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Getting ready to go

June 5, 2010

I’m not feeling very focused tonight. I was going to write some kind of semi-profound post about going away, preparing for what I expect will be a life-altering week, and leaving the family behind for the first time since Marcel’s breakdown. But nothing very profound is emerging.

So I will part with just a few random thoughts popping through my mind.

  • All is well in our household. There’s a lovely balance and a peacefulness I wouldn’t have expected even a month ago. I can go away without worry.
  • Last night, there were five extra teen girls sleeping in our house. I liked it, despite the late night giggling that occasionally woke me. I’ve always wanted to have the kind of home where teens feel comfortable hanging out.
  • Marcel and I went for a coffee date tonight, as we often do just before I leave. It wasn’t much, but it was lovely in its simplicity. I was struck by how strange the other girls (who spent the night in our house) thought it was that we still go out on date nights. None of their parents do.
  • I am going to ALIA with an open mind and an open heart. I want to see both mind and heart expanded by the things I hear and the people I encounter.
  • This morning I finished sewing the dress that Nikki designed for her junior high grad. It looks quite stunning. She could strut down a New York street with the Sex and the City girls and not feel out of place. (Yes, pictures will follow.) That girl’s got a future as a fashion designer!
  • I feel so very, very lucky that this life has taken me to so many interesting places. Sometimes I think I have the perfect life – just enough travel to satisfy my wanderlust, but then a comfortable home and beloved family to come home to when I’m done.
5 Comments leave one →
  1. June 6, 2010 6:24 am

    Have a beautiful trip Heather 🙂
    I am glad that your home is full of calm joy, I am also looking forward to hearing about your journey when you return.

  2. Dovelily permalink
    June 6, 2010 7:52 am

    I think you’re a very blessed lady, Heather! Your household is at peace, there are happy teenagers in your home (no mean feat, I understand, from friends who have teenagers), you still go on dates with your hubby, you have an amazing, exciting and life-altering trip ahead of you, you have a talented daughter(s)…seems to me your focus is in all the right places!

    Enjoy yourself next week! No doubt you will come back with even more blessings both for yourself and by extension, your family. 🙂

  3. June 6, 2010 8:52 am

    Have a great time! I think you’re very lucky being able to travel, as that’s one thing I lack in my life. It’s been great reading your last few posts, as you seem to have found something new in yourself – may it bloom and grow.

  4. June 6, 2010 11:56 am

    You DO have a perfect life. And you know it. Which is a double blessing!

    Have a wonderful trip!

  5. June 6, 2010 7:33 pm

    Enjoy the trip, conference, workshops, seminar — whatever is appropriate.

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