Lately Around here

This week really felt like it was the first week of summer to me.  The hazy, hot weather came around but the cool nights that came with it, made it more bearable.  Things are moving along with the house and starting to feel more familiar, more like home.  I think that any big move requires time to settle in so that you don’t feel like you’re living in someone else’s house.  (Which I feel like I’m doing a little of right now.)  The personal touches really help to make it more homey so I’m working on more of that these days.  I know it’s all a process and unfolding like it should.

My niece graduated from 8th grade!  I can remember the day she was born–so pink and pretty, I feel so lucky to watch her grow up into such an amazing, kind and spunky young girl.  And Grace isn’t far behind!  Both of my nieces are such a treasure to me.

The Girls

The babies finally flew the coop from the nest on our deck–mama bird kept careful watch over them for weeks, I can’t believe how fast they grew!  I was really sad to see them go, but I’m happy they are healthy and moving on.  Chris said he saw one fly off from the nest–poor little guy actually flew into the glass door, but he recovered quickly 🙂

Family of birds

Sunday Chris and I pretended we were on vacation–some good food and a beer overlooking the beach?  Yes, please.

Pop's Garage

A picture we took that day reminded me of this quote: “And maybe it is only by finding yourself that you can feel the true intensity of becoming close to another person.” (David Levithan)  There’s lots of learning and growing going on over here…

me and Chris

And how lucky are we?  A magnolia tree in bloom!  It’s actually our neighbor’s tree but it’s right on our driveway.  Still.  The smell of it is divine, and the sight of the blooms takes my breath away every time.  (Just to give some perspective–this bloom is as big as my open hand. It’s THAT big!)

Magnolia

 

Link Love

Some of my favorite links around the web this week:

I love this instagram challenge–who doesn’t need some radical self love?  

Judy Blume is writing another adult novel.  I was obsessed with her in the 80’s!

At what moment do you finally become yourself? 

This lady has a beautiful way of creating art: Alana Hennessy.

Easing up on righteousness: may we all leave space to wonder.

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