Go where you will …

We are back from the beach, where so many family traditions were faithfully observed: shrimp pasta, fish tacos, apple uglies from the Orange Blossom Bakery, pizza from Nino’s, Heather’s fruit salsa, chocolate chip cookie dough, ice cream sundaes … the list goes on and on. And yes, I do believe food is love.

My daughters have their own tradition of dressing up on the last night and taking pictures in the glow of the setting sun. I especially like this year’s …

So now we are back and busy beyond words, with no time for stitching. Getting our house ready …

Hoping to move closer to help with the newest member of the family … but oh, how very much we will miss the land, this place we have called home for the past nine years.

31 thoughts on “Go where you will …

  1. Lovely photo of your girls, the generations but what a shock to learn that you will be leaving your wonderful land: understand the why of it but the doing of it…the weeding, the wandering, the wondering of all that you saw before you, the inspiration of working and coming to know and love the land. So you will take this with you, you have such incredible cloth documentation of this place you loved and you will come to know a new place, will hold it in cloth and hopefully, share it with us. I wish you and Don well in the selling, in the moving, in the homecoming. Do I assume correctly that you will be moving to Austin?

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    1. Marti – thank you … yes, the blog will continue to hold memory for us, as will cloth. We are hoping to move to Buda, just south of Austin … fingers crossed.

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  2. Oh my! I am lost for words! You know my dear friend that all I ever wish for you and Don is the very best. Love and Blessings.

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  3. I’m so surprised! But completely understand. Good luck with it all — the sale and then the move itself. Keep us all posted here. We will eventually be downsizing and going Somewhere, too, so you are a model! Those girls look amazing. You must be so proud.

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    1. Dee – the biggest surprise was that we ever found ourselves tending five acres in Texas … we are now looking for property more along the lines of the downsizing envisioned ten years ago when we first moved here

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    1. Connie – shucks … we’ll be right down the road … and I’ll look forward to coming back to SMR to visit …

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  4. Shock. Wow. I thought you and Don were too deeply rooted on your land to leave, but that, I see now, is an indictment of my limited vision. I only see what you show through this bloggy knothole (thank your for the moving picture of your gorgeous girls), so I don’t really appreciate the myriad forces moving through your life. Of course there are other motivations that you choose not to share, or only hint at, so how can I know really what is best for you? There are many kinds of roots and family is a big one. I, too, live on a largish property that I love with all my heart and that I have known is some ways since childhood. I would call my roots deep and certainly my feelings are strong, but I may also have to make other choices as circumstances evolve. I wish you and Don simplicity and ease as you go through your transitions. I definitely want to hear all about it.

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    1. Dana – there’s so much backstory … I could write a book, let alone a blog. We do have a history of seeming to act precipitously, but in truth there is usually much consideration in advance of letting folks know what we’re up to. Thanks much for your good wishes …

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  5. The long and winding road…
    Where you go, I will follow!
    Love to read of your family traditions! And oh my….your beautiful gals 🙂
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    “Tradition is the handing down orally of stories, beliefs, and
    customs from generation to generation.”

    “Traditions can be adapted from familiar comfortable patterns.
    Traditions don’t have to be old.”

    “Traditions provide stability and help us focus on what is important.”
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    Live each season
    as it passes;
    breathe the air,
    drink the drink,
    taste the fruit,
    and resign yourself
    to the influences of each.
    –Henry David Thoreau
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    Family traditions counter alienation and confusion. They help us define who we are; they provide something steady, reliable and safe in a confusing world.
    Susan Lieberman

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  6. And thanks to all for your sweet comments about our girls … to say I am proud of them is certainly a vast understatement … likewise, to say I love them beyond words to tell

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  7. am back, looking, thinking.
    what is the meaning of the phrase…Glory Days?
    what are Glory Days?

    i’m not going to look it up, just keep it as the words that came into my mind this morning.

    i don’t know what all led to your decision. But i know that in the middle of my life, i wanted
    to become self absorbed. And i did, for the most part. For years. And then, all of a sudden, it seemed,
    i’d gotten enough of that. My need for self absorption became uhhhh, specific. Not all
    encompassing. I needed SOME space in my mind, SOME very specific things i had
    come upon, the growing of plants, the drawing, the creating cloth things and then quite
    accidentally, becoming part of a herd of Goats, becoming a Goat, really,
    and just becoming part of the earthLife of the piece of planet i inhabited. Just these things
    had become fine tuned and i had a sense of Enough. And i turned, and saw them,
    the “girls” in my life…had become women. daughter and granddaughter who is 31 years
    old this month, and i saw them as entering their own Glory Days, their own maturity
    entering a very significant chunk of time in their lives and there was a SHIFT. and
    they moved from the periphery to the center and i moved toward that center. That’s
    still happening, that centering movement, and it feels just very organic.

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    1. This is beyond-words perfect … such a wonderful summing of how priorities change over time … not rightly or wrongly … but differently …

      And implicit in all of it is a sense of paying attention … being mindful of one’s place in the world … and acting on that knowing

      I am so glad our paths crossed five years ago …

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  8. How natural it seems that time turns us. I’m feeling a bit crazy and then so sane at the same time. how nice to be in a similar boat.

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  9. Hi LA – what a gorgeous group photo. Always hard to make a move from a place you have created; but love and family wins out. Go well. B

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  10. What a surprise to see that sign, but after seeing the first photo, it makes complete heart-sense. It’s interesting how many in this circle have/are shifting home spaces. The need to move was pulling at me this year, but it turns out I only needed a room. Perhaps I’m in the “self” phase Grace talked of? Best wishes for ease throughout this process.

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  11. such a lovely photo of your gorgeous girls; your’s is a huge country, especially compared to ours, and wanting to be closer to your family makes perfect sense to me

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    1. I sometimes think it would be lovely to live in a country that could be driven across in a day … especially as we are soon to be Missouri-bound for Thanksgiving … a two-day journey each way!

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