life is funny*

waffleTwo years ago, on a rare sunny and warm summer day in Brussels, my best friend (who had flown across two oceans to be with me in my valley) and I sat on my back deck and marveled at how weird life can be. She was there because my husband had moved out after asking for a divorce. This was after painful months of learning of his infidelities and trying to save our marriage. I wasn’t eating or sleeping and was trapped in Belgium as I waited for the military to move me back to the US. She brought blue skies and laughter with her, and sitting out in the sunshine was balm to my body, soul, and mind. And even more strange, we were using her iPad to watch her husband appear in episodes of a French reality show.

Life is funny, y’all.

We could have never dreamed up that scenario. As we reflected on it, we wondered where we’d be the next summer.

Well, the next summer found me with a full life in Georgia, and meeting up with her in Portland, Oregon, as I joined up with CAbi.

And this summer, we caught up again, meeting in Denver for CAbi, and then in Georgia where she was seeing her son graduate from boot camp at Ft. Benning. We marveled that our annual check-in this time found us praying that her son could successfully toss a grenade and celebrating my upcoming marriage!

I can’t begin to guess what will be going on by next summer!






*sometimes it’s haha funny and sometimes it’s strange funny. and sometimes it’s a combination of the two.

one of those weeks

This week has been crazy busy, and I’m at that point where I’m too tired to sleep. Do you ever get there? My brain just keeps going while my body is crying out “No more!”  I’m busy with good things (except my car battery dying and keeping me out past my bedtime!), but I’m not getting enough sleep or any time to catch my breath or think.To get through this week, I’ve been telling myself to press on until Sunday afternoon, when I can finally crash and take a long nap. Ahhh, the wonders of the Sunday afternoon nap. It’s almost like God knew we needed  a day of rest or something. 😉

Next week the schedule looks a little lighter, so I will make a priority of doing some list-making for my son’s upcoming wedding. It’s time to start checking off some things in preparation for that happy event. I do love the checking off of the lists…

For now I wish you a happy Saturday. I’m looking forward to mine. Caroline and her Aaron are home and I have a CAbi show this morning. (A shameless plug for my business: If you’re in the Georgia/Florida/Alabama area and are interested in getting gorgeous clothes for 1/2 price, let me know and I’ll take my show on the road. It’s a fun way to get together with your girlfriends and get some bargains at the same time.)

Tired — but grateful,




this photo has nothing to do with the adventure i had tonight, but I could hardly photograph that*!

*my mom and i were stranded in Tallahassee tonight when my car battery died. it was about 40 degrees. my dad came to the rescue. we decided to laugh instead of cry, and we survived.