And it feels GREAT! Yay for art journaling!!!! Now to go wash this stuff off
Today I went on a field trip with Max and Little A to an ice cream parlor. There were cakes and pies and brownies and wonderful sweets and of course, rich, luscious ice cream! I think all field trips should involve ice cream. Who do I write to get that law passed? The place was decked out with the energetic and fun artwork by kids from a local high school. The pastry case was full of astounding treats like strawberry rhubarb pie and chantilly cake. I’m definitely coming back here and getting a treat for myself during this Summer!
This was the view from my window on the way home from our weekend, which we needed almost as much as we appreciated. I know that I use the word beautiful quite often when I describe the Pacific Northwest, but it is just a gorgeous, breathtaking location. I’ve been here over ten years and I am still thrilled by the majesty of mountains that touch the sky, forests that seem to paint the landscape in infinite green, dancing, clear waterfalls, sculpted plateaus, raging rivers, bubbling streams and the roar of the mighty Pacific Ocean. All of our vacation adventures haven’t been positive in the past (remember when Little A broke her foot during that trip to the coast – definitely NOT good times), but we were all so happy to be doing something we had not done in a long time that this weekend was absolutely excellent. We had our moments of frustration and imperfection, but we had many more moments of inspiration and discovery. One of my first Washington friends told me that she and her family sometimes went out to a local hotel every now and then, just to have a change of scenery. I did not understand the value of having different surroundings then, but I definitely get it now. It’s time to whip out my calendar and get to planning for the rest of this Summer, but I’ll be doing it with a much lighter heart and easier mind than when I started this weekend, and I know that alone is priceless.
I love that song by Mary Mary. It’s about not surrendering in the face of adversity and let me just say that this past week (and last weekend) I have had my share of it. Teenager drama. Little kid drama. Parent drama. Spousal drama. I don’t know how I’m going to get through this, but I know that I AM going to get through this. Yesterday, I went walking and it started raining really heavily. It just felt like life was raining all over me in spite of or because of the fact that I was trying to do the right thing and treat people like I wanted to be treated. God is still good, and I know I will prevail.