March 23, 2015

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I’ve coming to the desert for 20 years, now.  Tucson has taken it’s place in my heart as a home.  And, anyone that knows me, well, knows that home is my heart.

I’m sitting at a desk, in the room I don’t usually stay in, in my parents home situated in the foot hills.  My view is fixed on the valley, the mountains behind, and the tall long armed saguaro cactus right in front of me.  This is the the room my grandpa always stayed in.  The room that belongs to our dear friends who, for 15 years, have traveled here with us.  And, the room that I holed up in with Liam Brave, 3 months old, inconsolable.  Nursing wouldn’t calm him and for some, hormonal, reason it made me sick to my stomach and with thoughts of panic, every single time I fed him.  This room is more than a room.

I brought all my babies here.  Spent sick days, huge and pregnant, here.  My first had her first birthday here.  We were here on that dreadful day in September 2001.  Awakened by a call from my Dad, and rushed to wake our friends.  We watched the news, cried, and prayed. Tucson might be the strongest tradition my kids have had.  This southwest sky will, no doubt, paint the colors of childhood in their memory.  This place will always be my heart because it was where family was family.  Beginnings of my babies, forever friendships fostered, special times with siblings, precious time with parents…..a place they had for themselves, always with the intention to share with us.  This house is more than a house.

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September 2, 2014

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sometimes you just stumble upon something so amazing it’s almost dream like, and thus deserves an entire post all unto it self.   this is giraffe manor, a luxury boutique hotel in nairobi, kenya.  not only is this old building fairytale like an old building covered in greens, but the herd of rothschild giraffe’s that make their home there.  can you imagine waking up to a giraffe popping it’s head into your window looking for a snack?

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and, the accomodations are quite stunning.  wouldn’t you agree?

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giraffe manor is now on my one day some day list of places to travel to.  i’m all for dream like real life travel.

where is the most magical place you’ve ever traveled to or would like to visit?

more on travel here and other dream like images i like to collect.

images : the safari collection / honestly wtf / next trip tourism 

August 21, 2014

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i have been thinking a lot about vacation.  like a real vacation.  not a business trip.  not a conference.  not a family holiday trip.  a straight up nothing to do but vacation vacation.  it’s been a little too long.  while my favorite places to go almost always include europe and exploring, i’ve been dreaming of a beach (most recently this pink beach) lately.  sitting, listening, reading.  nothing to do and no agenda.

i have no beach vacation planned, but i do like to plan all kinds of trips, even if only for my one day some day wish list.  the other day i happened upon chateau de la resle, a luxury retreat in burgundy, france and i thought it looked pretty amazing and like something i needed to share.  france is always a place i want to visit.  i’ve only been once for a few days and it seems like that was forever ago.  i’ve never been to a chateau and hadn’t envisioned a modern one, but i’m liking what i see.

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this staircase is worth saving in a one day, some day house kind of design file!

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thursdays always require a little escape, even if it’s virtual . . . so click through to see more of this modern chateau, complete with a sauna.

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May 29, 2014

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i shared last week on london, shalom and coming home.  only i hadn’t sat down to linger on london.  and, i’m really still a little in awe that i landed there again this year.  last year was a very unexpected trip and nothing short of a grace gift from above.  and, i couldn’t have known, 12 months ago, that the gift of going would begin an unplanned journey over this past year.  a one foot in front of the other kind of journey that requires empty, open hands, and a willing and surrendered heart.

 

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May 23, 2014

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it has been crazy these past two weeks since i came home from england.  london already feels like a life time ago.  i’ve been wanting to share photos and tell you about the trip, but it just hasn’t happened yet (next week!).  crossed an ocean, one of the great lakes, conquered customs and walked in the door to kids with the flu – a very long lasting one – that ushered us into this very harried week.  two starting baseball, 5th grade field trips, award ceremonies and a day that started with an unexpected and necessary trip to the doctor for one, and ended with a trip to the ER for another (everyone is ok, thank god!).  mix in regular responsibilities, working on the website update / launch and bad headaches (sinus headache suggestions anyone?) and, well, i’m ready for a weekend or two or three.

they say when it rains it pours.  i’ve found that to be true….not all the time, but occasionally.  i’m not for expecting monsoons at the sight of a drop, but sometimes a drop turns to rain and so on.  if i’m honest, i’m usually one that freaks out when it rains this kind of water.  sometimes, admittedly, even when it just sprinkles.

flash back a few weeks, before the pour, and i was packed and prepared.

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