embarrassment and humility. and fatigue.

and she mouthed, i’m sorry.

i smiled at her, from the very center of my soul. i hope she saw in my eyes that i know. i understand like only a mother could. 

and i told her, you will miss this. i promise.

she didn’t believe me. she humbly smiled at me. with just her mouth. so i knew.

in the heart of this hands full, body weary, spirit drained time, how could she believe me? they were little in the flesh and being all grown up and independent, let alone well-mannered and {quiet} never even entered her imagination. that time seemed so, so far away. an impossibility.

like housese and cities and mountains and fields from 12,000 feet,

things look so different from far away.

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so sorry i missed you last week. my husband and i ran away, flew west, and there was adventure and snow and sketchy internet.

and life.

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Taras & Tantrums - March 7, 2014 - 5:01 am

hope you had a lovely time!! It is so true – the time is so fleeting . . . my kiddos are still young, not so very young any longer that I can’t see straight, but I do miss those moments of utter chaos!

Dina@4LettreWords - March 7, 2014 - 11:25 am

Wow…so pretty…and I’ve loved your shares on IG.

Jessica - March 7, 2014 - 11:59 am

Oh yes…how she will miss it….great post.

Kathy - March 7, 2014 - 12:50 pm

Hope you had a wonderful get away!

Barbara Hurst - March 7, 2014 - 2:24 pm

I love shots from a plane and goodness you had a great seat to get these shots, marvelous shots. So lovely

Kim Cunningham - March 7, 2014 - 2:32 pm

This is a gorgeous pot from top to bottom. The images are stunning and your words poetic. I have often tried to imagine people flying overhead in planes. I wondered where they were going and what they were doing. Yet it is easy to just see the plane and not the lives filling it up as it flies overhead. Loved this! Loved your words on motherhood.

Sheila - March 7, 2014 - 5:11 pm

Lovely post – i hope your get-away was wonderful. Beautiful images!

Kristy, Life-n-Reflection - March 7, 2014 - 7:17 pm

What a gorgeous retreat and love the way you write!

Sharon - March 8, 2014 - 3:56 am

Beautiful writing. And lovely photos. My favorite is your photo of Jake. The light makes him truly shine.

Suzanne - March 12, 2014 - 2:37 am

Loved flying away
with you for a few
minutes….

Your wisdom and
grace shine through
in your thoughts and
pictures.

Don’t ever apologize
for enjoying your life–
that time is so precious!

xo Suzanne

Becky - March 20, 2014 - 12:49 am

You mesmerize me with your words.

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50 Intentional Acts of Kindness & A New Blog

this idea evolved as i wrote this blog post  last week. as i whittle away at this goal, i hope to also write more about kindness, and i hope you will consider joining me by  creating your own kindness project and writing about it on your blog. then, link your post here on the first monday of each month. you can include one or numerous things you did, your ‘victims” response, or just a post with your thoughts on kindness.

50 intentional acts of kindness

no.1 

i have a dear friend who loves to travel and who loves to have something to look forward to. she and her husband had been planning a trip for close to a year, and three days before they were scheduled to leave, she started to have symptoms of a week-long cold that’s been going around our area… sore throat, runny nose, headache. i knew she was worried about being sick while away. she unknowingly became my very first target for an intentional act of kindness.

i filled a gift bag with the following items:

  • a funny get-well card
  • a microwaveable bowl of chicken noodle soup
  • sparkling water flavored with citrus juice
  • cough drops
  • small container of vaseline
  • tissues
  • headache medicine
  • vitamin C lollipops
  • medicated lip balm

i knew she was home resting, so i left the bag on her doorstep, drove away, then texted her, “knock, knock! come open your front door!”  a few minutes later she sent me the most heart-felt thank-you text. it made my day more than it made hers, i’m sure.

ps: she left for her trip a few days later, and from the looks of her Instagram feed, she’s feeling just fine!  :)

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also, before you go, i want to share this awesome new blog with you. it’s called, Sports Mom Survival Guide. uh, hello? why-oh-why wasn’t this around about four years ago at the height of our busyness with at least three different sports teams at any given time?! if you have a child, and especially if you have a few, who are involved in sports, you will appreciate this blog. heather and angela have compiled everything a mom-on-the-go can use to make a sporting life easier… from recipes and coach’s gift suggestions, to what to wear on the sidelines, you will find it here. posts are quick, useful, and relevant.
and this week? they are offering a $100 amazon gift card give-away. 


Southern Gal - March 3, 2014 - 12:19 pm

What a sweet way to minister to a friend in need. I can’t wait to see other ideas.

1440 {81} :: Fifteen, Five and Fifty

My daughter turned fifteen this weekend. Eeks. Where did my little dancer girl go? She’s wearing make-up and giggling over ‘vine-famous’ boys and asking when we will be going for her driver’s permit. I’m so grateful she’s always kept me withIN arms’ length, because now, as she’s running headlong into adulthood, I feel like I know her so well. She’s not a strange being living in my house, occupying my daughter’s room. She’s still that dancer girl, just a little taller, a lot more mature, and oh-so lovely.

I just realized I’ve been blogging for five years. And while I’m so busy over here in my new blog space, hanging the last few pictures and setting out new content for you to explore when I finally reveal, I let the day go totally unnoticed. This past January marked my fifth year of blogging. Five years. For real. It seems fitting that I would be renovating after so much time, so much growing, has passed. It also seems fitting that I would be reassessing and setting new goals for my presence here. I love finding serendipity, and I’ve loved this sacred space. I’ve especially loved the friendships I’ve found here, the support and encouragement. 

And y’all. {I’m turning fifty.} There. I said it out loud. I’ve spent more than a year lamenting this fact. It hit hard when it finally hit, as did the hormones and the depression, and now I’m just tired of it. So. What. My body is turning fifty. {My spirit is oh-so much younger!} And there is simply not a thing I can do about it. Next year? I’ll be turning fifty ONE. {Don’t tell anyone.} I decided I need an attitude adjustment about this.

One of the girls I work out with is turning thirty this year and she decided to run 30 5K’s {or longer} before she turns 30. Okay. I’m not psycho. I promise there will be no quest to run 50 5K’s in the next year.;)But there is a project I am interested in committing to…

I’ve noticed a few women on Pinterest who have done “Random Acts of Kindness” projects… and I have a friend who worked up to his 50th by doing good things for others, so I’m folllowing their lead… My own twist?

Intentional for several reasons. First, this is my year to BE intentional, so I think this project should follow suit. Second? Because I think we should treat those we love the best, and I think we should always be intentional about kindness with those closest to us. And by intentional, what I mean is to perform an act of kindness to meet someone’s specific need or desire. These things don’t have to be big and the receiver doesn’t have to know {preferably won’t know} who gifted them. I already have a few ideas in mind. 

I have to begin with two acts each week because I’m already 6 weeks behind, but then I can taper down to one each week. What a wonderful reminder this will be to give my best. Kindness doesn’t have to be gifts; in fact, kindness is probably best given in deed. I can’t wait!:)

If you’d like to join me, let me know in the comments. I’m thinking of hosting a link-up on the first Monday of the month where you can share your acts of kindness, random or not, and thereby, we can inspire each other. The hope is that by offering kindness, maybe we will start a ripple effect. What say ye?

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Dina Lettre - February 21, 2014 - 12:07 pm

That web is glorious!

Stephanie - February 21, 2014 - 12:17 pm

You do not realize how inspiring you are! You are very accomplished at your young age :) !

Laura Hegfield - February 21, 2014 - 12:31 pm

BEautiful photos as always. Patricia I love, love, LOVE this idea! I will enter my fiftieth year (turn 49) on March 24th and this totally resonates with me! Count me in for doing intentional acts of kindness and posting them on my blog and linking up to yours starting on my birthday. It overlaps with I Heart Macro, so I can invite participants in IHM to join in with your link up too!

Congratulations on five years of blogging… I celebrated six years yesterday:-)

Rebecca Marcum - February 21, 2014 - 12:41 pm

I LOVE this idea Patty! I’ve actually been trying to think of 40 things for my BIG year starting in May. I have not even started, but you have inspired me (as always) to REALLY think about it! I look forward to hearing how your fabulous year goes. By the way, 50 is the new 30! <3 :)

Kim - February 21, 2014 - 12:43 pm

Congratulations on turning 50 and still making women everywhere jealous. I’d love to join you in the random acts. As for blogging, I’m at a crossroads again. I can’t stay focused.:)

Kathy - February 21, 2014 - 2:52 pm

Oh my, love that first shot and how that cute face is framed by the fence! Happy 15th to your “little” one! Happy 50th YEAR to you too! Love the idea about the random acts of kindness. Not sure I will be able to do a blog post about it, but count me in on “paying it forward” :) )

Kristy, Life-n-Reflection - February 21, 2014 - 11:32 pm

What a wonderful idea, I hope you’ll share a few here!

Molly - February 22, 2014 - 12:14 am

What a lovely idea…. and congratulations on your birthday.

Mollyxxx

Suzanne - February 23, 2014 - 2:38 am

Since my word for 2014
is RIPPLES, you know I love
this! What a great way to
celebrate turning the big
5-0. Congrats on all of the
milestones, my friend and
enjoy celebrating this amazing
life!

xo Suzanne

Cecily R - February 23, 2014 - 2:43 am

The web shots? Stunning. Amazing.

The project? Inspiring. Amazing.

Julia - February 23, 2014 - 3:05 am

Fabulous post, Patty- 50- Ahhhhhh- My spirit is oh so much younger! I get it.
I approach 57 next week- How did that happen!? :-) I am finally coming into an acceptance of sorts with the 5-0 decade. There are so many positives. A favorite saying of my husband’s is: Aging is mandatory, getting old is optional~
As always, your photos are stunning- and I think 50 random acts of kindness is spectacular- I’m all in :-)

Life with Kaishon - February 23, 2014 - 12:12 pm

Oh! I absolutely love this. How wonderful. : ) I think living the way you are going to live this year is the best way to live. You will make such a big difference in the world. Happy Birthday to your baby also. 13! Time flies.

Becky - March 1, 2014 - 12:16 pm

Acts of kindness seems like a much better use of your time than 5ks,but that’s just my opinion. You are gonna rock 50.

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1440 {80} :: Gold Crush and a Sneak-Peek

what can i say?
i grew up in the 80′s

i actually didn’t care too much for gold back then, but then i met my husband and he gifted me with golden trinkets. time marched on, as it always does, and along with it, changes in fashion and style and we all fell in love with silver.

rings and charms and necklaces too sentimental to part with stowed away in little boxes. each a reminder of an occasion, a holiday, an anniversary, a birthday… and especially, a ‘just because’

i still love my silver, but oh that gold. recently, i’m just drawn to it… in fashion, in decor, in my little boxes hidden away…

even out in the fields…

and in artful design elements

and new logos

 {hint, hint}

and always, always, always…

in the light

hope your valentine’s is blessed with the golden warmth of love and friendship

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ps:: come see what i’ve collected on my gold crush pinterest board

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Laura Hegfield - February 14, 2014 - 1:33 pm

How beautiful!

Viv @ within the Frame - February 14, 2014 - 1:40 pm

Gorgeous, gorgeous light…Visiting from Friday Finds.

Dina Lettre - February 14, 2014 - 1:44 pm

Glorious gold!

Southern Gal - February 14, 2014 - 1:53 pm

All my jewelry is gold, too. Except for the few white gold pieces my mama bought me because she loves white gold. Love the glorious gold photos.

rebecca - February 14, 2014 - 1:57 pm

Beautiful golden light. I’ll take that treasure any day.

Margie - February 14, 2014 - 2:02 pm

Your captures are magical.

rebecca - February 14, 2014 - 2:02 pm

Love your Pinterest boards, we have a lot of similar boards. I like you board per color idea, I hadn’t thought of that one!

Kathy - February 14, 2014 - 3:17 pm

Totally with ya on the gold! I adore that shot of the flower in silhouette in the forefront with the sun behind. Beautiful!

Michelle B - February 14, 2014 - 3:28 pm

Your gold is beautiful! I love the flower framed by the sun.

Tiaras & Tantrums - February 14, 2014 - 3:46 pm

these images are stunning!

Molly - February 14, 2014 - 4:46 pm

Wow, these images are so beautiful. They remind me of summer and the warmth of the sun.

Mollyxxx

Kim - February 14, 2014 - 9:07 pm

Beautiful, my friend. Happy Valentines Day!

kissed by an angel - February 14, 2014 - 11:39 pm

WOW, how beautiful all your photos are!!! All the golden light is so divine! Really great!!!
Enjoy a wonderful time!

Kristy, Life-n-Reflection - February 15, 2014 - 2:00 pm

So beautiful!

Ross - February 20, 2014 - 3:12 pm

What amazing shots these are! Your use of the light is fantastic! Hope your having a great week.

Julia - February 23, 2014 - 3:07 am

Just beautiful! Absolutely! Thank you for sharing all this gorgeous gold-

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