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VANCOOVER, BC, CANADA

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25 July 2016-  I love the Pacific North West

KETCHIKAN, ALASKA

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I am not much of a shopper, but I love walking on Creek Street- and all over Ketchikan for that matter.  As I strive to live minimally (less stuff, less clutter, less stress) and focus on the moment (what matters most)  I rarely shop-  except for groceries.  With that said chinookandcompany.com is pretty awesome.  Gourmet groceries.  Antiques.  Kavu sports wear.

Last summer I bought a blue Kavu skirt from Linda at Chinook&Company.  I now call it my uniform, because I wear it everyday. Chinook&Company is a small one person operation run by Linda Meuter, yet another tough and talented Alaskan woman.

This week I bought a case of this amazingly
delicious Sockeye Salmon.

           Elias coming out of Totem Bight Lodge

SKAGWAY, ALASKA 2016

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The Friend Ship - Disney Wonder 2016

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Alaska is a place of healing for me.  I am so thankful for the opportunity I've had to go there these last three summers.  Temperate rain forests, green, ocean, sea life, hiking, green.   Green is a color of new growth.  I have grown, and I continue to grow.  Growing hurts, yet, knowing pain has taught me to appreciate true joy.


SGA's Stroke

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Sweet Grandma Ardy had a stroke a couple of days after Grandpa's funeral.  She was taken to University of Utah Hospital.  She has lost her ability to speak and some control of her body.  Bless her sweet heart (seriously the sweetest).  She is a strong woman, 85 years and counting.  I love you SGA.

Road School Homeschool

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We started school in June when the kids school year ended.  For the next year Eric and I are solely accountable for their education.   There is something really extraordinary about taking on that responsibility.  It is daunting, certainly not easy, yet, so rewarding.  I am excited and  nervous, but mostly excited.

As I work to create mindfulness in my own life, I am finding that as I engage in listening to the kids read I am really "in the moment", not distracted by my phone, or NPR, or anything.  Just listening.   There is something really amazing about the power of now,  I don't necessarily enjoy the content of  See Spot Run or  Pokemon comics, however, it is pretty wonderful to hear the sweet voices of my babies,  take in the sunshine, see their expression, and (my favorite)  their response to praise.  I can't think of a better feeling than seeing confidence and pride twinkle in the eyes of a child.

    So, living in a tiny space with minimal resources, spending…

This Is Not The End

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This is not the End
But a separation temporary. Grandpa Henry is still with us, but in another realm.  He is in a state of paradise, happiness. No longer suffering or feeling pain, his faculties fully intact.  Grandpa’s  watching out for his family especially for Sweet Grandma Ardy.
Loves light shines far beyond this mortal world. And if we mindfully observe we can see the fruits of love, the blessings, the gifts produced by love.
Grandpa still has many gifts to share. We can still see the blessings of his generosity, find humor in his wittiness, and follow the example of his kind heart. I love you Grandpa.