Friday, January 17, 2014

Destination Empty Nest

the opposite of stopclassic diner dinner100+ years of learningtradition nowalways just a one night experience for menever get this chance again
morning has spokenbeepboopboopWelcomeSquirrlies everywhere1910rawr
more flashing before my eyesSo many new thingsbecause bowling is huge in Ohio!that decides thatthe deluge outside reflected the deluge in my heartthrough the rain
any other cloudy dayafter the stormold soullet the college staging begin....beauty personifiedmorphing pile of stuff
Destination Empty Nest, a set on Flickr.
The holidays barely behind us, and deep in to hockey season and nary a peep from me about my daughter's initial departure to college. I don't feel too terribly horrible about it. I'd like to think it is the result of my free time being occupied with things other than non-work screen time. Though admittedly I did probably/totally spend some time using my small screen (iPhone) to edit photos (via some great apps) I took in the second half of 2013.

I tried several times to write a post documenting my girlie's send off to higher education and her first real test as an adult succeeding in the world; but I guess for me it is best done through my favorite story telling medium.

I am very proud of my daughter. I know that she knows this is an amazing opportunity and she is taking full advantage of it. It is the biggest compliment I could ask from her. That and her new found love of hockey.

Way to go kid, WAY TO GO.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

so much and so little...

a lot has happened since this respite in an other wise fast paced summer. At some point I will post about those activities; but for now I would like to share something else with you.

As mentioned previously I have suffered chronically situational depression at varying degrees throughout my life. The past year has been challenging for various reasons; and I've not always handled the stress with ease. We're still adjusting to some of those changes (posts for later); but honestly I am feeling mostly calm and lots  hopeful, more so than I've been in a long time, about the coming days.

One thing I'll be doing in those days is taking "a walk" with Lincoln in support of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She and I participated in a few walks while we lived in the NW; and she has joined her dad and Nana for a few Breast Cancer Walks since moving here. But it has been awhile and this reason seemed front and center. So we are a team, and we have a page and yes, of course we would love to make our team goal; but mostly it is an activity we can do together that acknowledges our own family's struggle with mental illness, including an uncle with schizophrenia.

don't let its thorny edges scare you
As always I am forever grateful to my friends and family who continue to love and support me even at my lowest. It is often what helps me continue to survive and thrive. 

you never know what beauty you might find