Tuesday, August 27, 2013

End of August

Wow!  Here we are at the end of August! 

In some ways, this summer has flown by in a blur.

In other ways, this summer has been the longest of my life!

Our Minnesota school, Liberty, had its first day of the 2013-14 school year yesterday, and it's amazing to think how far we've come from the last day of school in May.

We have driven through 18 different states, some of them multiple times. We have driven over 7,300 miles, not including "around town."  We have dipped our toes in both the Atlantic and the Pacific.

We have moved all of our earthly goods halfway across the country and endured all of the physical work of emptying one house and filling another, not to mention the emotional work of leaving a well-loved group of friends and starting over in a new place.  

Many of you know the things we are going through with finalizing our adoption right now, and that has consumed quite a bit of mental and emotional energy, as well.

But next week, we start a new school year, with new hopes and challenges for us.  Truly, a new adventure.

It will be strange for me to have just one little one at home again.  It's been thirteen years since I only had one little one at home, with no one homeschooling or anything!  

I will admit to looking forward to some quiet, though, especially after the hectic summer we've had.  Evie and I can take walks and visit parks and try out libraries and read books and experiment with new recipes for exotic after-school snacks.  And we'll take the loveliest naps!

Ah, nap time!  Best time of the day!  

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

On the road again

Yes, hard to believe, but we are on the road again. 

This time we are headed back to Minnesota.  Our excuse is a wedding at Mission, but it's also to see our friends one more time before school starts.

Images of Minnesota - Vacation Pictures
This photo of Minnesota is courtesy of TripAdvisor

It is a brief, but according to our kids at least, very necessary trip.

That's not to say John and I aren't looking forward to seeing our friends.  We are.  But we also could be content to stay home for quite some time yet.  We are a bit road-sore.

But with a full i-Pod and some Redvines for the road, we're set.

Please pray for safe travels for us and for a good time with friends, brief though the time will be!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Victoria magazine

Many years ago, a friend introduced me to a magazine called Victoria.  

It was this story in particular which sent a thrill through me.  The thrill of recognizing kindred spirits.

So many kindred spirits, in fact, that a whole magazine was dedicated to the things we loved!

Remember, this was the olden days, before Pinterest or Facebook or blogs connected us so easily with like-minded others.

Poetry, nostalgia, literature, art, beauty, flowers, history, and lots of flowy hair and skirts: bliss!

When the magazine closed up shop in 2004, it had 800,000 subscribers, and left an enormous gap in the publishing industry.  Some other magazines tried, but none truly filled the niche which Victoria had so beautifully filled.

And then, in 2007, she came back!

I happened to be looking at the magazine rack at Target, which I rarely do, but I think I always kept an eye out for something to replace my beloved Victoria, when there it was!

And there was much rejoicing!

Some say it's not the way it was the first time around and I'm sure that's true.  For one thing, there are far fewer photos that have been blurred to provide a misty, romantic aura.  And I'm okay with that.

I do think there is far more emphasis on women entrepeneurs; several are featured in every issue, rather than one issue dedicated to them, so in some ways, it's a little more focused on business.

More seize the new day than remember the old days.

But the romance is still there!

Lots of lovely lavender, blowsy peonies, luscious pink roses, bucolic countryside, stately homes, snatches of poetry, candlelit rooms, frothy lace dresses, fluttering ribbons, and more. 

I still get a thrill every time I see a new Victoria in the store, and savor each page when I get it home.

It remains an oasis of beauty in a loud, hectic, stressful world.