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This Summer

August 13, 2015

This summer.  Whew.

  • I have spent time talking with a dear friend and his wife about his terminal illness.
  • I have spent time keeping company with my cousin [technically first-cousin-once-removed] as she receives her chemo infusion.
  • We have spent time saying goodbye to some special people who are leaving here for other good things in California, Calgary, and Knoxville, Tennessee.
  • We have spent a LOT of time helping my mother-in-law pack and move here from another state, then unpack and adjust and figure out her new normal.  Nearly every night after dinner is Help Strategy.  It’s like a board game.  But with real people with unpredictable and real problems, and not actually any fun.

Still, now that it is mid-August (where the heck did most of the summer go???), we have much to be grateful for.

  • So many family visitors, including my whole family staying at our house for an amazing and memorable week.  Special shout-out to Kirsten as she starts her year teaching in Japan!
  • I got to meet and share stories with seven amazing twin mamas, plus my extra bonus of rocking, soothing, feeding, and diapering very small babies (and getting spit up on, drooled on, and pooped on).  Man, I love babies, and man, are they hard.
  • There have been days which feel normal and therefore blissful.  A run that didn’t result in any of my body parts hurting.  Watching them at swim class.  Actually folding and putting away laundry.  Time to make dinner.  Time to make phone calls and respond to e-mails.  An afternoon of two kids playing happily outside and one kid playing happily inside for almost two hours.  Pinwheels.  Bike riding.  A pleasant dinner without utensils being thrown or bubbles being blown in milk or food spilling due to excessive silliness.
  • Neighbors who make our lives so much better–like K, who set up a kiddie pool in her backyard even though her grandkids have long outgrown it, so my kids could splash and play and eat popcorn and I could have time in the house to myself.  Our block party is one of the highlights of my summer.

Here are more good things, from June till now:

Aunts

Uncles

Grandparents

Cousins

Nannies

Dear Friends

First Family Camping Trip!  (At Larrabee State Park in Bellingham, overlooking Samish Bay)

S’mores

Blackberries

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Yoga

Regular silliness

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  1. rayaless permalink
    August 19, 2015 2:14 am

    So, so many FANTASTIC photographs Michelle! Such a full, full summer; there’s MUCH to catch up on (which we anticipate doing soon 🙂 ). I marvel at your ability to engage deeply with so many people’s lives… and at times of great importance for each individual. A genuine gift!!… And certainly not one we all as naturally possess as you! Therefore, I’m not struck at the depth of meaning your summer already held, and look forward to hearing more in person this week. Many Blessings!!

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